Senator Chuck Grassley Drops Atomic Sledgehammer on FBI – Requests FBI Reports and Testimony From Special Agent Joe Pientka…

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has just dropped a sunlight grenade into the prosecution of Michael Flynn with a jaw-dropping request letter (full pdf below) to FBI Director Christopher Wray.  [Judiciary Link Here]

Within the letter Chairman Grassley outlines a prior briefing from fired FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and contrasts the false presentations of Comey -regarding Michael Flynn- against recently known evidence.

Additionally, Grassley is requesting: ♦the transcription of the phone call(s) intercepted by the FBI between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Kislyak; ♦the FD 302’s written by the FBI in their interview with Michael Flynn; ♦and testimony from Special Agent Joe Pientka, likely the second FBI agent who was partnered with Peter Strzok for the Flynn interview.

The name of the second FBI agent was previously unknown, and it’s likely Chairman Grassley outed the name for a very specific reason.  This is a BIG shot across the bow.

Previously the Justice Department was refusing to provide any information to the committee pertinent to Grassley’s requests, citing the ongoing investigation. However, the Senator is now outlining his request against the backdrop of the Judge in the Flynn case demanding the Special Counsel turn over all exculpatory information.

Judge Contreras was presiding judge on the initial guilty plea, then “was recused”. Judge Sullivan took over and demanded the DOJ turn over all exculpatory evidence.

Senator Grassley outlines the February 15th, 2017, briefing provided by James Comey to the committee:

[…]  Like the Flynn interview itself, that briefing was not transcribed. Also like the Flynn interview, there are notes taken by a career, non-partisan law enforcement officer who was present. The agent was on detail to the Committee staff at the time.

According to that agent’s contemporaneous notes, Director Comey specifically told us during that briefing that the FBI agents who interviewed Lt. General Michael Flynn, “saw nothing that led them to believe [he was] lying.” Our own Committee staff’s notes indicate that Mr. Comey said the “agents saw no change in his demeanor or tone that would say he was being untruthful.”

Contrary to his public statements during his current book tour denying any memory of those comments, then-Director Comey led us to believe during that briefing that the agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe he intentionally lied about his conversation with the Ambassador and that the Justice Department was unlikely to prosecute him for false statements made in that interview. In the months since then, the Special Counsel obtained a guilty plea from Lt. General Flynn for that precise alleged conduct.

It is important to remember – there is a widely held belief that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the FBI agents (Strzok and Pientka) to shape their FBI reports of the interview (FD-302’s) to assist a “Flynn lied” narrative.

There is a great deal of debate surrounding the guilty plea as an outcome of a carefully constructed and coordinated plan by FBI and DOJ officials to target Flynn.

The letter continues:

[…] The Department has withheld the Flynn-related documents since our initial bipartisan request last year, citing an ongoing criminal investigation. With Flynn’s plea, the investigation appears concluded.

Additionally, while we are aware that the Special Counsel’s office has moved to delay Lt. General Flynn’s sentencing on several occasions, we presume that all related records already have been provided to the defense pursuant to Judge Sullivan’s February 16, 2018 order requiring production of all potentially exculpatory material. Thus, although the case is not yet adjudicated, the Committee’s oversight interest in the underlying documents requested more than a year ago now outweighs any legitimate executive branch interest in withholding it. So too does the Committee’s interest in learning the FBI agents’ actual assessments of their interview of Lt. Gen. Flynn, particularly given the apparent contradiction between what then Directory Comey told us in March 2017 and what he now claims.

Then comes the hammer:

[…]  In addition, please make Special Agent Joe Pientka available for a transcribed interview with Committee staff no later than one week following the production of the requested documents…

BOOM !!

Here’s the full letter:

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Regarding the “widely held belief” that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe told the FBI agents (Strzok and Pientka) to shape their FBI reports of the interview (FD-302’s) to assist a “Flynn lied” narrative…. As Nick Falco points out evidence of that is within the most recent text messages between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok:

January 23, 2017, the day before the Flynn interview, Lisa Page says: “I can feel my heart beating harder, I’m so stressed about all the ways THIS has the potential to go fully off the rails.” Weird!

♦Strzok replies: “I know. I just talked with John, we’re getting together as soon as I get in to finish that write up for Andy (MCCABE) this morning.” Strzok agrees with Page about being stressed that “THIS” could go off the rails…(Strzok’s meeting w Flynn the next day)

♦Why would Page & Strzok be stressed about “THIS” potentially going off the rails if everything was by the book?

BECAUSE IT WASN’T!

It was a conspiracy to entrap Gen Mike Flynn. All Strzok needed was an excuse to speak w Flynn. Everything in the 302 was likely fabricated.

February 14th, 2017, there is another note about the FBI reports filed from the interview.

Peter Strzok asks Lisa Page if FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is OK with his report: “Also, is Andy good with F-302?”

Lisa Page replies: “Launch on F 302”.

And we know from their discussions of manipulating FBI reports a year earlier, inside the Hillary Clinton investigation – that Peter Strzok has withheld information, and manipulated information, through use of the 302 reports:

(Full Back-story HERE)

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566 Responses to Senator Chuck Grassley Drops Atomic Sledgehammer on FBI – Requests FBI Reports and Testimony From Special Agent Joe Pientka…

  1. Justbill says:

    Sorry if someone already posted this. Just had RFA done on back and it’s been a long day. A few nights ago I was reading in a CTH post where the agents detected no physical signs of Flynn lying, but his account did not match their understanding of the conversation with the Russian ambassador. I didn’t give it too much thought until a few hours later because McCabe or one of the agents involved stated that it was not a good start to a false statements case. And the lightbulb finally went off in my head. A good start? Their understanding? You’ve got the transcripts of the call. Either what he said matches up or it doesn’t. They set Flynn up. It didn’t matter what he said. They were going after him for lying to the FBI. Can you treepers help me out on this one?

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    • cali says:

      Of course they set him – he was a target for a number of years by Hussein himself.

      What they did not factor in is the fact that president Trump and only a very small but most trusted team, Q and gang had the NSA info log before the president was inaugurated.

      The plan to take the deep state down was in the making for some time that also includes other white hats. LTG (ret) Mike Flynn was one of them. His career as military intelligence chief knew how the deep state and their agents operated.

      Consider all of Sundance’s research and investigative posts and factor that gained info into to this. President Trump et al, Flynn and military intelligence all knew that they were wiretapped and spied upon.

      Flynn is a great guy who provided years dedicated to military service as intelligence chief. He took one for the team as necessity because he knew upfront that they planned to set him up.
      Flynn simply entrapped them in their own entrapment to expose and then destroy them.

      Here we are – mission accomplished for Flynn and the military intelligence together with president Trump.
      They are trapped in their own stew of sh$t whih they tried to pass of as legal and legit.

      As Q always says: “These people are stupid” – “We have it all”!

      Remember: “They thought she would not lose” ergo their schmuck arrogance. “A haughty spirit always comes before the fall”!

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      • Bud Klatsch says:

        Indeed, “Pride goeth before destruction.’

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      • mutantbeast says:

        Yep. Flynn never agreed with Barockheads policy on Gays in the miltary, and let it be known. Ever since then theyve been looking for a way to go after him, and his invovement with the Trump campaign was a starting point.

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      • mutantbeast says:

        Independent thought isnt exactly a strong point of communists. They are so into group think and being told everything to do that they cant handle it when something unexpected hits. Like Trump, they never took hin seriously m, and in many respects still dont, thinking there deep state will stop him instead.

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      • Cali, these people are stupid! The whole Trump-Russia Collusion narrative is nonsense! Trump didn’t need any help from anybody to beat thoroughly corrupt and incompetent Hillary! Not to mention that ANY Democrat nominee would have been defeated following the disastrous Obama years! Republicans could’ve nominated Hello Kitty and we’d have won!

        Thank God President Donald J. Trump wanted the job! He’s doing so well, in spite of the Deep State’s BS! I can’t wait to get the DOJ OIG Show on the road!

        Release the Horowitz Kraken!

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    • DrNo76 says:

      A false statement case requires intent to mislead. It’s not enough that the statement is false. The target might not recall or misremember or be confused about the question. Hence the importance of physical cues about whether the target ‘appeared’ to be dissembling or telling the truth.

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    • f.fernandez says:

      Don’t forget Flynn also supported the FBI agent who filed an EEO complaint against McCabe.

      https://www.circa.com/story/2017/06/27/nation/did-the-fbi-retaliate-against-michael-flynn-by-launching-russia-probe

      McCabe also was overheard to state “First we F___ Flynn then we F____ Trump”.

      Another person who ruined their career after going after Trump. Idiots………

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      • My late husband always used to say, “There isn’t anything that anybody can do to you that you can’t do back to them tenfold.”

        I would say that these arrogant, incompetent & thoroughly corrupt Deep State operators don’t understand a basic tenet of success:

        “Honesty is the best policy.”

        When you’re trying to succeed at anything, and I mean ANYTHING in life, when you operate from a deceptive, devious position….. you lose.

        As an aside:

        “Honesty is the best policy” is a proverb of Benjamin Franklin, while the quote “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom” is attributed to Thomas Jefferson, as used in a letter to Nathaniel Macon.

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  2. covfefe999 says:

    Stefan Halper talking on BBC Today program on May 18 2017 immediately after Mueller was appointed Special Counsel. Listen to Halper rip Trump. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0538l7m

    Liked by 1 person

    • covfefe999 says:

      The link above is just a short clip. The entire program is here but I don’t know how to listen to it. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08q317m I guess that was Halper’s goal, a Special Counsel. Prior to the appointment he was laying low, then came forward once Mueller was appointed. He was probably confident Trump would be out of office before the end of the year. Must be pretty angry now that the investigation is fizzling out.

      Liked by 4 people

      • mutantbeast says:

        this guy sounds about like what Steele said about Trump also. Where are the James Bond types in MI6? These guys seem more like the 2nd chief directorate of the KGB.

        Liked by 1 person

      • These jerks have been in their corrupt, alternate universe for so long, they’ve lost sight of what strong and fierce opponents successful, courageous & brilliant leaders are in the real world. They live in the shadows while real men like Donald Trump soar to greatness out in the open! It’s just so magnificent to have a real man as our President. God bless Donald J. Trump!

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    • Southern Son says:

      Grrrr!!
      What does this pos(not even Upper case)
      know, except for other pos’s, Opinions?
      It’s easy to tell, even his laugh is scripted.
      DS Shill!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Honestly the rate at which the full story is coming out is soooooo slooow. It’s like watching frozen grass grow in the winter. I’m going to need a walker by the time anybody actually goes to jail for this garbage.

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  4. glissmeister says:

    “… I have no hope or understanding about what they’re doing on Jens side of the house”

    Who is “Jen” or do they mean Jim [Comey]?

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  5. Foxy says:

    Misdeeds, malfeasance, dereliction of duty, etc. all clearly outlined for anyone who cares to look. Incredibly those intimately involved are still in positions of authority and control. I hold little than anything resembling a sea change at these wildly out of control agencies will ever occur.

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  6. LULU says:

    Interesting recent addition to STEFAN A HALPER’s Wikipedia page …

    “He has been exposed as a CIA and M-16 spy behind the FBI Russiagate investigations of the Trump Campaign and is an informant to the Mueller Special Prosecutor investigation.”https://t.co/WF9sCL6H3m

    — Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 11, 2018

    Since it was removed, here are the screenshots:

    Good catch! It’s already been removed. Here are the screenshots. pic.twitter.com/3fdLLOGrSf

    — 🇺🇸 MAGA 🇺🇸 (@drdrjojo) May 11, 2018

    From Gateway Pundit:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/05/developing-brennan-with-help-from-strzok-and-john-kerry-were-trying-to-set-up-russian-espionage-traps-for-minor-players-in-trumps-camp/

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  7. mutantbeast says:

    Actually, Contreras was FORCED out as the sentencing judge by Chief Justice Roberts, almost immediately after the details abpout the fake dossier being used as the reason for the FISA warrant. That tells me Roberts investigation likely found out Contreras KNEW about the fake dossier being what was used as the excuse for a FISA warrant in the first place. Lets not foirgety WHO Contreras is , either, hes a former law partner of Eric the AssHolder and an Barockhead appointee. Everyone knows, Barockhead only appointed commie ideolgues to the federal bench.

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  8. Stab, the unstoppable hero says:

    I am very pessimistic about getting these people off their perches of power. Indeed, i am trending towards a belief that President Trump, who as a businessman must also be pragmatic, might be negotiating somehow with the Deep State to allow a balance of power with them. McConnell is crooked as hell as ruler of the Senate but might allow Trump to put in some judges and help push thru more tax reform. In return, he & Sessions make sure the upper crust keep their jobs (basically shilling for big business). Trump probably controls State now, with Pompeo in charge. Perhaps the swamp is ambivalent about that, to some degree. In negotiating, they will have to concede in some areas as well. Correct?
    With the latest polling data Trump might not even need to destroy the Deep State completely. If he can lessen the threat of nuclear war and domestic terrorism along with stabilizing the middle class. Maybe he’ll get his 8 years with a (somewhat) compliant Congress.
    I’m just afraid that eventually, with no REAL punishment forthcoming, the criminal bureaucrats will continue to increase their power to the point of no return.

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    • Conservativeinny says:

      If this is the case, everything returns to status quo once Pres Trump is out of office or has the potential to. IMHO, this is some on CTH are saying they want charges of treason and sedition and all that entails. I also think if status quo returns, the country has a real chance of civil war but that is just my opinion

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      • Apollo says:

        Doesn’t even need to be treason (can’t be treason in fact; we’re not at war) or sedition, but it has to be SOMETHING.

        The endless assurances of secret investigations and “trust Sessions” MUST eventually give way to real indictments of at least some of the real players, at all levels, if the rule of law is to mean anything in this country.

        In short, whatever it is for, PDJT needs to keep his campaign pledge and Lock Her Up.

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    • G. Alistar says:

      McConnell, although I don’t know him personally, was a key player and help to POTUS In getting SCOTUS appt, tax reform, numerous federal judges appointed… No one’s perfect but he also likes Kentucky bourbon. Can’t be a bad guy!

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      • Jan says:

        IMHO, McConnell enjoys being the minority leader, not the majority leader. He is refusing to modernize Senate rules and he’s throwing massive amounts of money for GOPe candidates and opposing pro-Trump candidates. He’d rather see a Dimm get elected than a pro-Trump candidate. He has done some amazing manipulation to get Trump agenda items thru when he views it to be in HIS interest (won’t get him in too much trouble with Soros, US Chamber of Commerce, insurance companies, Lindsey & John, etc.) I’m willing to bet that when most of the Gang of 8 (every single one of them except for Rep. Nunes) were informed of the FBI investigation of Trump & his campaign staff & setting them up for colluding with Russia, he clapped his little hands and told the rest of the gang that it was in ALL of their interests to keep Trump from assuming the Presidency or impeach him as quickly as possible. Remember, McConnell’s wife’s family have made billions of dollars with their shipping business that has many direct ties to the Chinese government. McConnell is set for life even if he becomes minority Senate leader. There is no downside for McConnell unless Pres. Trump is successful in taking down GOPe, the swamp, etc.

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  9. Maquis says:

    “First we Eff Flynn, then we Eff Trump!

    Then we get caught.”

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  10. This all puts Mueller in an interesting box. If Pientka would testify that he did not think Flynn was lying (something Grassley probably already knows he will do), then that is something that — as the lawyers say — Mueller “knew or should have known” before seeking a guilty plea from Flynn. Come on, the guy is an FBI agent. Mueller didn’t have to go far to ask him a question.

    This is going to look to Judge “Prosecutorial Misconduct” Sullivan like more prosecutorial misconduct… something he is known to be Hell on. Does Mueller really send his guy into court to tell the judge, “What? The FBI agent who interviewed Flynn says that Flynn wasn’t lying? We had no idea, Your Honor. This is news to us.”

    Grassley gave DOJ until “two weeks after document production” to make Pientka available. Well, with DOJ’s track record at producing documents, that might be two years from now. That may not matter. If Flynn’s attorney is not asleep, he has already filed to subpoena Pientka’s testimony.

    This matter might help smoke out whether Mueller is a doddering figurehead who is being operated by the Gang Of Donors (that he thinks are his friends), or an actual Black Hat who fully understands that he’s commanding the Get Trump Battalion. His reaction to finding out that “his guys” set him up to get hosed by Judge Sullivan should tell us something.

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  11. It is my most fervent hope that General Flynn is completely exonerated and awarded millions of dollars in damages…. and that those who wronged him are charged, tried, convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms for the fraud they perpetrated against him.

    Liked by 4 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      Again, the thought of what is supposed to be the nation’s premier law enforcement agency using terrorist tacticsagainst an honorably retired senior military officer, seemingly creating false information to extort him into a confession to weaken a legally elected sitting President…are we talking 1917 here? A Night of the Long Knives redux?

      “Hi, I’m from the FBI, would you mind showing me your papers, please, and would you mind picking up that soap?”.

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    • mdaush says:

      Let the money be taken from McCabe, Comey, Strozyk and Page. Between them they have more than 20 Million.

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  12. czarowniczy says:

    And this is what we’re facing. The Bureau’s been caught over the years fasifying evidence, using phony experts and other less-than-legal methods to slam individuals folks in power need say should be slammed.
    I’ve seen this as a coup since early on, it has all of the earmarks except (so far) an armed element, though that isn’t an impossibility. Let’s see what happoens on November 3rd, 2020. The idea that even the faulted FBI could stoop this low is mind numbing and, potentially, frightening. Dzerzhinsky would be proud.

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  13. czarowniczy says:

    Don’t mean to sound conspiratorial or overly paranid here but hey, Sundance, have you had your house ‘swept’ lately? Wanna beer bet if you’re on someone’s ‘Things To Do’ list?

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  14. Hittman says:

    Comey, McCabe, Mueller, Rosenstein, and now Wray as a co-conspirator via obstruction of justice, should all face indictments for a minimum of Sedition, if not Treason, against the United States and I volunteer to serve on the firing squad.

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  15. Lon Spector says:

    America 2018, is a Banana Republic/ rotting carcus. A Democracy in name only.
    The Constitution is confetti. Satan, and the entire cast of deep state characters are the cause.

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