WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement:

“It's clear that concerns about General Flynn's ties to Russia were well warranted. It's unacceptable that during the transition, General Flynn discussed lifting sanctions with Russia's ambassador. This action would be deeply troubling under any circumstances, but considering Russia’s effort to tip the election toward President Trump, the General's actions are disqualifying. And if General Flynn negotiated with Russia to change American policy, he may be in violation of the Logan Act, which bars such conduct.  The President must relieve General Flynn immediately.

“To make matters worse, the Administration has been misleading the public about this situation ever since. Either General Flynn lied to the Administration or the Administration lied to the American people. In any case, the Administration's sloppy handling of such a serious issue creates a threat smack in the middle of our national security apparatus.

“We need to sort this mess out. Congress must conduct a thorough, nonpartisan investigation into Russia's illegal interference in our election and take steps to punish those responsible.”