Former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor, who authored an op-ed vowing resistance to President Trump, appears to have been a key witness in the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn, two Republican senate chairman said Monday.
GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley, Iowa, and Ron Johnson, Wisconsin, cited a newly-declassified May 2017 Justice Department document summarizing the FBI’s efforts in its Russian collusion probe.
The 11-page, heavily redacted document names Mr. Taylor as a witness in the Flynn investigation, but doesn’t explain the FBI’s interest in him or his connection to Flynn, who briefly served as President Trump’s national security adviser.
Former FBI Director James Comey wrote the document as briefing notes detailing the Flynn probe. Flynn pleaded guilty twice to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. He later recanted his guilty plea and professed his innocence.
“Based on Miles Taylor interview + open source reporting, considering an interview of former CIA Director James Woolsey,” the document states.
“Witness interview of Miles Taylor, mentioned in the FARA documents, indicated Flynn Intel Group’s involvement with a late 2016 Turkey-related briefing to the now-National Security Adviser to the Vice President,” the document says.
Mr. Grassely, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and Mr. Johnson, who chairs the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said the Justice Department needs to explain Mr. Taylor’s possible role in the Flynn probe.
They have asked Attorney General William P. Barr for a briefing and further declassify the document’s redaction portions. The senators have also asked for all records related to the Taylor interview.
Mr. Taylor, now a paid CNN contributor, admitted last month that he was the disgruntled staffer who penned the September 2018 op-ed in The New York Times assailing Mr. Trump. He followed up the op-ed with a June 2019 anonymous book, “A Warning.”
The Trump administration has dismissed Mr. Taylor as a “low-level” aide and “a liar and coward.”
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