The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, obstructed justice in a private conversation about sanctions against Russia.
The panel’s top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has asked DOJ to review Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, including his assertion that the two men discussed sanctions during a February phone call.
The Justice Department is still working out details of the request, Feinstein said Thursday.
Flynn resigned from the Trump administration in February, shortly after the president fired Flynn and fired Comey.
He was fired again later that month, for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of the conversations.
In the conversation, which occurred just before Flynn resigned, Kislyak said he was “not familiar” with Trump’s decision to fire Flynn.
Fisher had been a top aide to Trump from 2016 until 2018.
He joined the Trump campaign in January.
He also worked as an adviser to Flynn’s former boss, then-candidate Donald Trump.
Fischer told Pence that he was confident that Trump was “right” about Flynn’s credibility.
The two discussed the possibility of using sanctions against Moscow, Flynn said.
Fusion GPS, a Republican-backed political consulting firm, was hired by Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Trump in an effort to help defeat the Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections.
The firm produced research on the president’s former National Security Adviser, Michael T. Flynn, who resigned after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Pence about his conversations with Kislyak.
In a tweet, Feinstein thanked the Justice Dept. for sending the letter to the DOJ.
“It is a good first step toward bringing the truth to light.
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Flynn is facing pressure to cooperate with the inquiry, which Feinstein said was part of a concerted effort to derail Flynn’s nomination for attorney general.
On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Flynn should testify before the panel.
The Judiciary Committee is also looking into Trump’s firing of Flynn, as well as whether he lied about his contact with the Russians during his time as national security advisor.
In response to the committee’s inquiry, Flynn’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, released a statement on Friday, saying Flynn was “fully cooperating” with the probe.