New Docs Suggest FBI Wanted to Drop Case Against Flynn Until Strzok Intervened

Kyle Cheney, Congress reporter for Politico tweeted Thursday:

JUST IN: New FLYNN documents show the FBI had drafted a document to formally close the case against him on 1/4. But 20 minutes after it circulated, STRZOK and other agents put the brakes on it.

The document shows the FBI repeatedly turned to other agencies/sources for any info on Flynn’s activities that might show “derogatory” info re: connections to Russia. They came up empty but for what a source described as a questionable cab/train ride.

Important to remember that Flynn calls with Kislyak were on 12/29/16, six days before FBI decided against closing the case. Timeline on when intercepts filtered through to the FBI is unclear.

Breitbart reports new documents suggest that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had drafted a document dropping the case against incoming National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) — until agent Peter Strzok intervened.

The documents are emerging as the result of efforts by Flynn’s defense team to obtain exculpatory information from the prosecution to which they are legally entitled. Flynn’s former lawyers at Covington and Burling, who encouraged him to accept a plea deal with the Department of Justice, neglected to turn over thousands of pages of documents to the new team. It is not clear whether the FBI files are also among the Covington documents.

The documents include text messages from Strzok to another agent urging that agent not to close the case. Strzok infamously texted FBI lawyer Lisa Page about their mutual dislike of Trump and his supporters, and talked about an “insurance policy” they would pursue in the unlikely event that Trump won the 2016 election. Strzok was later reassigned away from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into “Russia collusion” after his anti-Trump bias was discovered in the text messages. (No such “collusion” was ever found.)

Notably, the memorandum to close the investigation into Flynn — for allegedly violating the Logan Act, an archaic law preventing private citizens from conducting public diplomacy — was dated January 4, 2017.

Then-President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, and other senior officials met with then-FBI Director James Comey the next day (Jan. 5), to give him instructions as to how he should brief President-elect Trump the following day (Jan. 6) about the FBI’s Russia investigation. Comey was instructed to tell Trump specifically about the salacious accusations in the Steele dossier, which were false and uncorroborated.