Larsen Calls on Congress, FBI to Investigate Trump Ties to Russia

Congressman also demands Department of Justice release any information related to Trump’s financial conflicts of interest, emoluments clause violations

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, is calling for a full investigation into ties between the Russian government and President Trump and demanding the Department of Justice release any information related to Trump’s financial conflicts of interest or emoluments clause violations.

Following the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Larsen said “the American people need to know more information about what President Trump knew and when he knew it.”

Accordingly, today Larsen sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey, in which he wrote: “Flynn’s resignation…raises important questions about the extent of collaboration between the Trump campaign and the Russian government…To give peace of mind to the American people, I request that the investigation be prompt and thorough in resolving whether Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak were known to or authorized by persons in the Trump campaign. In addition, I ask you to include in the investigation a full assessment of the scope of contact between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.”

Larsen has cosponsored the bipartisan Protecting Our Democracy Act which would create an independent commission to investigate the full extent of Russian actions to influence the 2016 U.S. elections. Additionally, Larsen has cosponsored H.Res.111, a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Department of Justice to provide the House of Representatives with all information related to President Trump and his associates’ financial conflicts of interest, ethics violations and violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits elected officials from receiving payments from foreign governments.

Earlier this month, Larsen introduced the Ensuring Sound Military and Intelligence Advice Act of 2017, a bill that aims to preserve the role of professional military and intelligence advice in America’s most important national security decisions. This legislation followed a move by President Trump to remove the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (the President’s principal military advisor) and the Director of National Intelligence (the President’s chief intelligence advisor) from the influential Principals Committee of the National Security Council. In their place, President Trump added White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Full text of the letter is available HERE.

15 comments

  • Heather Zecha Wednesday, 22 February 2017 12:01 Comment Link

    Thank you Rick for standing up for what is right. The American people deserve a thorough investigation into the current administration's ties with Russia.

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  • Marc Geisler Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:56 Comment Link

    Thank you so much, Rick! I fully support all your efforts because the truth makes American great, and finding out the truth of the ties between Russia and Trump administration is essential. Your various initiatives are all aimed at getting at the truth, and for that I'm so appreciative.

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  • Laura Ridenour Wednesday, 22 February 2017 07:38 Comment Link

    Thank you for standing up for what is right, and for protecting our democracy! We need more representatives like you!

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  • Camille Potter Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:04 Comment Link

    Thank you so much! We so need an investigation. And what could Jill Stein have to do with it too? She was at the same dinner with Putin and Flynn, if I am not mistaken. How ironic now that she led the recount to the questionable fraudulant election ballot numbers.

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  • Annie Hewlett Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:07 Comment Link

    Thank you Rick Larsen for pushing for this investigation and for modeling the checks and balances this administration needs. Keep up the good work!

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  • Katie Reding Tuesday, 21 February 2017 20:12 Comment Link

    Rick, you are an upstanding person and I thank you for having our backs! Keep pressure on Trump to reveal his dealings with Russia and his conflicts of interests. I do not trust the man.

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  • Terri W. Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:59 Comment Link

    Thank you Congressman Larsen for supporting an investigation of the collusion between Trump and Russia. I am finding it difficult to believe anything he says and I think we need to know the truth.

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  • Terri W. Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:57 Comment Link

    Thank you Congressman Larsen for supporting an investigation of the collusion between Trump and Russia. I am finding it difficult to believe anything he says and I think we need to know the truth.

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  • Laura Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:52 Comment Link

    Thank you Rick Larsen! We appreciate you so much! I'm so glad we have you speaking in our behalf and looking out for us. Proud of you!

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  • Elizabeth hampton Tuesday, 21 February 2017 18:44 Comment Link

    Thank you Rick, you voice of reason is appreciated!

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  • Rob W Tuesday, 21 February 2017 18:28 Comment Link

    These are the two central issues that need to be pressed in order to protect the integrity of our government: a full investigation into the relationship between the Republican presidential campaign and the Russian government, as they were involved in attempting to hack the U.S. election in order to influence the election in the Republican direction. We also need an investigation into the obvious conflicts of interest represented by the president's businesses and the financial gains he is making from foreign governments.

    Thank you Rick Larsen for focusing on these key issues to protect the American people from corporate/foreign influence over public policy.

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  • Maialisa Vanyo Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:51 Comment Link

    Thank you for bringing needed legislative checks to the presidential power!

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  • Katherine Potzler Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:48 Comment Link

    Thank you Rick! This is definitely what is needed and I appreciate you leading off in the right direction.

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  • ash Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:23 Comment Link

    Thank you, Rick! We support your intentions to discover the extent and quality of contact between the 45th president and his staffers with a foreign government known to have tampered with our democratic process!

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  • Kimberly Ninnemann Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:17 Comment Link

    Thank you Rick!

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