Roy Blunt, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said during the briefing that he believes it is “likely” that Flynn will be asked to testify before the panel.
On Tuesday, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz reportedly indicated on that he would not pursue further investigation into Flynn’s resignation. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, suggested that he would rather focus on why intelligence was collected on Flynn’s contacts with Russia and subsequently leaked, than on what Trump may or may not have known.
“I expect for the FBI to tell me what is going on, and they better have a good answer,” he said, according to The Post. CNN’s Manu Raju reported on Tuesday that Nunes said his committee would not “look into discussions between Trump and Flynn, citing executive privilege.”
Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr offered only a muted response in a statement. “Mike Flynn served his country with distinction. The President needs a National Security Advisor whom he can trust and I defer to him to decide who best fills that role.”
Senator Rand Paul even went so far as to suggest that it would be excessive for Republicans to closely scrutinize the actions of a member of their own party. “I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party,” the Kentucky senator said in an interview, according to CNN’s KFILE. “We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do, like repealing Obamacare, if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.”
Other Republican Senators however, said Flynn’s resignation deserved a closer look.
CNN reported that Senator John Cornyn “told reporters Tuesday that the Senate standing committees with oversight of intelligence need to investigate Flynn.” Meanwhile, Senator John McCain reportedly called the resignation “a troubling indication of the dysfunction of the current national security apparatus.” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said during an interview with CNN that he wants to know: “did General Flynn do this by himself or was he directed by somebody to do it?”
Democrats will likely be unified in calling for further inquries. During a press conference on Tuesday, Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee emphasized the need for a “thorough investigation of any contacts between the Trump campaign and any Russian officials during the course of the campaign.”
Specifically referring to what transpired with Flynn, Schiff criticized Ryan’s remarks earlier in the day, saying that he was “very disappointed to see the Speaker today unwilling to commit to investigate these communications between Flynn and the Russian ambassador.” He added that, if Ryan “is not willing to commit to this, he ought to allow the formation of an independent commission, and get out of the way.”
Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that “the American people deserve to know at whose direction Gen. Flynn was acting when he made these calls, and why the White House waited until these reports were public to take action.”