Mon Jun 11, 2018, 06:07 AM

A skeptical chairman Grassley really, really wants to see the Michael Flynn 302

But the FBI is refusing, what are they hiding?

On Feb. 15, 2017 — that would be 16 months ago — Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., asked the Justice Department to turn over the transcript of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn's infamous call with the Russian ambassador, plus other documents related to the Flynn case.

The department refused.

Some of Grassley's and Feinstein's questions were answered the next month, on March 15, 2017, when the FBI's then-director, James Comey, briefed the committee on Flynn and other matters in the Trump-Russia investigation. It was at that briefing that Comey told lawmakers the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he lied to them.

"Then-director Comey led us to believe during that briefing ... that the Justice Department was unlikely to prosecute for false statements made in that interview," Grassley wrote later.

After the March 2017 briefing, Grassley and others made the reasonable assumption that Flynn would not be charged. They were surprised on Dec. 1, 2017, when — months after the Trump-Russia investigation passed from Comey and the Justice Department to special counsel Robert Mueller — Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Last month, Grassley, this time without Feinstein, repeated his demand for the Flynn transcript, and also for the FBI's so-called 302 report, in which the agents who interviewed Flynn made extensive notes on what was said. Grassley also asked for any other notes or documents relating to the interview. And Grassley asked that the FBI make available agent Joe Pientka, one of the two agents (along with Peter Strzok) who conducted the Flynn interview.

Again, the Justice Department refused, and this time with more than a hint of impatience. In a May 29, 2018, letter to Grassley, assistant attorney general Stephen Boyd recounted details of the Flynn plea deal at length and delivered what boiled down to a simple message: Flynn pleaded guilty. You understand? He's guilty. Now stop bugging us.

"Whatever Mr. Comey may have said and whatever Mr. Flynn's demeanor," wrote Boyd to Grassley, "the evidence in the public record proves beyond any reasonable doubt that Mr. Flynn knowingly made false statements about contacts with the Russian ambassador." Referring to the Flynn case as a "pending criminal prosecution" — Flynn is currently awaiting sentencing — Boyd said turning over evidence to Congress could create "the reality or appearance of political interference."

If Boyd's letter was an attempt to mollify Grassley, it didn't work. And now, long after first requesting the documents, the chairman's patience appears to be running thin.

"The department's reply ... is insufficient," Grassley wrote in a June 6 response, adding that Boyd "relies on improper excuses in refusing to provide the requested information


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