FBI Implicated in Misconduct Allegations
A decision was reached today in the case of fmr. National Security Adviser and ret. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn. The embattled Lt. General has been exonerated following a series of documents given to Flynn’s new attorney, Sidney Powell, including a handwritten note by a senior FBI official asking, “What’s our goal? Truth/admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”
An alternative to the case for lying was apparently to get Flynn to admit violating the Logan Act. From Fox News, April 30: “’If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ + have them decide,’ another note read. Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley called the document’s implications ‘chilling.’”
From an op-ed in The Hill, also on April 30, Jonathan Turley had this to say: “In his role as the national security adviser to the president elect, there was nothing illegal in Flynn meeting with Kislyak. To use this abusive law here was utterly absurd, although other figures such as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates also raised it. Nevertheless, the FBI had latched onto this abusive law to target the retired Army lieutenant general.”
Flynn Cleared in Crossfire Razor Investigation
Other documents revealed the FBI’s intent to close the case against Flynn, clearing him of charges in an investigation they called “Crossfire Razor.” From a Sol Weisenberg op-ed for Fox News on May 4: “The documents made public last week show that Flynn had already been completely cleared in the Crossfire Razor investigation by Jan. 4, 2017. A draft closing communication was prepared on that date by the Crossfire Razor team, but the decision to close the file had been made well before then. Such a draft closing communication would never have been commenced unless the case agents had received prior approval from their FBI supervisor.”
The case was ordered kept open by Peter Strzok, disgraced FBI Deputy Asst. Director of Counterintelligence, after he was surprised to learn it had not been closed when it should have. Strzok was caught bragging that their incompetence in keeping the file open actually helped them to his lover, Lisa Page, legal counsel to then Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. These and other documents had been kept from Flynn’s lawyers by DoJ officials, as well as Flynn’s former counsel, according to Powell. This revelation prompted Flynn to attempt to withdraw the plea of guilty he entered in an effort to protect his son from unjust charges of violating the Logan Act.
Michael Flynn: Documents Inadvertently Missed?
All of this was brought about by a revelation from Covington and Burling in which they claimed to have found thousands of pages “inadvertently missed” in the process of turning records over to Sidney Powell. From Law.com: “In a court filing, Flynn’s former lawyers at Covington said they had discovered the records as they prepared to respond to the retired Army general’s allegation that the firm provided him with ineffective counsel. Flynn has criticized Covington’s representation of him amid his bid to withdraw his 2017 guilty plea, in which he admitted to lying to the FBI about his past communications with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.”
This should not surprise anyone who knows Eric Holder is a board member at Covington and Burling. From Sharyl Attkisson: “Flynn used to be represented by Covington & Burling, a firm that included prominent political figures such as former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, former Obama Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, and former Bush Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff.” Given these facts, it is not really all that shocking to find thousands of exculpatory documents had been withheld.
This and other findings by the John Durham investigative probe into the entire Russian collusion scheme prompted US attorney Jeff Jensen to recommend a dismissal of the case last week, formalized this week. Jensen had this to say: “Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case. I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”
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