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FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY
FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY
House GOP lawmakers accuse FBI Director Christopher Wray of ignoring them
House GOP lawmakers accuse FBI Director Christopher Wray of ignoring the house GOP lawmakers accuse FBI Director Christopher Wray of ignoring.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray “declined to respond” to a letter from GOP lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee requesting interviews with two FBI officials regarding the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the congressmen allege.
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mike Johnson (R-La.) revealed a second letter Monday, this one sent directly to the two FBI officials whom the lawmakers hoped to question: FBI agent Joe Pientka and former bureau counterintelligence director Bill Priestap.
“Because Director Wray has declined to respond to our request, we are forced to write to you directly,” Jordan and Johnson wrote in the letter. In the unanswered May 4 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 question the motives of the embattled FBI chief, asking him why the public “is learning of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to [Lt. Gen.] Flynn from court filings rather than from you.”
Pressure mounts on FBI director as Trump, GOP fume over Flynn docs. The two House Republicans wrote to Wray as frustration mounted among President Trump and his allies over Wray’s lack of reaction to the newly released documents in Flynn’s case, in which Priestap openly questioned whether the agency’s “goal” was to “get him to lie.”
The four-page document included one page of handwritten notes, believed to be written by Priestap. The notes were taken in January 2017, following a meeting with former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to Fox News. Priestap’s handwritten remarks were taken down on the heels of a critical interview with the newly installed national security adviser regarding Flynn’s contacts weeks earlier with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Kislyak. However, his lawyers now say they believe this document supports their case to reverse his plea, citing investigative misconduct.
The FBI said in a statement to The Post at the time the first letter was sent, “Under Director Wray’s leadership, the FBI has fully cooperated and been transparent with the review being conducted by U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen, just as it has been with U.S. Attorney John Durham and was with Inspector General Michael Horowitz. With regard to certain documents in the Michael Flynn matter from the 2016-2017 time period that are now the subject of reporting by the press, the FBI previously produced those materials to the Inspector General and U.S. Attorney Durham.”
A spokesperson for the FBI declined to comment to The Post regarding the allegation that it had ignored the congressmen’s letter.
Article credit to New York Post, Emily Jacobs