Michael Flynn still has supporters – the heads of the foreign affairs committees in both Russia’s upper and lower houses of parliament.
Democrats and Republicans alike were quick to weigh in on Michael Flynn’s late-night resignation as Trump’s National Security Advisor.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee issued a joint statement Tuesday morning calling for an immediate briefing and demanding to know why Flynn was not “dismissed three weeks ago.”
NBC News reports that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said that Flynn’s resignation was “all but ordained the day he misled the country about his secret talks with the Russian ambassador.”
Hillary Clinton weighed in, retweeting a joke by Philippe Reines who worked for her as a senior aide in both the Senate and the Department of State. Clinton tweeted: “Philippe’s got his own way of saying things, but he has a point about the real consequences of fake news…” while Reines offered some employment advice:
Dear Mike Flynn & Mike Flynn Jr.,
What goes around COMETS around.
And given your pizza obsession…https://t.co/rmyO7wyJKX
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) February 14, 2017
Republican Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) tweeted that he was “Glad Michael Flynn is gone from White House. We need more sanctions on Russia, not fewer!”
However, never fear – Flynn did have his supporters – namely high ranking Russian officials.
As The Washington Post reported early this morning, “The heads of the foreign affairs committees in both Russia’s upper and lower houses of parliament chalked up Michael Flynn’s resignation to a dark campaign of Russophobia in Washington, and said it would undermine relations between the White House and the Kremlin.”
- Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, wrote a post on Facebook mentioning “thoughtcrime,” a reference to the George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.” “To force the resignation of the national security adviser for contacts with the Russian ambassador (normal diplomatic practice) is not even paranoia, but something immeasurably worse,” he continued, adding: “Either Trump has failed to gain his desired independence and is being cornered consistently (and not without success), or Russophobia has infected even the new administration, from top to bottom.”
- “Flynn was ‘pushed out’ not because of his mistake, but because of the unfolding campaign of aggression, ‘Russian for the Exit!’ shout the newspapers. Paranoia and a witch hunt,” tweeted Alexey Pushkov, a senator with the United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin. In another tweet he wrote: “The mission isn’t Flynn, it’s relations with Russia.”
- Leonid Slutsky, head of the lower house’s affairs committee, said in remarks released by his press service that “It is kind of a negative signal for normalizing the Russian-American dialogue.”
NBC News reports that “While the Kremlin’s supporters piled in, the government itself remained neutral. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, told state-run news agencies that the matter was ‘none of our business.'”