When Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell finally succeeded in obtaining the “Brady” (exculpatory) material she’d been requesting from the FBI for many months, the question arose: Where was FBI Director Christopher Wray while these documents were being withheld from Flynn’s defense?

Wray had to know this was going on. If we “outsiders” knew, he knew. It’s become obvious that if Trump wanted a real reformer to take the helm at the FBI, he didn’t have one in Wray. How disappointed the President must be. But, as I reported last week, Wray has a history at the FBI that raises both eyebrows –- this isn’t the first time he’s “supervised” FBI personnel, the same group of low-lifes abusing their power. He didn’t do anything about it then, either.

As Trey Gowdy said on Monday to Sean Hannity, “The FBI is not in charge of hiring and firing directors of national intelligence [Flynn’s former job]. The FBI is not in charge –- it’s not their job to see what they can get away with [a reference to James Comey]...You’re supposed to investigate crime, not create crime.”

It was only after Attorney General Bill Barr appointed U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen to review Flynn’s case that those exculpatory documents were finally released to Flynn’s defense. Wray apparently had nothing to do with getting this done, and he’s been there two years. It should have happened when Powell first requested the material, period.

In his latest column, John Solomon reminds us of the time Chris Wray issued a statement rebuking California Rep. Devin Nunes, then-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his memo concluding that Wray’s predecessor, James Comey, abused the FISA process to spy on Trump’s campaign. “We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” Wray said. Two years later, Nunes and his memo were vindicated; what on earth was Wray talking about?

"The problems exposed during the Russia case started with the Comey regime, but have stretched into Wray’s watch,” Solomon observes. FBI officials have declined comment on the Flynn materials but tell Solomon that they’ve referred all FBI employees involved in the “Russia” FISAs for disciplinary action (okay, sure), and that they’ve implemented more than 40 reforms to the FISA process. No word on whether Wray had much to do with that.

Republican legislators have grave reservations about Wray’s ability to reform the FBI. Here’s another excellent write-up by Elizabeth Vaughn at RedState; it includes key quotes from Solomon’s piece and also observes that if Wray remains, the real reformers such as Barr will have to “simply work around him, as they did last week.” Barr has been granted full access to all documents by Trump and can just take what he needs, she says, with Wray being “little more than a placeholder.” (Better than an Eric Holder, I suppose, but Wray needs to go.)

Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana sent a letter on Monday to Wray demanding all documents relating to the FBI’s operation against Flynn, and also interviews with Bill Priestap (Peter Strzok’s boss, and the author of those handwritten notes questioning the motive behind the Flynn “ambush” interview) and Joe Pientka (the other Flynn questioner, besides Strzok).

"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,” they wrote. “Even more concerning, we continue to learn these new details from litigation and investigations –- NOT FROM YOU. [Emphasis mine; you have to love that they said this.] It is well past time that you show the leadership necessary to bring the FBI past the abuses of the Obama-Biden era.”

"Produce all documents and communications between or among the FBI and other executive branch agencies, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT [again, emphasis mine], for the period December 1, 2016, to January 20, 2017 [Obama’s last day in office], referring or relating to LTG Michael Flynn’s December 30, 2016, conversation with Sergey Kislyak...explain when you personally learned of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to FTG Flynn.”

I’ve linked to the letter, which is quite masterful. The first part lays out all the ways in which the FBI mis-conducted itself, and it’s stunning to see line after line of the malfeasance that by now we know took place. It presents the whole timeline, starting with Flynn’s phone call to Kislyak on December 30, 2016; to the field office’s closing of the Flynn “Russia” case on January 4, 2017, after finding NOTHING and Strzok’s intervention to keep it open; to the big Oval Office meeting on January 5; and on and on with everything the FBI did to coerce Flynn’s guilty plea, finally obtained on December 1, 2017.

The second part is a list of demands, to be provided “as soon as possible but no later than May 18, 2020...We trust you will respond expeditiously and completely.”

Today’s “Wray buffet” would not be complete without the dessert cart, and today’s offering is another sweet column by Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST, about what the newly-released documents say about the Michael Flynn case. In “Your Guide To The Obama Administration’s Hit On Michael Flynn,” not only will she bring you up to speed on the case if you’re not there –- including the new evidence of the “secret side deal” the FBI made with Flynn not to prosecute his son –- but she also introduces a brilliant point. In essence, it’s this:

As Cleveland points out, the Supreme Court has ruled that to be criminal, Flynn’s “lie” had to be material; that is, capable of influencing an investigation. She then asks, “How could Flynn’s statements have influenced the FBI, given that the FBI knew exactly what Flynn said to the Russian ambassador before the agents interviewed him?” Also, as of Thursday, we’ve known that on January 4, 2017, the FBI field office sent documentation to close “Crossfire Razor” with no derogatory evidence found, concluding Flynn “was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger Crossfire Hurricane umbrella case.” Twenty minutes later, Strzok sent a message to an unknown agent saying not to close out the Flynn investigation yet, as the “7th floor” was involved.

The point: As recently unsealed documents show that the FBI already had all the communications and had decided to close the case anyway, we know the only reason to keep it open was as a pretext to interrogate Flynn. So the interrogation itself was not “material” to the case. They had no legitimate investigative purpose for questioning Flynn, so what he said in answer to their questions was NOT MATERIAL.

Cleveland goes on to describe how the 302 (FBI notes) of the interview with Flynn was re-written by Strzok and Page. Recall that the original 302 has mysteriously gone missing. It’s very important to get that, and also to hear from Joe Pientka, the “other” agent who questioned Flynn. Of course, both the 302 and the in-person Pientka interview are on the list of demands sent by Reps. Jordan and Johnson to Chris Wray, but I’ll bet they end up coming from...well, somebody else besides Wray.

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  • Gail Denham

    05/05/2020 12:35 PM

    Work around him, that's for sure - that Wray - he's obviously part of the problem. Is there one honest man or woman in Washington DC besides Pres. Trump and VP Pence? I'm beginning to wonder.
    Also - could you please write your updates in bolder type - it's very hard to read - the first part anyway. thanks

  • Joe Stockton

    05/05/2020 12:29 PM

    Clean house. The FYI has NO credibility. I am so ashamed. Obama has done to them what the other communists never could.

  • Larry S. Grubbs

    05/05/2020 12:28 PM

    Dear Mike, Thank you for sharing and caring about TRUTH. Here is my take on truth in America. Truth or Consequences

    TRUTH? Why are we the people of America so unconcerned about truth or consequences?
    It appears that we have become so accommodated to political correctness, wary of “offensiveness”, satisfied with a steady diet of half-truths, fake news, simulated food, virtual exercise and acceptive of perverse morality that we no longer comprehend any true “identity”. We have spoiled ourselves with entitlements that we are routinely assured that we “deserve”, so now that we have over indulged in pleasures and pastimes, we have lost track of time until “our time” may have passed.

    We no longer bear fruit of our guiding “Spirit” by which Truth we were conceived and which we held as self-evident as endowing us with rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We aspired to bear fruit of That Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. However; we as “one nation under God” have since abdicated responsibility for self-governance as a nation “Of the people, by the people and for the people” and cut ourselves off from the Trunk of Truth from which we sprouted and once produced light and the fruit of hope for the world.
    Even now, as still living remnants of truthful people reach out and struggle to bring refreshment by showing the promise of vitality of life sustained by Truth, they are being smothered by the withered, dead, and dying in a swamp of complacency, apathy and apostacy.

    America, we must prune ourselves of pride and futile thinking or our field of dreams will surely fade, giving way to desolation, despair and darkness determined to overtake the world. Who may “leave the light of truth on” for the wayfaring strangers to God? What will become of the once vibrant orchards where now we find only baskets of rotting apples?

    Only ONE knows the truthful answer.
    “If anyone has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15)
    Do we have eyes but fail to see? (Mark 8:18)
    Do we have a sense of smell to distinguish between the smell of death and the fragrance of life? (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)
    Are our throats too dry and hoarse to ask for a drink of living water? (John 4:10- 14)
    Are we too bloated to hunger for living bread which has been given for the life of the world? (John 6:51)
    Are we too deafened and tossed by the storms wreaking havoc on our world to remember the One who stills them to a whisper? (Psalm 107:29)
    Are we too frightened by crouching tigers to take comfort in the rod and staff of The Lord our Shepherd? (Psalm 23)

    “For the law was given by Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17
    “The LORD is near to all who call on him; to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
    Let us come to Him while we may- to pray in truth or continue to suffer consequences.

    Larry S. Grubbs May, 2020

  • Diane Rowlands

    05/05/2020 12:18 PM

    I read where Lisa Page is suing Trump for some remarks he said about her. I hope she loses. Flynn should sue Page and Strozk.

  • Diane Rowlands

    05/05/2020 12:14 PM

    I hope the government helps Flynn financially for all of this.This whole mess is terrible.

  • rodney burke

    05/05/2020 12:11 PM

    yep Mike, Wray has demonstrated over two years he is complicit with whatever is going on that is illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional. he is NOT a man of integrity OR character. I am getting conflicting reports on him. Bongino says, he is useless another source says he is a sleeper. Doesn't seem to be sleeping to me, seems to be obstructing at every turn. And his comments about Devin Nunez I find VERY offensive. There are whole bunch of us who need a ball pean hammer. (sp) on some body parts to get him moving. he didn't impress me as a man who gets the job done from the start and it is now confirmed. He and the rest of the mob have far too much to hide for him to be a white hat. He's the villain, IMO until he proves otherwise. The Flynn case was a monumental screw up from the start and now that it's all coming out? All because they thought Hilary would win. What a bunch of bumbling, arrogant idiots!

  • Lloyd Richardson

    05/05/2020 11:59 AM

    Ho! Ho! Wray gotta go! Without prosecutions (and conviections!), the American people will never believe the FBI or DOJ again, not in our lifetimes.

  • Ronald Danehower

    05/05/2020 11:49 AM

    It is amazing what has happened under the Democrats time in office !! People have to have lost their minds or their completely stupid these days ! I guess they don't know any better or That is how they have been programmed !!
    I would like to meet with you some time and see what you think about what might be going on
    with the VA and get your ideas !! IT'S very troubling and I am very concerned !! I can't believe what's going ! I need your ideas !! THANKS for all of the up dated information & comments !
    My Cell is 479-841-4540 ! We live in Benton , just off of I-30 & Hwy 5 N less than 1/4 mile !!!
    Behind Bank of the Ozarks about 5 Blocks !! Thanks !

  • Billie

    05/05/2020 11:49 AM

    Thanks for getting the truth out. How can anyone vote for democrats. Billie

  • Nina Lockard

    05/05/2020 11:47 AM

    Let me correct my own self. He should hire someone as FBI Director whom he knows is impartial and and a straight shooter like Barr. Hiring someone who supports him is not the issue and is not ethical, I suppose. Just no one from the swamp for pete's sakes!

  • Nina Lockard

    05/05/2020 11:44 AM

    I started commenting on Trump's FB page from the day he put in Wray that he should be fired. I don't know who recommends these people to him. Hopefully, he is learning that he has to hire people whom he "knows" are his supporters. My other comment since I live in Alabama, and we have a run-off in July between Tuberville and Sessions is now that all this had been found by Barr, it just reinforces the reason NOT to re-elect Sessions! Once again, where was he?

  • AL WOIDECK

    05/05/2020 11:43 AM

    Michael Flynn would be my choice to replace FBI Director Christopher Wray.

  • Peggy S Nelson

    05/05/2020 11:33 AM

    Thanks, I count on your post to keep me updated on what is going on in the world. Watching the news is always slanted to who is reporting according to their views. I appreciate your honesty.

  • Kay DeWitt

    05/05/2020 11:33 AM

    Mike, I take it that you....ahem....are filing all this info on corruption ON this story.
    ....and all the other stories of corruption...SO THAT, when all the facts of proof are in, YOU ARE GOING TO GET ON FOX NEWS AND PREACH A SERMON WHEREBY YOU STATE THAT:

    If any American (be he a Republican or a Democrat) wants their country to have ANY semblance to that which used to DEFINE America....that which enabled it to be called "ONE Nation UNDER God"....the "UNITED States of America" ....the "Land of the FREE" .....then any American has no choice but TO vote for President Trump to be re-elected AND that there are God-fearing people LIKE yourself who are supporting Trump because you...and they... don't want America TO lose the identity that made you love this country!

  • Linda Orf

    05/05/2020 11:27 AM

    I can think of a few congressmen or women that should replace Mr Wray....

  • Jacqueline Ceccorulli

    05/05/2020 11:25 AM

    Evidently this article does not coincide with the headline "here we go with Michelle O". I wish the Obamas would just go AWAY, they are very scary people and I firmly believe he was ILLEGALLY in charge for 8 years. The Democratic party is going to run her in four years, mark my words, Mike.

  • Robin Rebhan

    05/05/2020 11:24 AM

    I think " Boss Hog " on the Dukes Of Hazard had more integrity than the FBI.
    We laughed at Boss Hog, but what the FBI was/is doing isn't funny. There are some really serious Constitutional and criminal issues at stake here. The FBI has been weaponized for progressive political purposes.
    If I were a defense attorney who had any cases where my client was found guilty based on any testimony or evidence presented by or involved any of these guys in the FBI or DOJ I'd be filing for mistrial in a heartbeat.
    I've said this before. Where were the whistle blowers? Could it be that this corruption was so wide spread that there not one single honest person in the DOJ or FBI that could stand up and come forward saying that this was wrong and criminal? And was there not one single honest member of the Democratic Party that could have come forward? The silence is deafening!
    Winston Churchill was right. " The truth is so valuable that is is surrounded by a bodyguard of lies".
    And my Father thought the " McCarthy Hearings " in the 50's was bad.

  • jack macdonald

    05/05/2020 11:20 AM

    I think it is pretty obvious that Wray is as corrupt as the others. Someone must have some dirt on him and have advised him that he had better not be cooperative with inquiries. The person or persons who recommended Wray for this position need to be looked at as well. Since anyone in the top ranks of the FBI were Comey's people the all needed to go if there was to be a housecleaning. Obviously, Wray didn't subscribe to a housecleaning. It would have had to start with him. Why would it take 2 years to figure this guy isn't up to the job and is still there to protect Obama?

  • Melinda Long

    05/05/2020 11:20 AM

    how can these people continue to get away with all the horror and lies!!?? this must be brought to justice as the time is running out!

  • Rita hendershot

    05/05/2020 11:19 AM

    Thanks, keep telling the truth, so few do

  • Andrea Helen Eckert Watters

    05/05/2020 11:17 AM

    How can we tell Mr. Trump that he needs to replace Wray in the FBI and put in someone who will support Trump? [Or at least won't throw blocks in his way?]

  • Charles Simmons

    05/05/2020 11:03 AM

    Justice delayed is justice denied ...

  • Wayne Hilchen

    05/05/2020 11:00 AM

    Who can trust the FBI after reading the update in this column? It appears to be an enemy of the people. And, why does it take so long to make changes. If Wray continues his inaction and obvious stalling why is he still around?

  • LAWRENCE F BONI

    05/05/2020 10:56 AM

    I HAVE NO FAITH IN THE FBI , THEY HAVE BEEN CROOKED UNDER MUELLER TO AND INCLUDING UNDER WRAY . THEY HAVE BEEN ACTING MORE LIKE THE GESTAPO. MANY OF THEM BELONG IN JAIL. MUELLER WAS CROOKED WHEN HE WAS THE U.S. ATTY IN BOSTON HIS WHOLE TEAM WHEN HE WAS INVESTIGATING TRUMP BELONGS IN JAIL

  • Diane Skinner

    05/05/2020 10:56 AM

    Wray has to go. Time to clean house!

When Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell finally succeeded in obtaining the “Brady” (exculpatory) material she’d been requesting from the FBI for many months, the question arose: Where was FBI Director Christopher Wray while these documents were being withheld from Flynn’s defense?

Wray had to know this was going on. If we “outsiders” knew, he knew. It’s become obvious that if Trump wanted a real reformer to take the helm at the FBI, he didn’t have one in Wray. How disappointed the President must be. But, as I reported last week, Wray has a history at the FBI that raises both eyebrows –- this isn’t the first time he’s “supervised” FBI personnel, the same group of low-lifes abusing their power. He didn’t do anything about it then, either.

As Trey Gowdy said on Monday to Sean Hannity, “The FBI is not in charge of hiring and firing directors of national intelligence [Flynn’s former job]. The FBI is not in charge –- it’s not their job to see what they can get away with [a reference to James Comey]...You’re supposed to investigate crime, not create crime.”

It was only after Attorney General Bill Barr appointed U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen to review Flynn’s case that those exculpatory documents were finally released to Flynn’s defense. Wray apparently had nothing to do with getting this done, and he’s been there two years. It should have happened when Powell first requested the material, period.

In his latest column, John Solomon reminds us of the time Chris Wray issued a statement rebuking California Rep. Devin Nunes, then-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his memo concluding that Wray’s predecessor, James Comey, abused the FISA process to spy on Trump’s campaign. “We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” Wray said. Two years later, Nunes and his memo were vindicated; what on earth was Wray talking about?

"The problems exposed during the Russia case started with the Comey regime, but have stretched into Wray’s watch,” Solomon observes. FBI officials have declined comment on the Flynn materials but tell Solomon that they’ve referred all FBI employees involved in the “Russia” FISAs for disciplinary action (okay, sure), and that they’ve implemented more than 40 reforms to the FISA process. No word on whether Wray had much to do with that.

Republican legislators have grave reservations about Wray’s ability to reform the FBI. Here’s another excellent write-up by Elizabeth Vaughn at RedState; it includes key quotes from Solomon’s piece and also observes that if Wray remains, the real reformers such as Barr will have to “simply work around him, as they did last week.” Barr has been granted full access to all documents by Trump and can just take what he needs, she says, with Wray being “little more than a placeholder.” (Better than an Eric Holder, I suppose, but Wray needs to go.)

Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana sent a letter on Monday to Wray demanding all documents relating to the FBI’s operation against Flynn, and also interviews with Bill Priestap (Peter Strzok’s boss, and the author of those handwritten notes questioning the motive behind the Flynn “ambush” interview) and Joe Pientka (the other Flynn questioner, besides Strzok).

"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,” they wrote. “Even more concerning, we continue to learn these new details from litigation and investigations –- NOT FROM YOU. [Emphasis mine; you have to love that they said this.] It is well past time that you show the leadership necessary to bring the FBI past the abuses of the Obama-Biden era.”

"Produce all documents and communications between or among the FBI and other executive branch agencies, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT [again, emphasis mine], for the period December 1, 2016, to January 20, 2017 [Obama’s last day in office], referring or relating to LTG Michael Flynn’s December 30, 2016, conversation with Sergey Kislyak...explain when you personally learned of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to FTG Flynn.”

I’ve linked to the letter, which is quite masterful. The first part lays out all the ways in which the FBI mis-conducted itself, and it’s stunning to see line after line of the malfeasance that by now we know took place. It presents the whole timeline, starting with Flynn’s phone call to Kislyak on December 30, 2016; to the field office’s closing of the Flynn “Russia” case on January 4, 2017, after finding NOTHING and Strzok’s intervention to keep it open; to the big Oval Office meeting on January 5; and on and on with everything the FBI did to coerce Flynn’s guilty plea, finally obtained on December 1, 2017.

The second part is a list of demands, to be provided “as soon as possible but no later than May 18, 2020...We trust you will respond expeditiously and completely.”

Today’s “Wray buffet” would not be complete without the dessert cart, and today’s offering is another sweet column by Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST, about what the newly-released documents say about the Michael Flynn case. In “Your Guide To The Obama Administration’s Hit On Michael Flynn,” not only will she bring you up to speed on the case if you’re not there –- including the new evidence of the “secret side deal” the FBI made with Flynn not to prosecute his son –- but she also introduces a brilliant point. In essence, it’s this:

As Cleveland points out, the Supreme Court has ruled that to be criminal, Flynn’s “lie” had to be material; that is, capable of influencing an investigation. She then asks, “How could Flynn’s statements have influenced the FBI, given that the FBI knew exactly what Flynn said to the Russian ambassador before the agents interviewed him?” Also, as of Thursday, we’ve known that on January 4, 2017, the FBI field office sent documentation to close “Crossfire Razor” with no derogatory evidence found, concluding Flynn “was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger Crossfire Hurricane umbrella case.” Twenty minutes later, Strzok sent a message to an unknown agent saying not to close out the Flynn investigation yet, as the “7th floor” was involved.

The point: As recently unsealed documents show that the FBI already had all the communications and had decided to close the case anyway, we know the only reason to keep it open was as a pretext to interrogate Flynn. So the interrogation itself was not “material” to the case. They had no legitimate investigative purpose for questioning Flynn, so what he said in answer to their questions was NOT MATERIAL.

Cleveland goes on to describe how the 302 (FBI notes) of the interview with Flynn was re-written by Strzok and Page. Recall that the original 302 has mysteriously gone missing. It’s very important to get that, and also to hear from Joe Pientka, the “other” agent who questioned Flynn. Of course, both the 302 and the in-person Pientka interview are on the list of demands sent by Reps. Jordan and Johnson to Chris Wray, but I’ll bet they end up coming from...well, somebody else besides Wray.

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  • Gail Denham

    05/05/2020 12:35 PM

    Work around him, that's for sure - that Wray - he's obviously part of the problem. Is there one honest man or woman in Washington DC besides Pres. Trump and VP Pence? I'm beginning to wonder.
    Also - could you please write your updates in bolder type - it's very hard to read - the first part anyway. thanks

  • Joe Stockton

    05/05/2020 12:29 PM

    Clean house. The FYI has NO credibility. I am so ashamed. Obama has done to them what the other communists never could.

  • Larry S. Grubbs

    05/05/2020 12:28 PM

    Dear Mike, Thank you for sharing and caring about TRUTH. Here is my take on truth in America. Truth or Consequences

    TRUTH? Why are we the people of America so unconcerned about truth or consequences?
    It appears that we have become so accommodated to political correctness, wary of “offensiveness”, satisfied with a steady diet of half-truths, fake news, simulated food, virtual exercise and acceptive of perverse morality that we no longer comprehend any true “identity”. We have spoiled ourselves with entitlements that we are routinely assured that we “deserve”, so now that we have over indulged in pleasures and pastimes, we have lost track of time until “our time” may have passed.

    We no longer bear fruit of our guiding “Spirit” by which Truth we were conceived and which we held as self-evident as endowing us with rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We aspired to bear fruit of That Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. However; we as “one nation under God” have since abdicated responsibility for self-governance as a nation “Of the people, by the people and for the people” and cut ourselves off from the Trunk of Truth from which we sprouted and once produced light and the fruit of hope for the world.
    Even now, as still living remnants of truthful people reach out and struggle to bring refreshment by showing the promise of vitality of life sustained by Truth, they are being smothered by the withered, dead, and dying in a swamp of complacency, apathy and apostacy.

    America, we must prune ourselves of pride and futile thinking or our field of dreams will surely fade, giving way to desolation, despair and darkness determined to overtake the world. Who may “leave the light of truth on” for the wayfaring strangers to God? What will become of the once vibrant orchards where now we find only baskets of rotting apples?

    Only ONE knows the truthful answer.
    “If anyone has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15)
    Do we have eyes but fail to see? (Mark 8:18)
    Do we have a sense of smell to distinguish between the smell of death and the fragrance of life? (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)
    Are our throats too dry and hoarse to ask for a drink of living water? (John 4:10- 14)
    Are we too bloated to hunger for living bread which has been given for the life of the world? (John 6:51)
    Are we too deafened and tossed by the storms wreaking havoc on our world to remember the One who stills them to a whisper? (Psalm 107:29)
    Are we too frightened by crouching tigers to take comfort in the rod and staff of The Lord our Shepherd? (Psalm 23)

    “For the law was given by Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17
    “The LORD is near to all who call on him; to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
    Let us come to Him while we may- to pray in truth or continue to suffer consequences.

    Larry S. Grubbs May, 2020

  • Diane Rowlands

    05/05/2020 12:18 PM

    I read where Lisa Page is suing Trump for some remarks he said about her. I hope she loses. Flynn should sue Page and Strozk.

  • Diane Rowlands

    05/05/2020 12:14 PM

    I hope the government helps Flynn financially for all of this.This whole mess is terrible.

  • rodney burke

    05/05/2020 12:11 PM

    yep Mike, Wray has demonstrated over two years he is complicit with whatever is going on that is illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional. he is NOT a man of integrity OR character. I am getting conflicting reports on him. Bongino says, he is useless another source says he is a sleeper. Doesn't seem to be sleeping to me, seems to be obstructing at every turn. And his comments about Devin Nunez I find VERY offensive. There are whole bunch of us who need a ball pean hammer. (sp) on some body parts to get him moving. he didn't impress me as a man who gets the job done from the start and it is now confirmed. He and the rest of the mob have far too much to hide for him to be a white hat. He's the villain, IMO until he proves otherwise. The Flynn case was a monumental screw up from the start and now that it's all coming out? All because they thought Hilary would win. What a bunch of bumbling, arrogant idiots!

  • Lloyd Richardson

    05/05/2020 11:59 AM

    Ho! Ho! Wray gotta go! Without prosecutions (and conviections!), the American people will never believe the FBI or DOJ again, not in our lifetimes.

  • Ronald Danehower

    05/05/2020 11:49 AM

    It is amazing what has happened under the Democrats time in office !! People have to have lost their minds or their completely stupid these days ! I guess they don't know any better or That is how they have been programmed !!
    I would like to meet with you some time and see what you think about what might be going on
    with the VA and get your ideas !! IT'S very troubling and I am very concerned !! I can't believe what's going ! I need your ideas !! THANKS for all of the up dated information & comments !
    My Cell is 479-841-4540 ! We live in Benton , just off of I-30 & Hwy 5 N less than 1/4 mile !!!
    Behind Bank of the Ozarks about 5 Blocks !! Thanks !

  • Billie

    05/05/2020 11:49 AM

    Thanks for getting the truth out. How can anyone vote for democrats. Billie

  • Nina Lockard

    05/05/2020 11:47 AM

    Let me correct my own self. He should hire someone as FBI Director whom he knows is impartial and and a straight shooter like Barr. Hiring someone who supports him is not the issue and is not ethical, I suppose. Just no one from the swamp for pete's sakes!

  • Nina Lockard

    05/05/2020 11:44 AM

    I started commenting on Trump's FB page from the day he put in Wray that he should be fired. I don't know who recommends these people to him. Hopefully, he is learning that he has to hire people whom he "knows" are his supporters. My other comment since I live in Alabama, and we have a run-off in July between Tuberville and Sessions is now that all this had been found by Barr, it just reinforces the reason NOT to re-elect Sessions! Once again, where was he?

  • AL WOIDECK

    05/05/2020 11:43 AM

    Michael Flynn would be my choice to replace FBI Director Christopher Wray.

  • Peggy S Nelson

    05/05/2020 11:33 AM

    Thanks, I count on your post to keep me updated on what is going on in the world. Watching the news is always slanted to who is reporting according to their views. I appreciate your honesty.

  • Kay DeWitt

    05/05/2020 11:33 AM

    Mike, I take it that you....ahem....are filing all this info on corruption ON this story.
    ....and all the other stories of corruption...SO THAT, when all the facts of proof are in, YOU ARE GOING TO GET ON FOX NEWS AND PREACH A SERMON WHEREBY YOU STATE THAT:

    If any American (be he a Republican or a Democrat) wants their country to have ANY semblance to that which used to DEFINE America....that which enabled it to be called "ONE Nation UNDER God"....the "UNITED States of America" ....the "Land of the FREE" .....then any American has no choice but TO vote for President Trump to be re-elected AND that there are God-fearing people LIKE yourself who are supporting Trump because you...and they... don't want America TO lose the identity that made you love this country!

  • Linda Orf

    05/05/2020 11:27 AM

    I can think of a few congressmen or women that should replace Mr Wray....

  • Jacqueline Ceccorulli

    05/05/2020 11:25 AM

    Evidently this article does not coincide with the headline "here we go with Michelle O". I wish the Obamas would just go AWAY, they are very scary people and I firmly believe he was ILLEGALLY in charge for 8 years. The Democratic party is going to run her in four years, mark my words, Mike.

  • Robin Rebhan

    05/05/2020 11:24 AM

    I think " Boss Hog " on the Dukes Of Hazard had more integrity than the FBI.
    We laughed at Boss Hog, but what the FBI was/is doing isn't funny. There are some really serious Constitutional and criminal issues at stake here. The FBI has been weaponized for progressive political purposes.
    If I were a defense attorney who had any cases where my client was found guilty based on any testimony or evidence presented by or involved any of these guys in the FBI or DOJ I'd be filing for mistrial in a heartbeat.
    I've said this before. Where were the whistle blowers? Could it be that this corruption was so wide spread that there not one single honest person in the DOJ or FBI that could stand up and come forward saying that this was wrong and criminal? And was there not one single honest member of the Democratic Party that could have come forward? The silence is deafening!
    Winston Churchill was right. " The truth is so valuable that is is surrounded by a bodyguard of lies".
    And my Father thought the " McCarthy Hearings " in the 50's was bad.

  • jack macdonald

    05/05/2020 11:20 AM

    I think it is pretty obvious that Wray is as corrupt as the others. Someone must have some dirt on him and have advised him that he had better not be cooperative with inquiries. The person or persons who recommended Wray for this position need to be looked at as well. Since anyone in the top ranks of the FBI were Comey's people the all needed to go if there was to be a housecleaning. Obviously, Wray didn't subscribe to a housecleaning. It would have had to start with him. Why would it take 2 years to figure this guy isn't up to the job and is still there to protect Obama?

  • Melinda Long

    05/05/2020 11:20 AM

    how can these people continue to get away with all the horror and lies!!?? this must be brought to justice as the time is running out!

  • Rita hendershot

    05/05/2020 11:19 AM

    Thanks, keep telling the truth, so few do

  • Andrea Helen Eckert Watters

    05/05/2020 11:17 AM

    How can we tell Mr. Trump that he needs to replace Wray in the FBI and put in someone who will support Trump? [Or at least won't throw blocks in his way?]

  • Charles Simmons

    05/05/2020 11:03 AM

    Justice delayed is justice denied ...

  • Wayne Hilchen

    05/05/2020 11:00 AM

    Who can trust the FBI after reading the update in this column? It appears to be an enemy of the people. And, why does it take so long to make changes. If Wray continues his inaction and obvious stalling why is he still around?

  • LAWRENCE F BONI

    05/05/2020 10:56 AM

    I HAVE NO FAITH IN THE FBI , THEY HAVE BEEN CROOKED UNDER MUELLER TO AND INCLUDING UNDER WRAY . THEY HAVE BEEN ACTING MORE LIKE THE GESTAPO. MANY OF THEM BELONG IN JAIL. MUELLER WAS CROOKED WHEN HE WAS THE U.S. ATTY IN BOSTON HIS WHOLE TEAM WHEN HE WAS INVESTIGATING TRUMP BELONGS IN JAIL

  • Diane Skinner

    05/05/2020 10:56 AM

    Wray has to go. Time to clean house!

When Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell finally succeeded in obtaining the “Brady” (exculpatory) material she’d been requesting from the FBI for many months, the question arose: Where was FBI Director Christopher Wray while these documents were being withheld from Flynn’s defense?

Wray had to know this was going on. If we “outsiders” knew, he knew. It’s become obvious that if Trump wanted a real reformer to take the helm at the FBI, he didn’t have one in Wray. How disappointed the President must be. But, as I reported last week, Wray has a history at the FBI that raises both eyebrows –- this isn’t the first time he’s “supervised” FBI personnel, the same group of low-lifes abusing their power. He didn’t do anything about it then, either.

As Trey Gowdy said on Monday to Sean Hannity, “The FBI is not in charge of hiring and firing directors of national intelligence [Flynn’s former job]. The FBI is not in charge –- it’s not their job to see what they can get away with [a reference to James Comey]...You’re supposed to investigate crime, not create crime.”

It was only after Attorney General Bill Barr appointed U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen to review Flynn’s case that those exculpatory documents were finally released to Flynn’s defense. Wray apparently had nothing to do with getting this done, and he’s been there two years. It should have happened when Powell first requested the material, period.

In his latest column, John Solomon reminds us of the time Chris Wray issued a statement rebuking California Rep. Devin Nunes, then-chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, for his memo concluding that Wray’s predecessor, James Comey, abused the FISA process to spy on Trump’s campaign. “We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” Wray said. Two years later, Nunes and his memo were vindicated; what on earth was Wray talking about?

"The problems exposed during the Russia case started with the Comey regime, but have stretched into Wray’s watch,” Solomon observes. FBI officials have declined comment on the Flynn materials but tell Solomon that they’ve referred all FBI employees involved in the “Russia” FISAs for disciplinary action (okay, sure), and that they’ve implemented more than 40 reforms to the FISA process. No word on whether Wray had much to do with that.

Republican legislators have grave reservations about Wray’s ability to reform the FBI. Here’s another excellent write-up by Elizabeth Vaughn at RedState; it includes key quotes from Solomon’s piece and also observes that if Wray remains, the real reformers such as Barr will have to “simply work around him, as they did last week.” Barr has been granted full access to all documents by Trump and can just take what he needs, she says, with Wray being “little more than a placeholder.” (Better than an Eric Holder, I suppose, but Wray needs to go.)

Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mike Johnson of Louisiana sent a letter on Monday to Wray demanding all documents relating to the FBI’s operation against Flynn, and also interviews with Bill Priestap (Peter Strzok’s boss, and the author of those handwritten notes questioning the motive behind the Flynn “ambush” interview) and Joe Pientka (the other Flynn questioner, besides Strzok).

"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,” they wrote. “Even more concerning, we continue to learn these new details from litigation and investigations –- NOT FROM YOU. [Emphasis mine; you have to love that they said this.] It is well past time that you show the leadership necessary to bring the FBI past the abuses of the Obama-Biden era.”

"Produce all documents and communications between or among the FBI and other executive branch agencies, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT [again, emphasis mine], for the period December 1, 2016, to January 20, 2017 [Obama’s last day in office], referring or relating to LTG Michael Flynn’s December 30, 2016, conversation with Sergey Kislyak...explain when you personally learned of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to FTG Flynn.”

I’ve linked to the letter, which is quite masterful. The first part lays out all the ways in which the FBI mis-conducted itself, and it’s stunning to see line after line of the malfeasance that by now we know took place. It presents the whole timeline, starting with Flynn’s phone call to Kislyak on December 30, 2016; to the field office’s closing of the Flynn “Russia” case on January 4, 2017, after finding NOTHING and Strzok’s intervention to keep it open; to the big Oval Office meeting on January 5; and on and on with everything the FBI did to coerce Flynn’s guilty plea, finally obtained on December 1, 2017.

The second part is a list of demands, to be provided “as soon as possible but no later than May 18, 2020...We trust you will respond expeditiously and completely.”

Today’s “Wray buffet” would not be complete without the dessert cart, and today’s offering is another sweet column by Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST, about what the newly-released documents say about the Michael Flynn case. In “Your Guide To The Obama Administration’s Hit On Michael Flynn,” not only will she bring you up to speed on the case if you’re not there –- including the new evidence of the “secret side deal” the FBI made with Flynn not to prosecute his son –- but she also introduces a brilliant point. In essence, it’s this:

As Cleveland points out, the Supreme Court has ruled that to be criminal, Flynn’s “lie” had to be material; that is, capable of influencing an investigation. She then asks, “How could Flynn’s statements have influenced the FBI, given that the FBI knew exactly what Flynn said to the Russian ambassador before the agents interviewed him?” Also, as of Thursday, we’ve known that on January 4, 2017, the FBI field office sent documentation to close “Crossfire Razor” with no derogatory evidence found, concluding Flynn “was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger Crossfire Hurricane umbrella case.” Twenty minutes later, Strzok sent a message to an unknown agent saying not to close out the Flynn investigation yet, as the “7th floor” was involved.

The point: As recently unsealed documents show that the FBI already had all the communications and had decided to close the case anyway, we know the only reason to keep it open was as a pretext to interrogate Flynn. So the interrogation itself was not “material” to the case. They had no legitimate investigative purpose for questioning Flynn, so what he said in answer to their questions was NOT MATERIAL.

Cleveland goes on to describe how the 302 (FBI notes) of the interview with Flynn was re-written by Strzok and Page. Recall that the original 302 has mysteriously gone missing. It’s very important to get that, and also to hear from Joe Pientka, the “other” agent who questioned Flynn. Of course, both the 302 and the in-person Pientka interview are on the list of demands sent by Reps. Jordan and Johnson to Chris Wray, but I’ll bet they end up coming from...well, somebody else besides Wray.

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  • Gail Denham

    05/05/2020 12:35 PM

    Work around him, that's for sure - that Wray - he's obviously part of the problem. Is there one honest man or woman in Washington DC besides Pres. Trump and VP Pence? I'm beginning to wonder.
    Also - could you please write your updates in bolder type - it's very hard to read - the first part anyway. thanks

  • Joe Stockton

    05/05/2020 12:29 PM

    Clean house. The FYI has NO credibility. I am so ashamed. Obama has done to them what the other communists never could.

  • Larry S. Grubbs

    05/05/2020 12:28 PM

    Dear Mike, Thank you for sharing and caring about TRUTH. Here is my take on truth in America. Truth or Consequences

    TRUTH? Why are we the people of America so unconcerned about truth or consequences?
    It appears that we have become so accommodated to political correctness, wary of “offensiveness”, satisfied with a steady diet of half-truths, fake news, simulated food, virtual exercise and acceptive of perverse morality that we no longer comprehend any true “identity”. We have spoiled ourselves with entitlements that we are routinely assured that we “deserve”, so now that we have over indulged in pleasures and pastimes, we have lost track of time until “our time” may have passed.

    We no longer bear fruit of our guiding “Spirit” by which Truth we were conceived and which we held as self-evident as endowing us with rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We aspired to bear fruit of That Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. However; we as “one nation under God” have since abdicated responsibility for self-governance as a nation “Of the people, by the people and for the people” and cut ourselves off from the Trunk of Truth from which we sprouted and once produced light and the fruit of hope for the world.
    Even now, as still living remnants of truthful people reach out and struggle to bring refreshment by showing the promise of vitality of life sustained by Truth, they are being smothered by the withered, dead, and dying in a swamp of complacency, apathy and apostacy.

    America, we must prune ourselves of pride and futile thinking or our field of dreams will surely fade, giving way to desolation, despair and darkness determined to overtake the world. Who may “leave the light of truth on” for the wayfaring strangers to God? What will become of the once vibrant orchards where now we find only baskets of rotting apples?

    Only ONE knows the truthful answer.
    “If anyone has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15)
    Do we have eyes but fail to see? (Mark 8:18)
    Do we have a sense of smell to distinguish between the smell of death and the fragrance of life? (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)
    Are our throats too dry and hoarse to ask for a drink of living water? (John 4:10- 14)
    Are we too bloated to hunger for living bread which has been given for the life of the world? (John 6:51)
    Are we too deafened and tossed by the storms wreaking havoc on our world to remember the One who stills them to a whisper? (Psalm 107:29)
    Are we too frightened by crouching tigers to take comfort in the rod and staff of The Lord our Shepherd? (Psalm 23)

    “For the law was given by Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17
    “The LORD is near to all who call on him; to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
    Let us come to Him while we may- to pray in truth or continue to suffer consequences.

    Larry S. Grubbs May, 2020

  • Diane Rowlands

    05/05/2020 12:18 PM

    I read where Lisa Page is suing Trump for some remarks he said about her. I hope she loses. Flynn should sue Page and Strozk.

  • Diane Rowlands

    05/05/2020 12:14 PM

    I hope the government helps Flynn financially for all of this.This whole mess is terrible.

  • rodney burke

    05/05/2020 12:11 PM

    yep Mike, Wray has demonstrated over two years he is complicit with whatever is going on that is illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional. he is NOT a man of integrity OR character. I am getting conflicting reports on him. Bongino says, he is useless another source says he is a sleeper. Doesn't seem to be sleeping to me, seems to be obstructing at every turn. And his comments about Devin Nunez I find VERY offensive. There are whole bunch of us who need a ball pean hammer. (sp) on some body parts to get him moving. he didn't impress me as a man who gets the job done from the start and it is now confirmed. He and the rest of the mob have far too much to hide for him to be a white hat. He's the villain, IMO until he proves otherwise. The Flynn case was a monumental screw up from the start and now that it's all coming out? All because they thought Hilary would win. What a bunch of bumbling, arrogant idiots!

  • Lloyd Richardson

    05/05/2020 11:59 AM

    Ho! Ho! Wray gotta go! Without prosecutions (and conviections!), the American people will never believe the FBI or DOJ again, not in our lifetimes.

  • Ronald Danehower

    05/05/2020 11:49 AM

    It is amazing what has happened under the Democrats time in office !! People have to have lost their minds or their completely stupid these days ! I guess they don't know any better or That is how they have been programmed !!
    I would like to meet with you some time and see what you think about what might be going on
    with the VA and get your ideas !! IT'S very troubling and I am very concerned !! I can't believe what's going ! I need your ideas !! THANKS for all of the up dated information & comments !
    My Cell is 479-841-4540 ! We live in Benton , just off of I-30 & Hwy 5 N less than 1/4 mile !!!
    Behind Bank of the Ozarks about 5 Blocks !! Thanks !

  • Billie

    05/05/2020 11:49 AM

    Thanks for getting the truth out. How can anyone vote for democrats. Billie

  • Nina Lockard

    05/05/2020 11:47 AM

    Let me correct my own self. He should hire someone as FBI Director whom he knows is impartial and and a straight shooter like Barr. Hiring someone who supports him is not the issue and is not ethical, I suppose. Just no one from the swamp for pete's sakes!

  • Nina Lockard

    05/05/2020 11:44 AM

    I started commenting on Trump's FB page from the day he put in Wray that he should be fired. I don't know who recommends these people to him. Hopefully, he is learning that he has to hire people whom he "knows" are his supporters. My other comment since I live in Alabama, and we have a run-off in July between Tuberville and Sessions is now that all this had been found by Barr, it just reinforces the reason NOT to re-elect Sessions! Once again, where was he?

  • AL WOIDECK

    05/05/2020 11:43 AM

    Michael Flynn would be my choice to replace FBI Director Christopher Wray.

  • Peggy S Nelson

    05/05/2020 11:33 AM

    Thanks, I count on your post to keep me updated on what is going on in the world. Watching the news is always slanted to who is reporting according to their views. I appreciate your honesty.

  • Kay DeWitt

    05/05/2020 11:33 AM

    Mike, I take it that you....ahem....are filing all this info on corruption ON this story.
    ....and all the other stories of corruption...SO THAT, when all the facts of proof are in, YOU ARE GOING TO GET ON FOX NEWS AND PREACH A SERMON WHEREBY YOU STATE THAT:

    If any American (be he a Republican or a Democrat) wants their country to have ANY semblance to that which used to DEFINE America....that which enabled it to be called "ONE Nation UNDER God"....the "UNITED States of America" ....the "Land of the FREE" .....then any American has no choice but TO vote for President Trump to be re-elected AND that there are God-fearing people LIKE yourself who are supporting Trump because you...and they... don't want America TO lose the identity that made you love this country!

  • Linda Orf

    05/05/2020 11:27 AM

    I can think of a few congressmen or women that should replace Mr Wray....

  • Jacqueline Ceccorulli

    05/05/2020 11:25 AM

    Evidently this article does not coincide with the headline "here we go with Michelle O". I wish the Obamas would just go AWAY, they are very scary people and I firmly believe he was ILLEGALLY in charge for 8 years. The Democratic party is going to run her in four years, mark my words, Mike.

  • Robin Rebhan

    05/05/2020 11:24 AM

    I think " Boss Hog " on the Dukes Of Hazard had more integrity than the FBI.
    We laughed at Boss Hog, but what the FBI was/is doing isn't funny. There are some really serious Constitutional and criminal issues at stake here. The FBI has been weaponized for progressive political purposes.
    If I were a defense attorney who had any cases where my client was found guilty based on any testimony or evidence presented by or involved any of these guys in the FBI or DOJ I'd be filing for mistrial in a heartbeat.
    I've said this before. Where were the whistle blowers? Could it be that this corruption was so wide spread that there not one single honest person in the DOJ or FBI that could stand up and come forward saying that this was wrong and criminal? And was there not one single honest member of the Democratic Party that could have come forward? The silence is deafening!
    Winston Churchill was right. " The truth is so valuable that is is surrounded by a bodyguard of lies".
    And my Father thought the " McCarthy Hearings " in the 50's was bad.

  • jack macdonald

    05/05/2020 11:20 AM

    I think it is pretty obvious that Wray is as corrupt as the others. Someone must have some dirt on him and have advised him that he had better not be cooperative with inquiries. The person or persons who recommended Wray for this position need to be looked at as well. Since anyone in the top ranks of the FBI were Comey's people the all needed to go if there was to be a housecleaning. Obviously, Wray didn't subscribe to a housecleaning. It would have had to start with him. Why would it take 2 years to figure this guy isn't up to the job and is still there to protect Obama?

  • Melinda Long

    05/05/2020 11:20 AM

    how can these people continue to get away with all the horror and lies!!?? this must be brought to justice as the time is running out!

  • Rita hendershot

    05/05/2020 11:19 AM

    Thanks, keep telling the truth, so few do

  • Andrea Helen Eckert Watters

    05/05/2020 11:17 AM

    How can we tell Mr. Trump that he needs to replace Wray in the FBI and put in someone who will support Trump? [Or at least won't throw blocks in his way?]

  • Charles Simmons

    05/05/2020 11:03 AM

    Justice delayed is justice denied ...

  • Wayne Hilchen

    05/05/2020 11:00 AM

    Who can trust the FBI after reading the update in this column? It appears to be an enemy of the people. And, why does it take so long to make changes. If Wray continues his inaction and obvious stalling why is he still around?

  • LAWRENCE F BONI

    05/05/2020 10:56 AM

    I HAVE NO FAITH IN THE FBI , THEY HAVE BEEN CROOKED UNDER MUELLER TO AND INCLUDING UNDER WRAY . THEY HAVE BEEN ACTING MORE LIKE THE GESTAPO. MANY OF THEM BELONG IN JAIL. MUELLER WAS CROOKED WHEN HE WAS THE U.S. ATTY IN BOSTON HIS WHOLE TEAM WHEN HE WAS INVESTIGATING TRUMP BELONGS IN JAIL

  • Diane Skinner

    05/05/2020 10:56 AM

    Wray has to go. Time to clean house!