FBI Director Christopher Wray “declined to reply” to a letter from GOP lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee requesting interviews with two FBI officers relating to the case of former nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn, the congressmen allege.
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Johnson (R-La.) revealed a second letter Monday, this one despatched on to the 2 FBI officers whom the lawmakers hoped to query: FBI agent Joe Pientka and former bureau counterintelligence director Invoice Priestap.
“As a result of Director Wray has declined to answer our request, we’re pressured to write down to you instantly,” Jordan and Johnson wrote within the letter.
Within the unanswered Could four letter, Jordan and Johnson demanded that Wray reveal when he “personally knew of the FBI’s misconduct” with respect to the Flynn investigation.
The letter went on to query the motives of the embattled FBI chief, asking him why the general public “is studying of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to [Lt. Gen.] Flynn from courtroom filings quite than from you.”
The 2 House Republicans wrote to Wray as frustration mounted amongst President Trump and his allies over Wray’s lack of response to the newly launched paperwork in Flynn’s case, wherein Priestap brazenly questioned whether or not the company’s “aim” was to “get him to lie.”
The four-page doc included one web page of handwritten notes, believed to be written by Priestap. The notes had been taken in January 2017, following a gathering with former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, based on Fox Information.
Priestap’s handwritten remarks had been taken down on the heels of a vital interview with the newly put in nationwide safety adviser relating to Flynn’s contacts weeks earlier with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn pleaded responsible in late 2017 to mendacity to the FBI about conversations he had with Kislyak. Nonetheless, his legal professionals now say they imagine this doc helps their case to reverse his plea, citing investigative misconduct.
The FBI mentioned in a press release to The Put up on the time the primary letter was despatched, “Underneath Director Wray’s management, the FBI has totally cooperated and been clear with the evaluate being carried out by U.S. Lawyer Jeff Jensen, simply because it has been with U.S. Lawyer John Durham and was with Inspector Common Michael Horowitz. With regard to sure paperwork within the Michael Flynn matter from the 2016-2017 time interval that at the moment are the topic of reporting by the press, the FBI beforehand produced these supplies to the Inspector Common and U.S. Lawyer Durham.”
A spokesperson for the FBI declined to remark to The Put up relating to the allegation that it had ignored the congressmen’s letter.