U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) has called for an investigation of the FBI, after a phone call recorded by the intelligence agency led to the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Asked by radio host Krista Kafer on KNUS 710-AM Tuesday if the Flynn resignation should be investigated, Coffman said (audio below):
Coffman: You know, I think it should be looked into. And here’s one thing. Did the FBI go through the procedures in place in current law to be able to be able to tap into that phone conversation? Are there other violations of law?
The FBI recorded Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the United States discussing U.S. sanctions against Russia. The FBI has said it was monitoring the ambassador as part of its investigation into Russia’s meddling in the last U.S. election.
Coffman went on to say he’s relieved that Flynn resigned.
“I admit that I never had a great feeling for him because he always seemed to venture on the political side on active duty, and I think there is something to be said about the ethic of our military officers saying outside the realm of partisan politics,” Coffman said.
Kafer also asked Coffman about a “listening tour” he’s announced to get feedbacke on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.
Coffman said he plans to discuss Obamacare with patient-advocacy groups that address, among other things, childhood diabetes and rhuematoid arthritis. He also wants to hear from community health-care clinics and patients. Later, he plans to hold telephone calls with an undisclosed group of citizens.
“What I want to do is take out the political theater from it, in terms of these organized protests,” said Coffman. “It’s not about listening. It’s not about having a conversation. It’s only about yelling. It’s only about the next election.”
Coffman’s decision to eschew public meetings about Obamacare runs counter to a promise he made a month ago to find a large venue and hold a town hall meeting for at 300 people.
Coffman created some five-star “political theater” himself at his last public meeting on Obamacare, when he slipped out the back door early from a library packed with people wanting to talk to him about the health care law.