Now that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has fallen on the sword for speaking with Russian officials and lying to Vice President Mike Pence about the conversation, one member of Congress is wondering whether the recording of the conversation with the Russians was done on the up-and-up.
Devin Nunes (R-CA), the chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, has said that it’s not clear whether the FBI had a warrant to record Flynn in the first place.
“Any intelligence agency cannot listen to Americans’ phone calls,” Nunes told reporters Tuesday night. “If there’s inadvertent collection that you know is overseas there’s a whole process in place for that.”
He explained, “It’s pretty clear that’s not the case, so then they could have been listening to someone else and inadvertently picked up an American. If that happens, there’s a whole process in place to where they have to immediately get rid of the information unless it’s like high level national security issue and then someone would have to unmask the name — someone at the highest levels.”
“So in this case it would be General Flynn and then how did that happen. Then if they did that, then how does all that get out to the public which is another leak of classified information,” Nunes added. “I’m pretty sure the FBI didn’t have a warrant on Michael Flynn.”
Nunes is demanding that the FBI explain itself, but of course Flynn has already resigned. Republicans aren’t the only ones looking into the matter. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is calling for an investigation into the Flynn situation, along with “other Trump personnel,” whatever that means. Schumer has asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation.
I have a feeling we haven’t heard that last of the Michael Flynn story. Not by a longshot.