"Do you hear the silence? This is the sound of House Republicans conducting no oversight of President Trump. Zero. That is what it sounds like when they abdicate their duty under the Constitution. We've been asking for months for basic oversight of the President and his advisors and their ties to Russia. But our chairman, Jason Chaffetz, has not lifted one finger."
"Flynn was secretly communicating with Russian officials at the same time that Russia was attacking our democracy. Flynn may have violated the Logan Act by discussing the sanctions imposed by the United States in response to Russia's attacks. We have no idea why Flynn was doing all of this, and why he was trying desperately to help Russia. And I know he's now resigned, but he's not going to get off that easy. We need some answers to a whole lot of questions. But the obvious questions are what did the president know and when did he know it? Was the president aware of Flynn's efforts? Did he support them? Last night we learned that the Justice Department warned the White House counsel three weeks ago that Flynn secretly talked with the Russians about sanctions and may have lied about it to the Vice President."
"I didn't know until I heard from our colleague that the tweet of General Flynn today was scapegoat. Do you know what a scapegoat is? That means in a community when people want to absolve themselves of guilt, they get a goat and they heap all of the ills onto the goat and they run the goat out of town. So, the inference to be drawn from his statement is that other people have blame that should be shared in all of this."
"We want to know by what authority did General Flynn have these conversations and who did he report to after that among the other questions that our colleagues have posed. I'm sure that they'd be pleased to answer any other questions."
9. Wide of Rep. Adam Schiff
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, (D) California:
"The national security advisor of the United States had misled other administration officials who, in turn, had misled the American people. And they were OK with that. The administration was OK with the fact that the American people were laboring under the falsehood that they had not discussed the sanctions with the Russians. The resignation of Michael Flynn was brought about not by discovering the falsehood, but by the fact that the falsehood became public, and that ought to be deeply disturbing to everyone."
Democrats say they want an investigation into President Donald Trump's relationship with Russia, including when Trump learned that his national security adviser had discussed US sanctions with a Russian diplomat.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that the "the American people deserve to know the full extent of Russia's financial, personal and political grip on President Trump and what that means for our national security."
At issue is whether Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, broke diplomatic protocol and potentially the law by discussing US sanctions with Moscow before Trump's inauguration.
The White House says Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of the discussions.
California Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, says he wants to know whether Flynn was acting on Trump's behalf.