Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, demands FBI Director Christopher Wray to review the bureau’s investigation into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn acted as a Russian agent.
Jordan and another Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, asked Wray in a letter to produce all FBI documents that refer to “Crossfire Razor,” the FBI’s code name for Flynn.
“We write to request that you immediately review the actions of the FBI in targeting LTG Flynn,” the Republicans wrote to Wray.
The letter was sent after revelations that the FBI determined by early 2017 that there was no evidence Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, worked as a Russian agent during President Donald Trump’s campaign. The bureau kept the investigation open, however, at the request of Peter Strzok, the former deputy chief of FBI counterintelligence, as the BPR reported.
Other documents released last week show that top FBI officials strategized before a Jan. 24, 2017, interview with Flynn at the White House.
“What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” reads a handwritten memo from Bill Priestap, who served as the FBI’s chief of counterintelligence.
Jordan and Johnson asserted in their letter to Wray that the FBI “facilitated an incorrect public impression of alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.”
Jordan and Johnson asked Wray to facilitate interviews with Priestap, who retired from the FBI in 2018, and Pientka, the FBI agent who took part in the Flynn interview along with Strzok.
They also asked the chief of FBI to disclose when he first learned that his officials might have delayed the disclosure of exculpatory information related to Flynn.