The Senate Judiciary Committee wants the Justice Department to hand over details on Michael Flynn's resignation as President Trump's national security adviser.
Sens. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAnother voice of reason retires Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — FDA moves to sell hearing aids over-the-counter McConnell: GOP should focus on future, not 'rehash' 2020 MORE (R-Iowa) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein Ban on new offshore drilling must stay in the Build Back Better Act Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Jane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California MORE (D-Calif.) — the top two members on the committee — sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE and FBI Director James Comey asking for a briefing and documents tied to Flynn's resignation.
"We request that individuals with specific knowledge of these issues from both the FBI and Justice Department brief Committee Members and staff," they wrote in the letter.
They added that they also want copies of the transcript of Flynn's "intercepted calls and the FBI report summarizing the intercepted calls referenced in the media."
The senators are asking that the briefing occur after lawmakers return from the week-long Presidents' Day recess.
They added that their request for a closed-door meeting stems from reports that DOJ and the FBI were involved in the lead-up to Flynn's resignation. The DOJ reportedly warned the White House that Flynn may be vulnerable to blackmail by Russia.
"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," Grassley and Feinstein wrote.
Top GOP senators said this week that they also expect the Intelligence Committee to fold Flynn's resignation into its ongoing investigation of Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.
Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntIt's time to make access to quality kidney care accessible and equitable for all Hartzler pulls in 6,000 for Missouri Senate bid with .65M on hand McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE (R-Mo.) — a member of the Intelligence Committee — told reporters that it is "likely" Flynn will be called to testify before the committee.
Flynn resigned on Monday night amid reports that he discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador before Trump's inauguration and then misled White House officials about the content of the calls.