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Ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks during a congressional hearing. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Top Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray on Monday demanding he review his agency's handling of its investigation into Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Sources familiar with the document tell Axios the letter is a direct rebuke of Wray, and that it reflects a growing frustration among congressional Republicans who question whether he can be trusted to expose what they see as a corrupt FBI.

Between the lines: The letter — written by ranking member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), one of Trump's fiercest defenders, and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) — also casts doubt on Wray's motives for not disclosing what they describe as "the FBI's misconduct," and questions whether he and other top FBI officials intentionally "prevented or delayed the disclosure of additional exculpatory information" regarding Flynn.

  • "Conservatives really feel like Wray blew the entire Michael Flynn saga, and many on the right want heads to roll," a House GOP aide told Axios.

Details ... The six-page letter demands that Wray:

  • Turn over all documents and communications relating to the FBI's investigation into Flynn.
  • Explain when Wray "personally first learned of the FBI’s misconduct" with respect to Flynn.
  • Explain why the public "is learning of the FBI’s misconduct with respect to LTG Flynn from court filings rather than from you."
  • Explain whether Wray and the FBI’s senior leadership were involved in keeping this information hidden.
  • The deadline to turn over these documents is May 18,

The big picture: The letter comes as Trump himself is turning on Wray, who he hand-selected to lead the FBI after firing former director James Comey.

  • Trump would love to replace Wray, three sources who've discussed the matter with the president tell Axios' Jonathan Swan, and private and public pressure is building among several of the president's allies.
  • But Trump has been deferring to Attorney General Bill Barr and is unlikely to remove Wray before the election, these sources said.

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FBI director Wray warns of China election interference

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FBI Director Christopher Wray and other intelligence community officials warned about China’s increased capability to interfere in U.S. elections in separate classified hearings with the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, two sources familiar with the hearings tell Axios.

What we're hearing: Wray and other officials cited concerns that China is developing the ability to interfere with local election systems and target members of Congress to influence China policy, the sources said.

Democrats' hypocrisy moment

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be facing explicit calls to resign from President Biden on down, if you apply the standard that Democrats set for similar allegations against Republicans. And it's not a close call.

Why it matters: The #MeToo moment saw men in power run out of town for exploiting young women. Democrats led the charge. So the silence of so many of them seems more strange — and unacceptable by their own standards — by the hour.

Police officers' immunity from lawsuits is getting a fresh look

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nearly a year after the death of George Floyd, advocates of changes in police practices are launching new moves to limit or eliminate legal liability protections for officers accused of excessive force.

Why it matters: Revising or eliminating qualified immunity — the shield police officers have now — could force officers accused of excessive force to personally face civil penalties in addition to their departments. But such a change could intensify a nationwide police officer shortage, critics say. 

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