Leading members of the Republican Party have joined calls for a wide investigation into the former national security adviser’s links with Russia.

Michael Flynn quit earlier this week over claims he discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia before Donald Trump took office. The president says the attention now being paid to the administration’s ties to the Kremlin is “nonsense.”

Calls for an independent inquiry came as the New York Times reported that phone records and intercepted calls show members of Mr Trump’s presidential campaign, as well as other Trump associates, “had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.”

FBI historian Tim Weiner says in the three weeks since the Trump team took office, “a distinct aroma has started wafting out of Washington, what Mr. Kissinger is said to have called ‘the odious smell of truth.’” As the crisis deepens for the new administration, who knew what, and when?


  • Kathryn Stoner Senior fellow, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University; author of "Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia" and the forthcoming book "Resurrected? Russia's Return as a Global Power."
  • David Sanger National security correspondent, The New York Times; author, "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power."
  • John Rizzo Senior counsel, Steptoe & Johnson's National and Homeland Security practice; former chief legal officer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He is the author of the memoir "Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA."
  • Susan Glasser Chief international affairs columnist, Politico.

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