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In a Friday letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) demanded long-withheld transcripts of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s intercepted telephone calls and accused former FBI Director James Comey of making false public statements about Flynn’s interview with FBI agents.
Grassley notes in the letter that his committee requested in February 2017 a transcript of the intercepted telephone call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that began the sequence of events that led to Flynn pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI in December. Flynn was investigated on the theory that his communication with Kislyak prior to President Donald Trump formally taking office violated the Logan Act, which forbids outside interference with U.S. foreign policy.
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The Logan Act subsequently returned to its traditional status as an archaic law that is never actually enforced, and as Grassley noted, the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not think he made false statements in any case. To complete the absurdity of the situation, Grassley pointed out that with Flynn’s plea “the investigation appears concluded,” but the Justice Department still refuses to provide the transcripts requested by Senate Judiciary, “citing an ongoing criminal investigation.”
Grassley repeated the request for transcripts of intercepted phone calls involving Flynn, which has now gone unfulfilled for over a year, and also documents pertaining to the FBI interview of Flynn, which was not formally transcribed.
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The essence of Grassley’s complaint against Comey is that Comey’s public statements, which cast Flynn and by extension the Trump administration in a poor light, do not line up with what either Comey or the interviewing agents told the Senate Judiciary Committee:
According to that agent’s contemporaneous notes, Director Comey specifically told us during that briefing that the FBI agents who interviewed Lt....
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