The news Wednesday on Lt. Gen Michael Flynn’s case was so monumental in laying out what the Trump White House has been dealing with for the last almost four years.
If you are not familiar with the Flynn case, I wrote a primer early last year on why this case was so important here.
In a nutshell, around Christmas 2016, the Obama administration cracked down on Russian nationals in the US and expelled many living outside Washington DC and in Glen Cove, NY working at the Russian compounds.
Russia’s ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the time reached out to Trump’s incoming National Security Advisor Flynn to get a read on the new administration’s stance on this move.
Remember, Obama had a little over three weeks left in office. So the dramatic expulsion of diplomats and staff seemed odd to most.
Well Obama’s intelligence staff picked up the call between Flynn and Kislyak, since the general was in the Dominican Republic on vacation with family. Some, including myself, have speculated that the expulsion was initiated to generate this conversation.
Fast forward a month later, Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI calls Gen. Flynn at the White House to say he’d like to send over two agents to have a discussion and that he hoped Flynn would meet with them that afternoon.
As an aside, Dan Bongino has video of ex-FBI Director James Comey jokingly telling an audience at the 92 St. Y in Dec. 2018 that the FBI did this quickly before any new Trump staff found their way to their offices. Clip begins at 11 minute mark.
“Normally the FBI would have to go through the White House legal team before it could talk to the staff,” Comey tells the auidence with a smile. On requesting such a quick meeting, Comey says “It’s something I would not have gotten away with from another organized administration.”
The FBI sent over Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka to take Flynn’s testimony. The FBI assured Flynn he did not need a lawyer, since this was an informal discussion.
This was no informal meeting since many of the top FBI officials were conspiring prior to it on how to orchestrate the whole thing.
On Wednesday redacted notes from thise FBI meetings were finally released showing the duplicity of the top officials. The notes from ex-FBI head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap leading up to the Flynn meeting are damning.
“What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” Priestap wrote.
“If we’re seen as playing games, WH will be furious,” the FBI official said. The list ended with a bullet point that said: “Protect our institution by not playing games,” Priestap noted.
Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell issued the following statement upon release of the four-pages of notes:
“The FBI pre-planned a deliberate attack on Gen. Flynn and willfully chose to ignore mention of Section 1001 in the interview despite full knowledge of that practice.
“The FBI planned it as a perjury trap at best and in so doing put it in writing stating ‘what is our goal? Truth/ Admission or to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
Now how does the FBI’s treatment of Flynn tie in with what the Trump administration has been dealing with since the 2016 primaries?
They both fell victim to the concerted efforts of the Obama intelligence agency staffers to oust them on fabricated “Russia, Russia, Russia” charges.
Trump’s vindication will come once US Attorney John Durham lays out his charges in next few months.
As for Flynn, once Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan dismisses all the charges perhaps next week, the federal government may want to offer the three-star general The Library of Congress and all its contents as partial compensation for what he and his family have endured.