(National Sentinel) Deep State: The real-life House of Cards has started to tumble in the nation’s capital as the Swamp creatures continue to slither away from the light of scrutiny.
Fed up with stonewalling by the Justice Department and FBI, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley has demanded that the agencies comply with requests made over a year ago for all documents related to their investigation of President Donald J. Trump’s first national security advisor, former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI…for some reason.
It’s confusing as to why Flynn pleaded when all the evidence indicates he never lied to anyone.
What’s also becoming evident is that certain people inside DoJ wanted him charged with something, as he quickly became the first of many people associated with the president to be targeted by the Deep State for no reason other than The Establishment a) didn’t expect Trump to win; and b) doesn’t want him in the White House.
Grassley’s demands, which were laid out in a letter last week according to investigative journalist Sara A. Carter, “reveals, for the first time, the name of the second FBI agent who interviewed Flynn at the Whtie House regarding his conversation” with the former Russian ambassador to the U.S., she wrote.
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sent the letter to Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray Friday requesting a slew of documentation pertaining to Flynn’s case. He noted that on Feb. 15, 2017, a bipartisan group of members from his committee had requested a copy of the intercepted classified phone transcript between Flynn and former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and due to an ongoing investigation the DOJ and FBI denied the committee’s request. Flynn was fired by President Trump in February 2017 for apparently not being forthright with Vice President Mike Pence about his conversation with Kislyak.
In Friday’s letter, Carter noted, Grassley stated that at the time the committee requested the documentation on Flynn, “the Justice Department declined to provide any of that information, and instead, then-FBI Director (James) Comey provided a wide-ranging briefing to us on March 15, 2017, that touched on the Flynn issues.”
“The Department has withheld the Flynn-related documents since our initial bipartisan request last year, citing an ongoing criminal investigation,” Grassley stated. “With Flynn’s plea, the investigation appears concluded.”
So, where are the documents? Why haven’t the DoJ and FBI complied yet?
Grassley no longer cares what the answers are to those questions. He simply wants the documents, and he’s given the DoJ and FBI until May 25 to comply.
Carter notes that the committee has also requested that transcripts of the reportedly intercepted calls between Flynn and Kislyak “and any FBI reports summarizing them” be included in the request.
“Part of the request includes the FBI agents’ 302s, which are the interview summaries with Flynn and supporting documentation, including the agents’ notes from the date they interviewed Flynn,” she wrote.
It’s already been reported that one of the agents who ambushed Flynn at the White House in January 2017, shortly after Trump was inaugurated, was embattled top counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok.
According to Grassley’s letter, the second agent who was in on the interview is FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka. The chairman is requesting that he also be made available “for a transcribed interview with the Committee staff no later than one week following the production of the requested documents.”
The committee also had a “non-partisan law enforcement officer who was present” during the interview with Flynn, Grassley revealed in the letter.
“The agent was on detail to the Committee staff at the time,” Grassley wrote. “According to that agent’s contemporaneous notes, Director Comey specifically told us during that briefing that the FBI agents who interviewed Lt. General Michael Flynn, ‘saw nothing that led them to believe [he was] lying.’ Our own Committee staff’s notes indicate that Mr. Comey said the ‘agents saw no change in his demeanor or tone that would say he was being untruthful.'”
Carter reported that no federal law enforcement sources she has spoken to over the past year believed that Flynn was lying.
“There’s a lot these agents can reveal about that day and what (former FBI Deputy Director Andrew) McCabe’s role was in all of it,” one U.S. official told her recently. “McCabe was apparently trying to find a reason, any reason, to make it look like Flynn was lying. But the truth of the matter is – no one thought he lied, not even the agent that hated Trump.”
As Comey has been traveling around the country promoting his new book, he was asked about his statement noting that neither of the agents who interviewed Flynn thought he was being dishonest. Comey now says that no, he never told the committee that.
A newly redacted version of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia report released earlier this month revealed just the opposite.
Somebody is lying, but it doesn’t appear to be Lt. Gen. Flynn.
“Contrary to his public statements during his current book tour denying any memory of those comments, then-Director Comey led us to believe during that briefing that the agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he intentionally lied about his conversation with the Ambassador and that the Justice Department was unlikely to prosecute him for false statements made in that interview,” Grassley added.
So why did he plea? Some believe he did so to avoid lengthy court costs, but he’s endured those anyway — to the point of having to sell his home.
We may soon find out.
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