DNI Releases Crucial Documents For Michael Flynn Investigation
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The Director of National Intelligence released a slew of transcripts on Friday to Republican Senators, detailing former National Security Adviser Michael Flynnâ€™s communications with Russia officials in 2016, which were later used by the FBI to spy on President Trumpâ€™s campaign and charge Michael Flynn with perjury shortly after questioning with law enforcement. This comes just days after several investigations were opened throughout several departments to review the misconduct represented by members of the intelligence committee throughout the FBIâ€™s counterintelligence investigation against President Trump.
The information provided in the recently released transcripts show a conversation between National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak with even more particularly troubling details for the FBI.
Check out what Fox News reported below:
The transcripts were declassified over the weekend by Richard Grenell, in one of his last moves as acting director of National Intelligence. Ratcliffe was sworn into his post as DNI on Tuesday, and transmitted the declassified files to Capitol Hill. The transcripts, however, are marked as being declassified by Ratcliffe.
Ratcliffe, in his first major move as DNI, sent the declassified transcripts of phone conversations between Flynn and Kislyak to Grassley and Johnson on Friday.
"In response to bipartisan requests regarding the LTG Michael Flynn (Retired) transcripts, please find the enclosed declassified documents," Ratcliffe wrote to Johnson and Grassley on Friday, copying Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Mark Warner, D-Va., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Devin Nunes, R-Calif.
â€śAs I stated throughout the confirmation process, transparency is vital to allowing the American people to have confidence in the Intelligence Community," Ratcliffe said in a statement Friday. "As the Director of National Intelligence, it is my obligation to review declassification requests with the overarching priority of protecting sources and methods, while also providing transparency whenever possible. Accordingly, today the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified transcripts concerning Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.â€ť
Grassley first requested the Flynn-Kislyak transcripts in February 2017, when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and again pressed the Justice Department to release the files in May 2018.
â€śLt. General Flynn, his legal team, the judge and the American people can now see with their own eyes â€“ for the first time â€“ that all of the innuendo about Lt. General Flynn this whole time was totally bunk," Grassley said in a statement Friday. "There was nothing improper about his call, and the FBI knew it."
Johnson said he released the transcripts to the public because "for too long, the investigation of Lt. Gen. Flynn and others has been fueled by pernicious leaks, likely for political purposes, instead of the facts."
Michael Flynn has been fighting criminal charges for several years that came out of Special Counsel Robert Muellerâ€™s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, however the Justice Department made a stunning reversal by dismissing the case earlier this month, after the Director of National Intelligence uncovered notes from top ranking of members of the FBI discussing how they tried to â€śget him to lieâ€ť or â€śget him firedâ€ť while they were questioning Michael Flynn about his contacts with Russian officials.
Since these revelations were revealed by the Director of National Intelligence, investigations into the FBIâ€™s handling of the investigation against President Trump have picked up speed. United States attorney John Durham was selected by Attorney General Barr to review the early actions of the members of the intelligence committee who helped to advance the illegal probe against President Trump, and an additional attorney was tagged along to the team this week to investigate the process by which Michael Flynnâ€™s name was unmasked at the request of high ranking officials inside of the Obama administration.
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