Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said on Friday that President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea signals that the House Judiciary Committee now has “more than enough evidence” to launch an investigation into obstruction of justice by President Trump.
“There is now more than enough evidence to form the basis of a congressional investigation into the President’s obstruction of justice—and it is long past time that the House Committee on the Judiciary engage on this matter. I urge Chairman Goodlatte to finally begin our oversight work without delay,” Nadler said in a statement.
“This development adds further weight to our suspicion of President Trump’s corrupt motives when he approached former FBI Director Comey about the Flynn investigation and asked that he ‘let it go,'” he said.
Nadler’s comments come after reports that Flynn pleaded guilty to “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
Flynn spoke to a “senior official” on Trump’s transition team at Mar-a-Lago to go over what he should communicate to the Russian ambassador in December of 2016, according to Federal prosecutors.
Flynn is expected to testify that President Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the 2016 campaign, ABC News reported on Friday.