Pelosi, Schiff Send Letter to DNI Requesting Immediate Briefing on Flynn
Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff sent a letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence Michael Dempsey requesting a comprehensive intelligence briefing on former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian officials, including access to the unredacted transcripts of these conversations.
“Michael Flynn’s conversations with the Russian Ambassador, and any other efforts to undermine U.S. sanctions against Russia for its interference in our elections, are of profound concern to all Americans,” said Leader Pelosi and Ranking Member Schiff. “Congress needs an immediate briefing on the counterintelligence implications of these alarming actions.”
Below is the text of the letter:
February 15, 2017
The Honorable Michael Dempsey
Dear Acting Director Dempsey:
As you know, the Intelligence Committees of Congress have begun bipartisan inquiries into the Russian Active Measures campaign against the U.S. The House Intelligence Committee's inquiry, among other things, specifically encompasses counterintelligence concerns related to Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.
While we fully expect that the committee’s inquiry will contribute to our full understanding of the Russian intervention, the severity and urgency of the counterintelligence threat from Moscow demands more immediate attention.
Accordingly, we request a comprehensive intelligence briefing on Russia by February 28, 2017. This briefing should include information about former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian officials, and should also provide unredacted transcripts of any intercepted conversations or communications he had with Russian officials.
We also urge you to provide this information to the other Members of the Leadership of the House and Senate and the Members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.