FBI General Counsel Dana Boente has announced that he will be resigning after 38 years at the Department of Justice.
However, Boente’s departure from the FBI may not have anything to do with his age.
Reports suggest Boente was asked to resign and has been under pressure since the revelations about the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn case.
Boente also signed a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant renewal for surveillance of President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016.
To further add to the speculation surrounding Boente’s departure, FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the bureau was conducting an investigation into misconduct around the handling of the Flynn case.
“For 38 years, Dana has served our nation in a variety of senior roles at the Department of Justice,” Wray said in a statement.
Boente, a longtime federal prosecutor, announced he will retire from his post as FBI general counsel by the end of June.
The circumstances of his departure are not clear. NBC News first reported on Boente’s retirement, saying he was asked to resign and citing pressure from the Justice Department over the FBI’s handling of the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Boente, prior to serving as FBI general counsel, served as acting attorney general, acting deputy attorney general, acting assistant attorney general of the National Security Division at the Justice Department, and as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Here’s what Fox News reported on the FBI’s internal probe:
The review will be handled by the bureau’s Inspection Division, the FBI said. That division is similar to an internal affairs office in a police department.
The bureau said the “after-action review” will have a two-fold purpose: evaluating the FBI’s role in the case and determining whether any “current employees engaged in misconduct,” as well as identifying whether any “improvements” might be warranted to FBI procedures.
While nothing has been proven, it is possible Boente is one of the actors that has long plagued Trump’s administration.
In that case, Boente is a part of the swamp that won’t be missed.
Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed to dismiss its criminal case against Flynn after newly revealed documents surfaced.
In the newly released documents, we learned that the FBI had drawn up paperwork to close the case against Flynn, but fired agent Peter Strzok made a last-minute move to keep it open.
Strzok was fired for sending countless anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.
Strzok played a critical role in going after Flynn, the new documents reveal.
Handwritten notes from the FBI — which were withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years — show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is set to hold hearings this week on the origins of the Russia investigation.