Two top Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter Monday to FBI director Christopher Wray demanding a review of the bureau’s handling of its probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a letter obtained by SaraACarter.com.
Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., ranking member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties asked Wray in the letter why he has failed to disclose what they believe is ‘the FBI’s misconduct’ in Flynn’s case.
In the letter, the lawmakers ask Wray to “explain when you personally first learned of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to LTG Flynn,” and they specifically ask Wray to explain “why the committee and the American public are learning of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to LTG Flynn from court filings rather than from you.”
The context of the lawmakers’ requests for answers to their questions couldn’t be stronger and “reflect a growing distrust within the administration of Wray’s role in keeping information regarding the bureau from the public,” said one U.S. official, who asked that they not be named. “There is enormous frustration that Wray is doing more to protect the bureau than clean house.”
Johnson and Jordan were referring to the recent Brady material disclosure made by the FBI to Flynn’s defense attorney Sidney Powell. The stunning information was reported by this news outlet and the 15 documents, which include texts, handwritten notes and emails revealed that the FBI officials involved in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation had set Flynn up for a fall.
“On April 29,2020, a United States District judge unsealed documents that had been previously withheld from LTG Flynn and his legal team,” the letter states. “These documents reveal that the FBI had apparently sought to set a perjury trap for LTG Flynn during an interview on January 24, 2017, reportedly written by FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Bill Priestap, explained that the FBI’s objective was ‘to get him [Flynn] to lie, so we can prosecute or get him [Flynn] fired.”
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan first unsealed four pages of FBI emails and handwritten last week, and then within 24 hours unsealed 11 more pages of documents and text messages that continued to show a pattern that the bureau was targeting Flynn directly.
In the letter sent Monday to Wray, the Republican congressmen stated their concerns saying, “the FBI’s mission is to do justice dispassionately. But these documents suggest that the FBI ignored protocol to confront LTG Flynn about a potential violation of an obscure and rarely charged offense, with the real goal of forcing LTG Flynn’s resignation or prosecution.”
“The FBI pursued LTG Flynn despite knowing that he was not a Russian agent and even after the FBI became aware that a central piece of evidence of alleged Russian collusion – the so-called Steele dossier -was based on Russian disinformation,” said Jordan and Johnson. “Placing these events in context rev weals the extent to which the FBI facilitated an incorrect public impression of alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.”
A slew of news stories after the Jan. 24, 2017 FBI interview at the White House between Flynn and former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, who was fired by the bureau, and FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka, who is still employed by the bureau, not only led to his firing but to a public persecution of the retired general that publicly defamed him.
Further, highly classified information that was purposefully leaked by an official in the Obama administration with access to the call records about Flynn’s conversation with then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in Dec. 2016, to The Washington Post has yet to be investigated.
The letter to Wray goes on to list critical dates when the “FBI facilitated an incorrect public impression of alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.”
Some hot points from the lawmakers letter to FBI Director Wray:
- Immediately review the actions of the FBI in targeting LTG Flynn
- Make former FBI Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap and FBI agent Joe Pientka available for transcribed interviews regarding LTG Flynn.
- Ask your staff to contact the Committee as soon as possible.
- Produce all documents and communications referring to or related to ‘Crossfire Razor’ the FBI code name for its investigation into LTG Flynn.
- Produce all documents and communications between or among the FBI and other executive branch agencies, including but not limited to the Executive Office of the the President, for the period of December 1, 2016 to January 20, 2017, referring or relating to LTG Michael Flynn’s Dec. 30, 2016, conversation with Sergey Kislyak.
- Explain whether you or any other member of the FBI’s senior leadership prevented or delayed the disclosure of additional exculpatory information to LTG Flynn and his legal team.
- Certify that the FBI has produced all responsive documents as part of the review ordered by Attorney General Barr to LTG Flynn’s case.