Lindsey Graham: Senate to Invite Michael Flynn to Testify on Trump-Russia Case
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee to give Flynn chance to tell story
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has revealed he is planning to invite former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify on his experience of being swept up in the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation.
"We will be pursuing the Flynn investigation and try to explain how it got so off the rails, starting with offering Gen. Flynn a chance to come to the committee and tell the country what it was like to go through this," the South Carolina Republican said.
In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the US.
He later declared his innocence and argued he was set up by the FBI.
On Thursday, the DOJ said it was dropping the criminal case against Flynn, abandoning a prosecution.
Bombshell FBI documents showed Flynn was set up by disgraced Buerea officials.
The DOJ said it was dropping the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.”
Handwritten notes by FBI officials showed their goal was “to get [Flynn] to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
President Donald Trump described Flynn as “an innocent man,” “a great gentleman.”
“He was targeted by the Obama administration, and he was targeted in order to try and take down a president,” Trump said.
“And I hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price, because they’re dishonest, crooked people."
"They’re scum, and I say it a lot, they’re scum, they’re human scum. This should never have happened in this country.”
Lindsey Graham says he’s going to invite Flynn to testify to his committee as soon as the case is dropped pic.twitter.com/J3PnyAfwzl— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 8, 2020
Last month, Graham said Flynn's case reeked “of criminal misconduct."
Graham added there was a lot more coming relating to criminal investigations.
“Yeah, there’s more coming,” Graham said.
“It’s pretty apparent to me that General Flynn was a victim of an out-of-control Department of Justice," Graham said.
Last year, former FBI Director James Comey admitted Flynn's interview did not follow standard protocol.
Comey said at the time:
“If the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would work through the White House counsel, and there would be discussions and approvals and who would be there."
Comey added, “I thought: ‘It’s early enough, let’s just send a couple guys over.’”