Judiciary Committee Leaders Request Justice Dept. Briefing, Documents Following Resignation of National Security Advisor
Feb 15, 2017
WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today requested a Justice Department briefing and documents related to the circumstances leading up to the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. In a letter today to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey the senators are seeking details related to the content of General Flynn’s reported communications with Russian officials, the Justice Department’s response, and potential leaks of classified material.
Full text of the letter follows:
February 15, 2017
VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION
The Honorable Jeff Sessions
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530
The Honorable James B. Comey, Jr.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Dear Attorney General Sessions and Director Comey:
We are writing to request a briefing for the Judiciary Committee during the week of the 27th regarding the circumstances that led to the recent resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. According to media reports, both the FBI and the Justice Department were involved. These reports raise substantial questions about the content and context of Mr. Flynn’s discussions with Russian officials, the conclusions reached by the Justice Department and the actions it took in response, as well as possible leaks of classified information by current and former government employees.
Accordingly, we request that individuals with specific knowledge of these issues from both the FBI and Justice Department brief Committee Members and staff. We similarly request copies of the transcripts of Mr. Flynn’s intercepted calls and the FBI report summarizing the intercepted calls referenced in the media. We anticipate that some of these documents may be classified, some may not, and others may contain both classified and unclassified information. Please deliver any documents containing classified information to the Office of Senate Security and provide all unclassified documents directly to the Committee. If you have any specific requests with regard to the Committee’s handling of unclassified material, please raise those with us in advance.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter. Should you have any questions, please contact Patrick Davis of Chairman Grassley’s Committee staff at (202) 224-5225, or Heather Sawyer of Ranking Member Feinstein’s Committee staff at (202) 224-7703.
Charles E. Grassley Dianne Feinstein
Chairman Ranking Member
Committee on the Judiciary Committee on the Judiciary