With a smirk, sneaky James Comey recently announced how he tricked Retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn into “lying to the FBI.” Just four days (1/24/17)after Trump was inaugurated Comey sent two FBI agents to the White House for a “friendly chat” with Flynn. They told him that he did not need an attorney because he was not a target or suspect.
In fact, the Obama Administration had been spying on General Flynn for years*. He was a target long before President Trump appointed him NSA Advisor. Giddy with excitement at this opportunity to take down Trump, they rushed over to interview Flynn and purposefully did not read him his Miranda Rights.** They did not want him to know that they were laying a trap for him,which they hoped would hurt the Trump Administration.
In a lengthy court filing Tuesday, attorneys for Flynn showed how now-fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe pushed Flynn not to have an attorney present during the questioning. They set a trap that ultimately led to Flynn’s“guilty plea” on a single charge of lying to federal authorities.
CLINTON EMAIL INVESTIGATION WAS HANDLED MUCH DIFFERENTLY
The court document outlines, with striking new details, the rapid sequence of events that led to Flynn’s sudden fall from the Trump Administration.The filing also demonstrates that the FBI took a significantly more aggressive tack in handling the Flynn interview than it did during any other similar matters, including the agency’s sit-downs with Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators.
While Flynn is among several Trump associates to have been charged with making false statements as part of the Russia probe, no one interviewed during the FBI’s Clinton emaill investigation was hit with false statement charges even though investigators believed many witnesses lied.
JUDGE SULLIVAN SMELLS A RAT
Court documents filed by Flynn’s attorneys reveal for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple 302 interview summaries of Flynn’s questioning by fired, disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok and another agent. When the presiding judge, Emmet G. Sullivan, discovered that, he ordered Mueller’s Team to file with the court any& all 302 reports or memorandum relevant to Flynn’s interview.
Mueller’s sentencing memo dropped a bombshell. In Footnote 23 it was revealed that the agents’ 302 summary of Flynn’s interview was dated August 22, 2017. That puts the 302 report a full seven months after the Flynn interview. FBI agents are required to file their 302 reports within days of conducting an interview.
Moreover, there appears to be at least two 302 reports from Flynn’s interview: One written in February, 2017 and referenced by Strzok, as well as the belated August report.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe (who was fired earlier this year for making unauthorized media leaks & violating FBI policy) wrote in a memorandum that shortly after noon on Jan. 24, 2017, he called Flynn on his secure line at the White House. The two briefly discussed an unrelated FBI training session at the White House. Quickly, McCabe turned the conversation into a potential interview.
“I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between [Flynn] and the agents only,” McCabe wrote. “I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting,like the White House Counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. [General Flynn] stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants.”
Explaining why Flynn was not warned about the possible consequences of making false statements, one of the agents wrote in the 302 that FBI brass had “decided the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport.”
According to the submitted 302 report, Flynn was “relaxed and jocular” as he gave the agents a “little tour”of his West Wing office. (McCabe testified that the agents, after speaking with Flynn, “didn’t think he was lying” at the time.)
In his report on FBI & DOJ misconduct during the Russia and Clinton probes, the Inspector General noted that Strzok had compromised the FBI’s appearance of impartiality by sending a slew of anti-Trump texts on his government-issued phone. Appearance? Hell, this was a well-thought-out plan to take down a Constitutionally-elected president.
General Flynn, who will be age 60 on Christmas Eve, is a 33-year Army veteran with a distinguished service record. For being a Trump supporter, the Deep State has forced him to sell his house to pay attorney fees, and put him on the edge of bankruptcy.
Merry Christmas, General Flynn & thank you for your service to our nation. Normal Americans are so sorry the Deep State did this to you.
Diane L. Gruber
*The FBI & DOJ has yet to reveal why they were spying on Flynn even before he became a Trump advisor, nor have they filed any charges against him stemming from that investigation.
**”You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you by the court. With these rights in mind, are you still willing to talk with me about the charges against you?” In the 1966 case Miranda v Arizona the US Supreme Court ruled that a suspect must be read this statement before any law enforcement agency questions him.