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Former federal prosecutor Trey Gowdy has weighed in on the new explosive evidence from the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
During an interview with Fox News host Shannon Bream, Gowdy 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.
Gowdy said, “They had no evidence that Michael Flynn was an agent of a foreign government. They opened the investigation in the summer of 2016. They’ve got zero evidence.”
The FBI had no evidence against Flynn so they turned to a “gotcha investigation.”
The FBI pushed Flynn to commit a procedural crime and ran with that to get him prosecuted.
Gowdy went on to say, “Here’s what the FBI agent should’ve done: Gen. Flynn, whether you remember saying it or not, here’s the transcript, here’s a recording of the call you had with the ambassador. Maybe this will refresh your recollection. Who told you to call the Russian ambassador? Who told you to do what you did? That’s how you would run a true counterintelligence investigation.”
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.
Flynn has spent the last three years fighting to prove his innocence against a politically motivated FBI.
Gowdy is right about the conduct of the FBI. They weren’t looking to see if a crime was committed, they were looking for a way to take Flynn down by any means. This was an incredible miscarriage of justice and there must be consequences for this.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also made some explosive comments, going as far as saying the new evidence could “warrant additional charges against” top brass at the FBI.