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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took many by surprise this week when he made some eyebrow-raising comments General Michael Flynn following new revelations in his case.
During a phone-in interview Thursday on Fox News, McConnell was asked about newly released documents showing 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.
McConnell was not happy about this and admonished top officials in the FBI for the bureau’s treatment of Flynn, who served as President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser before getting caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
“It’s been interesting to watch, and if all of this proves to be true, you will have, certainly, a major, major error on the part of top leadership at the FBI, which could well warrant additional charges against them,” McConnell said.
He added: “If true, this is very, very troubling — disturbing.”
McConnell was asked whether he believes fired FBI Director James Comey should be criminally charged for his role in overseeing the agency’s investigation, but the Senate leader wasn’t ready to go that far.
“Revealing this story has been extremely important for the country,” added McConnell. “If true, it is extremely troubling and action, of course, under our system would be taken by others on the issues that you raised.”
Leader McConnell: New Flynn Documents could ‘Warrant’ additional charges against FBI Leadership pic.twitter.com/72MH52jtAC
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 30, 2020
Here’s more from The Federalist on the explosive new information:
Handwritten notes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that had been inappropriately 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.”
In the handwritten FBI notes, the note-taker, whose identity was not made clear in the document production, wrote that an alternate goal is to “get [Flynn] to admit breaking the Logan Act,” a reference to a 1799 law restricting communications between private citizens and foreign governments.
The explosive new documents support Flynn’s latest claims that Obama-era Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials had conspired to set him up from the beginning and that they never had any legitimate basis for investigating him.
Check out the documents below:
Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to lying during the interview about speaking to Russian Ambassador Kislyak about sanctions against Russia.
However, in a Jan. 29 court filing, he said he pleaded guilty to protect prosecutors from going after his son and denied lying in the FBI interview.