Clip from 2018 of former FBI Director James Comey bragging about the FBI skipping the usual heads-up to the White House Counsel’s Office about the interview with Flynn, a courtesy that surely would’ve ensured that Flynn couldn’t be tricked. (Time stamp 14:33 to 15:46):
With the latest revelation, the FBI’s “Russiagate” investigation now stands exposed as worse than amateurish — and more like a search-and-destroy mission.
Destroy the Trump administration, that is — not actual US enemies.
Lawyers for ex-Gen. Michael Flynn released just-unsealed documents that suggest the FBI abused its power to take out President Trump’s first national security adviser.
Two FBI agents interviewed Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017, just days after the inauguration. The claim that he’d lied to those agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador triggered a Beltway fury that forced him to quit, ending his career.
Late that year, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements in the meeting, though he’s now trying to withdraw his plea.
He clearly has reason to. The latest: Ahead of the meeting, Bill Priestap, then FBI head of counterintelligence, worked on a game plan. “What’s our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” go his handwritten notes.
“Get him fired?” The mere fact that this seemed a possible goal is damning — especially since the meeting plainly was an ambush: The FBI skipped the usual heads-up to the White House Counsel’s Office about the interview, a courtesy that surely would’ve ensured that Flynn couldn’t be tricked.
Then-FBI chief Jim Comey is even on tape, publicly bragging about that trick.
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