Sherrod Brown Supports Independent Review Of Possible Russian Ties To Administration Officials

Sen. Sherrod Brown speaks at a November news conference in Cleveland. (Nick Castele / ideastream)
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown wants an independent commission to review any Russian connections between President Donald Trump and his campaign and administration officials, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.  From Ohio Public Radio station WKSU, Kevin Niedermier reports.

While Democratic Senator Brown supports the Senate Intelligence Committee looking into the possible Russian ties, he has concerns because information from these hearings is classified.  

He joined the call for an independent probe, and backs Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold separate public hearings on the matter.

Brown: “Want to know more about what Russia has done in elections around the world, what the number of Russian hackers and they’re identified as a pretty large number of them for months. Any of the ties that they’ve swore between our government, not just General Flynn, but our government and the Russian government.”

Brown says in all his years in Washington, he has never seen this level of concern from both parties over an issue.

 Republican Ohio Senator Rob Portman says the Russian connection issues should be reviewed only by the Senate Intelligence Committee, because the process would be quicker and more efficient.                                                  

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