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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is not a climb-down by the justice Ministry rebuffs his repeated attempts to speak with the FBI agent whose conversation with Michael Flynn was used to accuse the ex-national security Advisor in the Russia probe.

“This is no ordinary criminal case,” Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in a on 6. June letter to the Deputy attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “The Congress has a right to know the whole story and know it now.”

Grassley presses rejected his request, again according to the DOJ, once again, to speak his deal with FBI Agent Joe Pientka, and the FBI records of Interviews.

Flynn pleaded guilty, in Special Counsel Robert Müller Russia probe with making false statements to the FBI in this interview. He also lost his job in the White house, after he said he would have to mislead, Vice President of Pence on a discussion with the then Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

But the Republicans on Capitol Hill are looking for more information about the interview, such as the recent revelations have raised questions about the confession. You say that the former FBI Director, James Comey, in fact, signaled the legislature that the FBI agents lied not believe Flynn intentionally, about the talks with the Russian Ambassador.


“In contrast to his public statements during his current book tour have any recollection of these comments is denied, then-Director Comey led us to believe that during the briefing that the agents do not believe the interviewee Flynn that he lied intentionally about his conversation with the Ambassador, and that the Ministry of justice was unlikely to track him for the false statements in this interview,” Grassley wrote in may to Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

In this letter, Grassley, the FBI requested the so-called “302” documents memorializing her interview with Flynn and other documents, including the agent notes. He also asked for a transcript of an interview with Pientka, the FBI special agent-interviewed Flynn with other agents Peter Strzok, the anti-Trump-text-messages, which later led to his dismissal from the Russian probe.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, in a may 29 letter to Grassley, a decline in requests.

“Everything said by Mr. Cornelius can do and what behaviour of Mr Flynn, the evidence in the public record proves, beyond any reasonable doubt that Mr Flynn knowingly false information about the contacts with the Russian Ambassador,” Boyd said.

Boyd stressed, is to make that Flynn, ” admitted under oath a materially false statement,” and was represented by two experienced lawyers, as he pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents. He also expressed the concern that the delivery of these documents, or the opportunity for an interview with an FBI agent would “unavoidably to the appearance of political influence.”

“For this reason, the Department is obliged to refuse at this time with respect to interview the documents or arrange for the employee, the agent with the in your letter,” Boyd.

Boyd also suggested, in an interview with Pientka is not necessary, as the DOJ is aware of “any allegation against, or earlier advertising via the agent.”

Grassley, in his reply to the Ministry of justice, took issue with this statement, calling it “dishonest and extremely disturbing.”

“As you know, search for information from a fact witness, is not said to be the same as an allegation of wrongdoing,” Grassley. “Quite the contrary, it seems that he is likely to be an objective, reliable, and trustworthy witness, this is exactly why the Committee would benefit from giving his testimony.”

House Intelligence Committee, Republican”, recently published in Russia, the report also cites a top FBI officials, the agents who interviewed Flynn saw no indication, Flynn knew he was lying.

The development is puzzling, because Flynn’s comments, in fact, in contradiction with the evidence. The FBI allegedly intercepted conversations, said Flynn’s first claim that, among other things, that he had not asked Russia’s Ambassador to the escalation of the situation in response to the sanctions.

The request of Grassley comes as the Ministry of justice and other Republicans on Capitol Hill sparring over access to documents in connection with the FBI’s alleged informant in contact with members of the President Trump – 2016-campaign at the beginning of the Russia-probe.


In a letter dated Friday to Rosenstein, house Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said should be made of the records available to all members of the Committee, “and the employee responsible” and not only the so-called “gang of Eight” — which refers to Republican and Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress as well as top-of-the legislator of the intelligence panels.

To allow “your continued refusal to check members of Congress and the responsible employee the requested documents is obstruction of a lawful Congress investigation,” Nunes.

Asked about the letter, but a DOJ official said Rosenstein is currently ” the United States in a short, unrelated visit to a foreign nation, one of America’s most important intelligence partners hanging,” that he would plan on responding, while the previously scheduled briefing on Thursday.

“He, along with the FBI Director and the DNI coats, me on the further briefing and re-presented responsive documents, Chairman Nunes and the rest of his colleagues in the gang of 8 meeting am on Thursday of this week,” the official said.

Fox News’ Pamela K. Browne, Catherine Herridge, Adam Shaw, and Samuel helped Chamberlain to this report.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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