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Republicans demand inquiry of Flynn-Russia contacts

Feb 15, 2017, 4:45 AM EST
Former U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
(Source: U.S. Naval War College/flickr)

As damning reports over former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s links with Russia continue to surface, prominent members of the U.S. Republican Party called for a wider investigation into the matter. Flynn stepped down on Monday following the revelation that he discussed relieving U.S. sanctions with a Russian envoy before President Donald Trump assumed office, an act that amounts to legal breach in the country.

 The demand for an independent probe came after a report in the New York Times claimed that several members of Trump’s presidential campaign were in regular contact with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, reports the BBC.

The new report, which cites intercepted phone calls between the Trump campaign’s top advisors and the Russian officials, threatens the U.S. administration on multiple levels, notes The Guardian. It contradicts the White House officials’ claims that no pre-election talks took place and also intensifies pressure on the Republican congressional leadership to initiate the promised committee hearing on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election.