Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein on May 11th stating Comey testified the FBI didn’t think General Flynn lied.
Grassley demanded the FBI and DOJ produce the transcript of Flynn’s intercepted calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak and the 302’s by May 25th.
Rosenstein refuses to give the Senate Judiciary Committee the requested documents. Instead, Rosenstein provided “insufficient” documents prompting Grassley to send a scathing letter to the Deputy AG.
On Wednesday, Chuck Grassley sent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a second scathing letter stating the documents on Flynn’s testimony the DOJ provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee are “insufficient” and further warned there will be problems “if the facts are inconsistent with the plea agreement.”
Grassley accused Rosenstein of providing ‘evidence’ that is already publicly available. Typical of Rosenstein to stonewall, and play these types of games.
Screenshot of page one of Grassley’s letter to Rosenstein:
The Senate Judiciary Chairman also said the DOJ resisting Congressional oversight only further indicates they have something to hide.
Presuming that the facts are consistent with the plea agreement, there is absolutely
nothing for the Department to hide and no reason to act like it has something to hide. Resisting
Congressional oversight only serves to further undermine public trust in the Department.
Grassley then concludes his letter by reiterating his request to schedule an interview with the second special agent who was present at Flynn’s interrogation, Joe Pientka after push back from the DOJ.
Finally, it is disingenuous and extremely disturbing that the Department would imply
that a request to interview a fact witness, such as Special Agent Pientka, has anything
whatsoever to do with “allegations against” that witness. As you well know, seeking information
from a fact witness is not the same thing as an allegation of wrongdoing. Quite the contrary, it
seems he is likely to be an objective, reliable, and trustworthy witness, which is precisely why
the Committee would benefit from his testimony.
Please let me know when you will provide the requested documents, so that we can begin
scheduling an interview with Special Agent Pientka. Thank you for your prompt attention to this
It comes as no surprise that Rosenstein doesn’t want Special Agent Pientka to testify.
Investigative reporter, Sara Carter says Pientka, if issued a subpoena, will discuss how forthcoming Flynn was about very specific sensitive information that Flynn could not have possibly known the investigators already knew, which may give additional insight into Flynn’s veracity and willingness to tell the truth.
Pientka is ready to discuss a very specific piece of sensitive information Flynn provided during the interrogation that will further prove Flynn is being truthful.
Rosenstein should be impeached and held in contempt of Congress.
Read Grassley’s 3 page letter here.