House Republicans File Demand For Investigation Into Michael Flynn Leaks, But Not Flynn’s Ties To Russia

ABC News reports:

The top Republicans on the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees have asked the Department of Justice inspector general to investigate potential leaks involving classified information at the department following the resignation of White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

In a Wednesday letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, requested an “immediate investigation” into the potential mishandling of classified information, citing reports ahead of Flynn’s resignation about his discussions with the Russian ambassador to the United States about sanctions.

“We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information here,” the Republicans wrote in the letter. While Democrats have uniformly called for investigations into Flynn’s conversations, the White House’s handling of the episode, House GOP leaders have instead focused on the leaks.

  • greenmanTN

    Because god forbid the really nasty shit underlying all of this come to light.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    It makes me wonder what is in the dossier the Russians have on Chaffetz.

    • Rambie

      Probably nothing, he’s just a cheap whore so they just throw some cash.

    • B Snow

      Maybe someone should begin investigating him. And if they don’t find anything the first time, have six more investigations just in case.

      • (((GC)))

        But that treatment is only for Democrats! πŸ™‚

  • Todd20036

    Because Flynn is going to be made into the fall guy by Drumpf. It’s not like he wants anything uncovered that could implicate him, right?

  • pj

    circle the wagons

  • Paul David

    How long does everyone think the GOP can be like, “Keep moving, folks! Nothing to see here!” with all this?

    Not long methinks…this Russian intelligence stuff is here to stay…and will likely sink this administration.

    • Chris Baker

      As long as it doesn’t affect their voters. Trump could be caught with a dead 11-year-old boy in his bed and they would just say: “We don’t care about his personal life, we just care that he governs like we want him to. And by the way, it is disgraceful how the newspapers reported on that story and we will find out what White House employee leaked it to them and punish them!”

      • zhera

        “The boy was a liberal plant and it’s all a false flag op!”

        • robirob

          The boy never existed, because FAKE NEWS!

          • zhera

            Hillary killed the boy and placed him in Donnie’s bed while Donnie was unconscious because she drugged him!

      • clay

        or the donors.

        The Kochs are happy to support whatever GOP power there is, unless that power gets “mussed” in all this, too.

    • DesertSun59

      The media isn’t letting go of this issue. That’s a good thing.

  • Mike C

    The entire GOP is compromised by Russia.

    • Todd20036

      Russia working with Nazis. Talk about a turn of events!

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      • Craig Howell

        Russia allied itself with the Nazis in 1939, setting the stage for their mutual invasion and dismemberment of Poland. That alliance, though, did not end well.

        • -M-

          Today’s Russian leaders know to defect first.

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      • Steverino

        Politics makes for strange bunkerfellows.

    • crewman

      They don’t want to investigate because they know what they’ll fine, and all they care about is power. Their “investigations” are nothing more than political weapons masquerading as actual investigations to fool the public and to inflict maximum damage.

      • DesertSun59

        Indeed. It’s pretty clear now. They need some signatures on their legislation more than they want the nation to be functional.

      • Steverino

        Kevin McCarthy essentially admitted as much, with respect to the myriad investigations against Hillary.

    • zhera

      It’s like the plot of Captain America: Winter Soldier. I’m expecting heli-carriers to rise up from the Potomac River any day now.

  • Gustav2

    Daddy, they are telling on me!

    • DaddyRay

      Son, Good πŸ™‚

  • Boreal
  • j.martindale

    The fact that Russian intelligence agencies have potential access to all of American secrets doesn’t worry these traitors. What worries them is that their orange shitgibbon is losing power because the people know too much. Don’t lock them up. Hang them!!!!

    • “potential?”

      honey, they can read any email anyone in this country sends or receives. govt worker, rich person, gay activist… ruskies are all over our interwebs. hell, we’ve even got some here, trolling topics they don’t want us to talk and think about.

  • clay

    You say “leaker.”
    I say “whistle-blower”.
    Trumps says “Russian prostitute”.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      Russian prostitute? …I say Urine inspector

      • Waarki

        You say potato… I say GOP buttplug

  • The Milkman

    Of course they don’t want to investigate the Russia ties. That is completely unsurprising. But truth has a way of coming out. And when that disclosure process is driven by our national intelligence apparatus, it might be quicker.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      The stupid thing is that if it’s the intelligence agencies providing all the drive to reveal the truth, it just makes the entire GOP look guilty for dragging their feet. The Gop is shooting itself.

      • -M-

        The Republicans are guilty for dragging their feet.

        It’s all criminal collusion, as long as he signs the bills they want and nominates judges who’ll help them gut the constitution they’ll continue let him get away with anything.

      • geoffalnutt

        It’s their only choice…other than calling it “media lies”. They are ALL complicit. The Republican Party is Russia, now.

  • j.martindale

    One neat thing about this crisis is that if anyone will know how leaking can be done effectively, it will be the intelligence community. The goopers have picked the wrong fall guys this time.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      If they think that the agency won’t protect the leakers, they are nuts.

  • DaddyRay

    Trump didn’t think there would be consequences for criticizing the intelligence community – what a noob

  • Tawreos

    My how the world has changed, when I was kid the GOP was gung-ho for a war with Russia. Today, they don’t care that Russia influenced our election and possibly has compromising information on the president, all they care about is who is telling people that laws may have been broken. Party over country is not a philosophy that will make the country grow.

    • Chris Baker

      Exactly. Back in my day, Russia was the big enemy. Russia was poised to attack and force every American to choose to spit on their Bible or be shot in the head. Now that we have Islam as the new enemy, Russia is our new BFF.

      • Craig Howell

        Likewise, when I was growing up as a Catholic kid, every Mass would end with a “Prayer for the Conversion of Russia.” Putin is not what we were praying for.

      • (((GC)))

        We have always been at war with Eastasia.

  • Sam_Handwich

    by all means, please keep poking the IC with a stick

    • -M-

      If it was me, I’d slip a note under his office door one night, “Dear Mr Chaffetz, Please see the morning papers re: the memos we gave you about Trump’s ties to and communications with agents of the Russian kleptocracy.”

    • Todd20036

      Hey, whatever turns you on. I don’t judge.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Mike Solo

    Should start a lottery pool of when the big news that Trump was complicit with the Russians comes out. I’m thinking sometime in April.

  • vernacular100

    Chaffetz could plug the leaks just from the shit that comes out his mouth!

  • crewman

    This is like when someone captures a video of police brutality, and instead of going after the policeman, they go after the person who took the video.

    • DesertSun59

      A perfect analogy.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Right. Like when all the livestock abuse vids came out, instead of dealing with THAT problem, state legislatures outlawed documenting the abuse.
      =AgGag bills =

      • Steverino

        SLAPP lawsuits.

    • ColdCountry

      Exactly!

  • SnowFlake

    The thing is, if a Dem did the same thing I would still want it investigated. This cannot be ignored no matter which party did the deed.

    • David Walker

      If a Dem did the same thing, there most certainly WOULD be an investigation…one at least and probably many more.

      • Steverino

        Even if a Dem didn’t do the same thing (or anything illegal), there still would be multiple investigations.
        #HillaryClinton

    • ColdCountry

      So why aren’t the Dems kicking up more shit? They may be outnumbered, but they don’t seem to be saying much. Or not as much as I’d like them to be saying.

  • billbear1961

    Theses traitors want so desperately to stifle the TRUTH!!

    I will not recognize the “authority” of a government of GANGSTERS.

    • JCF
    • (((GC)))

      A talking point from my calls earlier today to my congresscritters:

      Senior officials from the Trump campaign were in constant and continuous contact with Russian intelligence, according to CNN and the New York Times. Trump may be guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors warranting articles of impeachment, depending on what he knew and when he knew it. His advisers could have committed treason.

      Until an investigation is completed, Trump’s mandate is suspect. Nothing he does – no executive order, no Supreme Court appointment, no legislation he sends to Congress – is legitimate.

      (I ended up leaving a message at my Republican senator’s office, after failing to get a human being at several of the offices. I was prepared to answer a staffer’s objection, “that’s just your opinion” or some such, with “it’s the strong conclusion of many of the senator’s constituents. He’ll need to address that, and not be seen as going along with an illegitimate president, if he wants to be reelected.”)

  • JT

    Condemn Chaffetz. Revere Heifetz.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFaq9kTlcaY

    • David Walker

      I do. I truly do.

  • RepublicansRNotConservative

    Putin’s in charge of the Republican party!

  • Kelly Lape

    How dare anyone inform the public with evidence that the Trump administration is made up of incompetent traitors.

    • clay

      Which raises a good question– Is the leaked information actually classified? Does Chaffetz have any leg to stand on?

      • Ray Taylor

        Donnie has no idea what is classified. He will talk about anything he wants.

        • (((GC)))

          As long as the audience is wealthy enough and/or Republican enough (see Mar-a Lago).

      • -M-

        seems like all the ‘leaks’ they’re upset about have been confirmation of the obvious:
        Donny’s ignorant and spoiled.
        Policy is being made by extremists.
        All the protocols for orderly deliberation and planning are being ignored.
        Putin has lots of friends.

      • ColdCountry

        I was wondering that. It seems as though most of the leaks point to the administration’s incompetence, not towards state secrets.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Is this going to become a war between the intelligence agencies and the GOP? Because if I was CIA or NSA, I’d be all “OK, assholes, if you think Russia’s going to leak shit about you, well, I also got shit on YOU. Now do your fucking job or I leak THAT SHIT.”

  • -M-

    β€œWe have serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information here,”

    Then they should look at Trump and the corrupt regime around him, instead of trying to hound the people who are warning us (with entirely non-classified info) about their criminality and incompetence into silence.

    • BobSF_94117

      You’d think they’d at least ask who was in the restaurant when Trump was conducting top secret foreign affairs planning at Mar-a-Bago.

  • Dagoril

    They already know all about the Russia ties. No need to investigate! Why go after their gravy train when they can go after Democrats?

  • Tomcat

    They don’t want anyone leaking the plans to destroy Americans until they are ready to do it.

  • clay

    It’s checks and balances, but not between the Executive and Legislative branches, but between the elected and the career. Trump claims to drain the swamp of the career staff to make it more efficient and more transparent. But the reverse seems to be true.

    • -M-

      Among the reforms we’ll need to codify, stronger buffers between political will and the operational bureaucracy of federal agencies.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Why is it always checks and balances, but never balances and checks?

      • The_Wretched

        Because it’s an idiom and comes out of using both a germanic word and its latin cognate for legalisms (which are rife in the early docs of the US). cf assault and battery.

      • (((GC)))

        For the same reason we virtually never, in any form, shape, or way, say “for all purposes and intents”.

    • (((GC)))
  • Tomcat

    Does anyone actually believe republicans have OUR well being in mind when they pass their bills. Republicans only care about republicans, period.

    • The_Wretched

      They only care about the elite oligarchs. The don’t give a fart bout their rank and file.

      • (((GC)))

        They care only about telling convincing stories to the rank and file to get them to vote for them. Actual results, not so much.

        (edit) The Indivisible Guide, http://www.indivisibleguide.com, has good suggestions for holding politicians more accountable and making use of their primary drive (wanting to be reelected).

  • Tomcat

    These guys are like the tumblebug, they roll up their shit into little balls and hide them where the light does not shine.

  • DesertSun59

    Be aware that if this investigation heads in this direction and now into the ties to Russia that it will signal that the House will never bring up mention of impeachment. EVER.

  • zhera

    Think about it: The Intelligence Community that usually direct their activities outwards are now spying on the White House? Withholding information from the White House? Leaking information about WH administration?

    It’s the conspiracy theory over all conspiracy theories. And it’s happening because the pResident and his goons are wrecking the republic.

    It’s the Political Thriller equivalent to 9/11. And it will probably end just as bad.

    • Halou

      Other sources are saying that intelligence agencies in Western Europe are, for the first time in nearly a century, directing their attention towards the United States. And they’re doing it in the middle of Russia’s unprecedented influence operations on the continent the situation surrounding the US government is that serious.

  • Tomcat

    House Republicans want to determine if there actually are Americans in the Trump administration. So they will look for the ones leaking to find out.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • joe ho

    Since we have now essentially one-party rule as in banana republics, it might require civil unrest and massive demonstrations to turn things around. Especially since the GOP also controls the election process in most states.

  • Robert Adams

    The GOP feels it must find and kill that messenger!

  • bkmn

    Pieces of shit who don’t care about the good of the country.

  • Acronym Jim

    They are trying to change the narrative.

    Resist. I hope the media recognizes that they will get more respect (not to mention ratings) by exposing malfeasance, rather than focusing on the people who expose the malfeasance.

  • safari

    Almost every time I hear about leaks, I think of this pointless, distracting image.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16881e5995d56d396ba77ee77ae2630af84c605e085b83a0ecd9bfa6ff048c90.gif

    • Joseph Miceli

      LOL, those crazy Japanese. I bet she’s wearing a skirt that barely covers her Sunni triangle.

  • Ninja0980

    Party over country, simple as that.

  • Tomcat

    The republicans should not worry about any leaks swaying anything. After all they still claim the wikileaks did not sway the outcome of the election.
    So they must believe leaks don’t change anything at all.

  • Mark

    So, he’s wants to focus on what came out rather than what went in?
    Jason Shithead is as scat queen.

  • Galvestonian

    They are desperate to stay in power because when it is revealed that the whole election was a Russian hack job via the internet and traitors that sold out their country. It does not behoove them to proove that Trump is more Russian than American or just too damn stupid to see that Putin’s only interest is to destroy the U.S. economically and politically.

  • SoCalGal20

    So what does Russia have on Congressional Republicans? Or are they just that craven? (Or both?)

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Naturally. Why investigate the real issue when you can simple distract the ‘Merican people with phone leak issues. Meanwhile, America is demanding a larger, more protracted investigation in Russian involvement, at all levels of this regime. Sooner or later, someone’s going to break and spill the beans, then the flood gates will open. Pressure needs to continue so as to break the weak links of this most treasonous chain.

  • Cosmo Tupper

    That’s because he is serving his master FIRST, citizens, last.

  • JCF
  • (((GC)))