A Republican congressman reacted to the news that White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night by suggesting that further inquiries by lawmakers would amount to kicking Flynn while he is on the ground.
California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher told Independent Journal Review Tuesday morning that he didn't think additional investigations into Flynn's communication with Russian officials were necessary, chalking it up to new administration hiccups:
“I think that people have to get used to the roles that they’re playing and I think that this is just another example of the type of double standard that Democrats have toward this administration. The fact is every administration goes through bumps and people don’t know exactly how far their authority is and they have to make sure people doing things right.”
“And I’m sorry, General Flynn is a patriot, the man has contributed a great deal to his country,” Rohrabacher added. “This is really nauseating to see people waiting to beat this person up when he’s on the ground and kick his face in.”
Other Republican lawmakers were more cautious in their reactions to reports that Flynn had told Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that sanctions would be lifted when President Donald Trump was sworn into office, deferring any further investigations to the House and Senate's respective intelligence committees.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Flynn made the right call by resigning:
“I think that that situation is taking care of itself. I know that the Intel Committee was looking into a hacking issue previously, so I think he did the right thing.”
New York Rep. Peter King (R), who sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said, “I think there’s more questions” and that Congress will “have to see where we go, again if there’s gonna be a formal investigation.”
“I know the intelligence committee is looking at all the issues involving Russia,” King added. “Again, you know we’ll see what happens.”