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Judiciary Committee requests docs about Mike Flynn from the Department of Justice

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (L) (R-IA) confers with ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (R) (D-CA) during the Senate Judiciary Committee's 'markup' on the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General of the U.S. January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. The nomination of Sessions to be the next Attorney General has been complicated by the recent firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates by U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Senate Judiciary Committee is asking for documents related to the Michael Flynn resignation from the Department of Justice Wednesday, as well as a briefing about the circumstances of the debacle.

"We request that individuals with specific knowledge of these issues from both the FBI and Justice Department brief Committee Members and staff," read a letter from Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

"These reports raise substantial questions about the content and context of Mr. Flynn’s discussions with Russian officials," it continued, "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."

From the Hill:

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.

Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told reporters that he expected General Flynn would need to testify before the committee about his resignation.

Retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn retired from his position on Trump's administration as national security advisor after leaks showed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about communications he had with a Russian ambassador before the election. While some have said the scandal was a "cover up without a crime," others are speculating that the odd actions by Flynn are covering up misdeeds by himself or other members of the administration.

Very soon after the Flynn resignation, the New York Times dropped another bombshell, saying that he wasn't the only administration official to have interacted with Russian officials before the election. Meanwhile, other reports point to Obama officials and loyalists orchestrating a secret effort against Flynn for the sake of protecting the former president's legacy in the Iran Nuclear Deal.

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