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Grassley: Flynn Was Entrapped, Other Shoes To Drop With The Durham Investigation

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Thursday said there likely will be prosecutions in the fallout from Russiagate abuses. Grassley said on FOX News' 'Special Report' that Michael Flynn was entrapped and this would not have been exposed without the work of Attorney General Bill Barr.

"He was entrapped," Grassley told host Bret Baier. "Entrapment is unconstitutional. It's a violation of your due process. Secondly, this thing would not be exposed if it hadn't been for Barr taking the bull by the horns and knowing something was wrong and going in and knowing where things were wrong, how to straighten it out. We haven't heard the end of Bill Barr's good work because everything that's going on with the Durham investigation is another example of still other shoes to drop."

"A lot of people are telling me that there should be prosecutions because of this," Grassley said. "Maybe there should be people prosecuted. But the most important thing about this is that a person has been given justice."

"In addition to his justice, the fact that we're getting all of this information out that was previously held secret, so this doesn't happen to some innocent person in the future, any American. If it can happen to a general, just think what can happen to the average citizen. So the exposure of this activity at the top of the FBI and even with collusion within the Justice Department, it's a good thing it's being exposed," the Senator said.

Ask if there will be more shoes to drop that will shock Americans, Grassley said: "Not in regard to just Flynn's part of it but in regard to Russiagate and in regard to FBI influence and malpractice and also in regard to a lot of FISA things, yes, I think there's more shoes to drop and I think there will be prosecutions."

SEN. CHARLES GRASSLEY (R-IOWA): It should have happened weeks ago. Maybe even months ago. It's outrageous the way he has been treated. You spoke about his being an outstanding general. And a lot of this looks like it just happened because Trump was president. Actually I think there were people in the previous administration after him because he knew what was going on inside the intelligence community and if he got to be National Security Advisor for President Trump, he'd know where the bodies are buried and he would make changes.

I think that they saw that as a real threat. Things that have been happening, you ought to have those threats hanging out there. If I could just make one point before you asked me again, a lot of people are telling me that there should be prosecutions because of this. Maybe there should be people prosecuted. But the most important thing about this is that a person has been given justice.

In addition to his justice, the fact that we're getting all of this information out that was previously held secret, so this doesn't happen to some innocent person in the future, any American. If it can happen to a general, just think what can happen to the average citizen. So the exposure of this activity at the top of the FBI and even with collusion within the Justice Department, it's a good thing it's being exposed.

BRET BAIER, SPECIAL REPORT: Senator, here's what Democrats say. They say he lied to FBI agents. Adam Schiff tweeted: "Pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his illicit Russian contact. His lies do not now become truths. The dismissal does not exonerate him. But it does incriminate Bill Barr. In the worst politicization of the Justice Department and its history." Your reaction.

GRASSLEY: First of all, he was entrapped. Entrapment is unconstitutional. It's a violation of your due process. Secondly, this thing would not be exposed if it hadn't been for Barr taking the bull by the horns and knowing something was wrong and going in and knowing where things were wrong, how to straighten it out. We haven't heard the end of Bill Barr's good work because everything that's going on with the Durham investigation is another example of still other shoes to drop.

BAIER: When do you think that's coming, Senator?

GRASSLEY: I think it will be in the next two or three months.

BAIER: Two or three months. What do you expect to see from that?

GRASSLEY: No. If you're asking me, do I know for sure, no. It's my guess. I think we would've had things out before except things like this exculpatory information that's come out about Flynn, that's things maybe that Durham didn't know about. When he gets new evidence, you've got a follow where it leads you and I think that's extended his investigations and possible prosecution of people who did things wrong.

BAIER: Senator, today, a rare event, we have the acting Director of National Intelligence, Ric Grenell, showing up the DOJ with documents we are told. We have video of him arriving there. You called yesterday for these transcripts to be released. Now tonight the transcripts are being released. What do you think we'll see inside there as we're going through piece by piece of all of these 53 interviews?

GRASSLEY: I obviously don't know but I have a team of investigators that are going to get into those 57 interviews and the thousands and thousands of pages and we're going to find out. But if there's ever anybody that needs a thank you for this transparency that brings accountability, it's Ambassador Grenell. Because I have never seen anybody so aggressive in seeing abuse of overclassifications to to get things declassified, and I've had things held up by the intelligence community for at least two years, until he got in there and he knew that I was right and I was entitled to that information. The American people were entitled to that information, and we got it within a day after he looked into it as we asked them to.

BAIER: Last thing, Senator, just real quickly. Do you think that there are more shoes to drop in the beginning of this investigation that will shock Americans?

GRASSLEY: Not in regard to just Flynn's part of it but in regard to Russiagate and in regard to FBI influence and malpractice and also in regard to a lot of FISA things, yes, I think there's more shoes to drop and I think there will be prosecutions.



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