February 13, 2017
Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement demanding answers directly from President Trump on the unanswered questions surrounding National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s resignation from his position after reportedly discussing sanctions relief with Russia while he was still a civilian and then lying about it:
“The White House was told by the Justice Department weeks ago that Michael Flynn lied to them about talking with the Russians, yet didn’t take any action to remove him from his position of power until these offenses were made public through dogged reporting. And even then, it took four days to show him the door.
“Would Flynn still have been entrusted with the security of the American people if this never became public? Did the White House intentionally mislead the American people about Flynn’s connections to Russia? And under whose authority was Flynn talking to the Russians about sanctions relief in the first place after we knew they attacked our democracy? Making Flynn the scapegoat doesn’t answer these questions.
“The ruble stops here. The American people deserve answers from President Trump himself. And if he doesn’t give them, then Congress must go get them.”
President Harry Truman kept a sign on his desk in the Oval Office that said “the buck stops here,” which was his way of taking responsibility for every decision that came out of his White House.