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Republicans angry over bombshell Michael Flynn revelations demand to meet with FBI Director, agent

Two Republican lawmakers are demanding more information from the FBI after bombshell revelations in the case of former national security advisor Michael Flynn were brought to light last week. 

Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana said they are demanding meetings with FBI Director Christopher Wray and with an agent from the bureau, Joe Pientka.

Pientka had helped in the 2017 White House interview that led to Flynn’s prosecution. 

Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana (pictured) has joined fellow GOP lawmaker Jim Jordan of Ohio in demanding meetings with FBI Director Christopher Wray and with an agent from the bureau, Joe Pientka

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio (pictured) has joined fellow GOP lawmaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana in demanding meetings with FBI Director Christopher Wray and with an agent from the bureau, Joe Pientka

GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, right, and Mike Johnson of Louisiana have joined in demanding meetings with FBI Director Christopher Wray and with an agent from the bureau, Joe Pientka

GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana are demanding more information from the FBI after bombshell revelations in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn (pictured) were brought to light last week

GOP Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana are demanding more information from the FBI after bombshell revelations in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn (pictured) were brought to light last week

The lawmakers are looking into what they descried as ‘troubling details about the politicization and misconduct at the highest levels of the FBI during the Obama-Biden administration,’ reports Fox News.

Jordan and Johnson also have asked the FBI to produce all documents and communications referring or relating to ‘Crossfire Razor’, the FBI code name for its investigation into Flynn. 

The internal FBI documents unsealed last week showed disgraced anti-Trump and former head of FBI counterintelligence Peter Strzok ordered the Flynn investigation be kept open even after it was to be closed due to a lack of ‘derogatory’ information. 

Wray, earlier this year, testified several agents could be under internal investigation by the bureau.

‘As for current employees, there are what I would call more line-level employees who were involved in some of the events in the report, all of those employees … were referred to our Office of Professional Responsibility, which is our disciplinary arm,’ Wray wrote. He did not provide more information. 

Pientka, according to Fox News, also had close involvement in the investigation of former Trump aide Carter Page, which the Justice Department has acknowledged had fundamental errors and was based on a discredited dossier the FBI was told could be part of Russian disinformation.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, earlier this year, testified several agents could be under internal investigation by the bureau

FBI Director Christopher Wray, earlier this year, testified several agents could be under internal investigation by the bureau

The agent’s name was removed from the FBI’s website after Fox News contacted the bureau about Pientka, a change first noted in a tweet made by Techno Fog. Sources tell Fox News Pientka remains in a senior role at the agency’s San Francisco field office. 

In addition to Pientka, Jordan and Johnson want to meet with Bill Priestap, the former assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division after his handwritten notes revealed that the agents were trying to get Flynn to break the ‘Logan Act’ when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during presidential transition period after the 2016 election. 

Use of the Logan Act in a criminal prosecution is unprecedented. The 1799 law was created before telephones to catch unauthorized individuals from claiming to represent the US government while abroad. 

Pientka's name was removed from the FBI's website, a change noted in a tweet made by Techno Fog. Sources say the agent remains in a senior role at the agency's San Francisco field office

Pientka’s name was removed from the FBI’s website, a change noted in a tweet made by Techno Fog. Sources say the agent remains in a senior role at the agency’s San Francisco field office

‘Any criminal investigation grounded in Logan Act questions is an obvious political pretext to attack the Trump Administration,’ the Republicans wrote to Wray. ‘FBI attorney Lisa Page admitted to Congress the Justice Department saw the Logan Act as an ‘untested’ and ‘very, very old’ statute.’   

Priestap’s notes, written after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, revealed top FBI officials discussing their motivations for having agents interview Flynn in the White House on January 24, 2017. 

The notes openly questioned if the ‘goal’ of the interview was ‘to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.’

Priestap¿s notes, written after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, revealed top FBI officials discussing their motivations for having agents interview Flynn (pictured) in the White House on January 24, 2017.

Priestap’s notes, written after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, revealed top FBI officials discussing their motivations for having agents interview Flynn (pictured) in the White House on January 24, 2017.

The notes in four pages of internal documents penned ahead of the Flynn interview were released to Flynn’s lawyers last month and unsealed by a federal judge on Wednesday. 

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI during its investigation of ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia but has since claimed he was ‘set up and framed’ by the bureau. 

‘The American people continue to learn troubling details about the politicization and misconduct at the highest levels of the FBI during the Obama-Biden Administration,’ Jordan and Johnson wrote in their demand to meet with Wray.

‘Even more concerning, we continue to learn these new details from litigation and investigations—not from you. It is well past time that you show the leadership necessary to bring the FBI past the abuses of the Obama-Biden era.’

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