Devin Nunes, House Intelligence Committee Chair, commented on the resignation of Flynn, saying “That’s nine leakers that all belong in jail.”
“Those nine people broke the law, clearly, by leaking classified information to anybody,” continued Nunes.
The Trump White House has chosen to focus on who leaked this information, with the President himself tweeting, “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!”
The Wall Street Journal also published a story raising concerns as to why Flynn’s phone calls were being monitored.
“It’s pretty clear that’s not the case,” he said. “I’m pretty sure the FBI didn’t have a warrant on Michael Flynn … To listen to an American’s phone call you would have to go to a court, there’d be all that paperwork there. So I’m guessing that doesn’t exist,” explained Nunes.
The Washington Post reports further:
“I expect for the FBI to tell me what is going on, and they better have a good answer,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which is conducting a review of Russian activities to influence the election. “The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”
Although it remains unclear whether Flynn himself was being monitored for any reason, his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were intercepted because the Russians’ calls are routinely monitored.
Separately Tuesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said he had no plans to further probe links between Flynn and Russia. “It’s taken care of itself at this point,” he said.
Facing reporters, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) brushed off questions about whether Congress needs to further investigate the Trump administration’s dealings with Russia, saying he was “not going to prejudge the circumstances” of Flynn’s calls. Ryan suggested he was most troubled that Flynn may have misled Vice President Pence about the substance of the calls.
“I think the president made the right decision,” he said. “You cannot have a national security adviser misleading the vice president.”
Nunes said it was “very hard to believe” that Flynn was acting as “some sort of secret Russian agent.”
He also said he saw some hypocrisy in the response of Democrats to the Flynn recording.
“Where are all the privacy groups screaming now?” he asked.
Flynn resigned Monday night after a well-sourced Washington Post article that Flynn had discussed sanctions on Russia with Russian officials before President Trump was sworn in as President. This was despite Flynn’s repeated denial of discussing that with Russia, going as far as to mislead the Vice President on the topics of conversation.