Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Mike Johnson (R-La.) on Monday, May 4, sent a scathing letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding FBI provide more information relating to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s case after new revelations showed Flynn was allegedly set up.
“Since President Donald Trump launched his campaign for the White House, several investigations have exposed political bias and serious misconduct in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Obama-Biden-era FBI used Democrat-funded opposition research and Russian disinformation—as well as doctored evidence—as a basis to illegally spy on a Trump campaign associate,” read the letter obtained by Fox News.
“Former FBI Director James Comey caused sensitive information about his interactions with President Trump to leak to the media. Senior FBI employees discussed an ‘insurance policy’ against President Trump,” it continued. “Now, new revelations about the FBI’s interactions with former National Security Adviser LTG (Lt. Gen.) Michael T. Flynn, make it clear that the FBI’s wrongdoing is worse than previously known. These revelations suggest a pattern of misconduct and politicization at the highest levels of the Obama-Biden-era FBI.”
Johnson is the ranking member on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties; and Jordan heads up the House Oversight Committee, provided a telling timeline indicating the FBI “had apparently sought to set a perjury trap for LTG Flynn.”
The FBI footnotes unsealed last week revealed the top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing Flynn in the White House on Jan. 24, 2017, and openly questioned if their “goal” was “to get hime to lie,” or “fired.”
Additionally, other internal FBI documents showed that Peter Strzok, former head of FBI counterintelligence, intervened to prevent the FBI from closing Flynn’s case even after it had found no derogatory information and cleared Flynn of the allegation that he was a Russian agent.
The lawmakers were specifically demanding that Wray question FBI agent, Joe Pientka, who participated in the Flynn’s interview that led to his prosecution and FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap who reportedly suggested that agent planned to get Flynn “to admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.
Pientka was reportedly removed from the FBI’s website after the DOJ watchdog found “significant errors and omissions” in the FBI’s secret surveillance court filings targeting Trump’s campaign aide, which based on a discredited dossier that the bureau was told could be part of Russian disinformation campaign.
FBI Agent Joe Pientka – who lied the FISA Court and later interviewed Flynn – was promoted and moved to the SF area AFTER the FBI learned of serious problems in his FISA application.
The SF FBI Field Office has scrubbed him from their site.
See screengrabs below. pic.twitter.com/sgPHbcF0tM
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 12, 2020
The Republicans further demanded Wray “produce all documents and communications referring or relating to Crossfire Razor, the FBI code name for its investigation into LTG Flynn,” as well as “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.”
Finally, the lawmakers demanded the FBI “certify that the FBI has produced all responsive documents as part of the review ordered by Attorney General Barr into LTG Flynn’s case.”