WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) released the following statement Tuesday:

“I support the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia's attempt to influence the presidential elections – including campaign communications with the Russian government and its officials. General Flynn’s resignation was the right decision, and his departure from the administration should not be the end of our discussion on our nation’s current stance toward Russia.

As a former FBI supervisory special agent, co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee I am deeply concerned that Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea and the ongoing war in Donbass will continue to undermine stability in Europe and threaten our allies.  It is critical to our national interest that the United States stand with the people of Ukraine and with our NATO allies against Russia’s sustained and dangerously destabilizing strategy of economic sanctions, political pressure, propaganda, and cyberattacks.  By ignoring Russia’s actions towards Ukraine, we not only risk Ukraine’s future, but also our own national security interests in the region.

Congress and the White House must work together to guard against Russian objectives that seek to weaken NATO, OSCE, and the United States.”