GOP lawmakers with the House Judiciary Committee sent several letters Monday directly to two FBI agents involved in the investigation into former national security advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Ranking Republican Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, along with his colleague Rep. Mike Johnson, R-LA, sent the letters after FBI Director Christopher Wray failed to respond to earlier requests this month.
The requests are significant and show the growing divide between Congressional Republicans on the committee and Wray, who has failed to respond to numerous requests since the beginning of his tenure at the FBI. Wray has also failed to oblige to Congressional requests to speak with FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka, who along with former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, conducted the now infamous White House interview with Flynn on Jan. 24, 2017.
The lawmakers also requested to speak with FBI’s former head of the Counterintelligence Division, Bill Priestap, whose unsealed handwritten notes revealed the possible ‘nefarious’ motivations behind the FBI’s investigation of Flynn. Not only has the House Judiciary Committee requested to speak with the agents but several years ago House Intelligence Committee had also requested to speak with Pientka regarding the circumstances surrounding the probe into the Trump campaign and Flynn.