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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  • Gloria OROARK

    09/30/2020 12:11 PM

    Will the corruption ever end?
    Thanks for the info.

  • Doug Koelfgen

    05/13/2020 11:45 AM

    This judge should be impeached for trying to politicize a case in his court.

  • Vicki Jugo-Litiatco

    05/11/2020 05:19 PM

    As usual, succinctly said!!! Thank you for never short-changing your readers/followers,
    Gov.! God bless!

  • Georgia Haridopolos

    05/09/2020 03:41 PM

    Clear and concise, as I always state. Thanks.

  • Anita Ward

    05/08/2020 01:21 AM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for telling the truth!
    As far as Wray, I believe he is just as guilty as the other lures in the swamp. If he was innocent, he would have been forthcoming a couple of years ago. I believe he was so wrapped up in the lies and underhanded dealings that he thought he could just hide what he knew and never be exposed for what he is, an embarrassment to the honorable men and women in the FBI and very dishonorable! I will be so glad when everything is exposed! It saddens me that some people who are actually intelligent cannot or will not see the truth when it is finally exposed. Thankfully many of us could see what has been happening for years by the power hungry dirty swamp creatures, A.K.A many senators and representatives. Will continue to pray for all of the truth to be told and will pray for President Trump, his family and all of the honest people In government positions to be successful and for America to be blessed!

  • Carol Butler

    05/06/2020 02:08 AM

    I do not know how other Americans feel about the FBI, but I feel that the people in trusted leadership positions there have traded the trust that was given to them for the opportunity to betray this nation. As I see it, a group of overpaid and overrated criminals have worked very hard to unseat the President of these United States. Since when do we not call those people traitors? My hope is that the language used lately to describe their behavior will begin to honestly portray the seriousness of the dastardly crimes they have committed.

  • GILES PURVIS

    05/05/2020 09:54 PM

    I GUESS THE BIGEST PROBLEM WITH THE FBI LEADERSHIP IS THE QULAIFCATIONS. I'M SURE THERE MUST BE SOME HARD WORKING FULLY DEDICATED AGENTS WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, IN THE TRUE LEGAL WORK THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT, THAT HAVE ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR BEING A PROPER LEADER OF THE ORGNIZATION. STRICT DEDICATION TO THE LAW IS PARAMOUNT FOR THIS POSITION. BUT IT IS USUALLY A POLITICAL APPOINTMENT SO TRUE JUSTICE IS USUALLY IN JEOPARDY. WHATS BEEN GOING ON IN GOVERNMENT IS UNREAL TO ME. I.M AT THE TAIL END OF THE GREATEST GENERATION AND MY MILITARY EXPERIENCE TAUGHT ME THAT IN ORDER TO ADVANCE IN RANK AND POSITION I WAS REQUIRED TO KNOW ABOUT AND BE DEDICATED TO MY WORK. THINGS HAVE CHANGED ALOT. I'M A TRUMP SUPORTER. HE IS NOT A POLOTICIAN, HE IS A BUSINESS MAN AND KNOWS HOW TO GET THINGS DONE. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT TAKEING THE OATH TO FULFILL YOUR DUTIES IN CONGRESS HAS LITTLE MEANING NOW. I READ ALL OF YOUR INFORMATION MIKE BUT NOT VERY GOOD AT COMMENTING SO YOU WON'T HEAR MUCH FROM ME. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  • Stephen H Ruble

    05/05/2020 09:51 PM

    Wray when confirmed in the senate, had that same smug look when strouck had when he was lying to the committee. I told my wife that who ever told Pres Trump to nominate Wray he ought to fire him immediately. The proof is in is Wray's inactions. He is trying to cover up for Federal Bureau of Idiots instead of reforming them.

  • Kevin J. Cook

    05/05/2020 05:57 PM

    90+ of our Deep State Dept and “Intelligence” cabal voted for Crooked Hellary. They are America haters and have no respect for We the People. Give Trump four more years we may I pray reclaim our divine destiny!

  • DANNIE SMITH

    05/05/2020 05:47 PM

    Wray must be replaced Immediately with someone of exceptionally strong Will and Character from OUTSIDE of the FBI Ranks. This is VERY IMPORTANT..... Someone without "TIES to the LIES" who will be FULLY COMMITTED to CLEANING HOUSE in the FBI ! The only way to EVER regain lost CREDIBILITY for this Department......

  • Ruby Howell

    05/05/2020 05:42 PM

    Very interesting article. I think all this false evidence should be enough to release Flynn. Also have you investigate the matter of the person investigating The Clinton Foundation was found dead? With all the underhanded things that the Clinton's have done this would be good to check out.

  • Mary Meyer

    05/05/2020 05:27 PM

    Wray needs to be fired like yesterday. Get it done ASAP!

  • Sherry Stone

    05/05/2020 04:00 PM

    Great article! I think that President Trump should appoint General Flynn as head of the FBI. Wouldn’t that be poetic justice?

  • Jim marcum

    05/05/2020 03:50 PM

    I can’t stand the little snotty bastard, always acts tough talking about the hard working men of the FBI. You ain’t one of them pussy .

  • Mona Rood

    05/05/2020 03:44 PM

    I hope that General Flynn sue's the FBI and each individual that was involved with this scandal. No one should ever have to go thru what he went thru for political reasons. And you are right, Christopher Wray NEEDS TO BE FIRED.....He does nothing......

  • Carl "T" Smith

    05/05/2020 03:34 PM

    Trump was warned by no other than Chuckles Schumer about messing with the "Intelligence" Agencies because they can mess you over 9 ways from Sunday. Maybe it's Past time to just draining the Swamp--How about We the People Blow up the whole Outhouse up and start over??

  • Cody U Watson Jr

    05/05/2020 03:29 PM

    Wasnt it the Obama administration that promised transparency? Anyway Wray should be replaced. Reminds me to ask what was Sessions doing as AG head of the DOJ?

  • George Murrey

    05/05/2020 03:17 PM

    As Pres Trump has stated, it's time to drain the swamp. First up, Wray, then watch the rest of the "rats" run for cover.

  • Giovanni Catanese

    05/05/2020 03:04 PM

    I believe the president should fire FBI director Wray because of the egregious wrongdoings of some of the highest officials, if not the highest by his predecessor and more importantly because after the release of the IG report Wray only gave lip service as a remedy and also because he's covering up for 'his" colleagues. If the American People can resume trusting the FBI as an institution for justice and fairness those involved in trying to sabotage the president and Gen. Flynn, MUST be held accountable and sent to jail. Any other action will be unacceptable! Please pass to the president that he must get rid of any Obama & liberals in his administration ASAP! Emptying the swamp must begin there. And the next time the GOP wins the House, they must impeach and remove all the traitors within the walls of Congress. Under Obama, when the GOP controlled both houses of Congress, the Republicans were afraid to act because they feared being called racists ... and we know the legacy that Obama left ... that's one of the reasons I left the GOP and became an Independent Conservative. I fully support the president because he, contrary to Obama, now the really cares for America, its People, our Constitution, and way of life!

  • Marge Taylor

    05/05/2020 02:45 PM

    I was disappointed when President Trump picked Wray to be over the FBI. He should be fired immediately!

  • Vernon Thompson

    05/05/2020 02:39 PM

    I am represented by 3 useless Harry Reid clones - Sen. Rosen (D-NV), Sen Cortes Masto (D-NV), and Rep. Horsford (D-NV). I have posed the following questions on more than one occasion:

    As evidence continues to mount that there has been serious misconduct at the highest levels of our government, I need to know where you stand. There are two possible answers:

    1. As member of the "Resistance" will you continue to be part of the coverup of misdeeds?
    or
    2. Are you going to be part of the "Cleanup?

    I look forward to your answer!


    LOL Crickets!!!!!!!

  • alicia Cervera

    05/05/2020 02:30 PM

    Mr. Wray is one of the DEEP STATE ers. He's friends wih comey and strozck and Brennan and the rest of them, thats why he has stonewalled. PlEASE make him RESIGN!!!!!! He's part of the CABAL! and won't do anything to help out.

  • Janet Pingsotn

    05/05/2020 01:54 PM

    Since all phone conversations are recorded. Was Flynn's call to Runssia a return phone call ?
    Did Russia ask Flynn to call him ?

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/05/2020 12:42 PM

    For the sake of the country and Flynn I hope we get this done right and people pay....people that believe that they are above and better than the average regular American.

  • Roger abraham

    05/05/2020 12:41 PM

    Get rid of or prosecute Wray!