Ohio lawmakers react to resignation of Michael Flynn

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Sen. Sherrod Brown said former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn made the right decision to resign his post, saying his apparent discussions with a Russian official about U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia “were wrong.”

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In a statement today, Brown, D-Ohio, said Flynn was “unqualified from day one” because of his links to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia Today, a TV network controlled by the Russian government. In 2015, Flynn was paid to attend a Russia Today gala in Moscow.

Before Donald Trump was sworn in as president last month, Flynn spoke to Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States. Flynn originally said he did not discuss the U.S. sanctions with Kislyak, but acknowledged Monday he provided Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump officials with “incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said in a conference call with Ohio reporters today that “it was appropriate for” Flynn “to step down.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said he is concerned about what he sees are continuing attacks on the new administration.

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“I’m very concerned. Obviously, this is an issue where unnamed sources continue to attack people in the administration. Their names are never known, there positions are never known, and we never get to bottom of what the information is and where it’s coming from,” Turner said.

“In this, I think Gen. Flynn has made his own personal decision. He certainly has a very strong and illustrious career. I think the administration is now going to have to undertake a search for someone who has both national stature and an ability to advise the president.”

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