Trump ordered the Pentagon to launch an investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, after the president accused his former national security adviser Michael Flynn of making false statements about his communications with Russia during the campaign.
The investigation will be led by a former deputy attorney general who is a longtime associate of the president’s, according to The Washington Post.
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They’re asking Trump to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation.
They also want the Justice Department to investigate Trump’s business ties with Russia, including whether he broke the law.
“As a nation, we cannot let this administration hide behind false narratives that it is a peaceful transition to democracy,” the senators wrote.
“As the nation’s chief executive, you cannot lie to us about our security.
We must know what you are doing and when you are using it to hide the truth.”
Flynn was forced to resign last month amid controversy over his communications to Russia’s ambassador to Washington.
A former deputy national security advisor who is now a longtime ally of the Trump White House has also come under scrutiny for a series of contacts he had with the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign.