Comey: FBI Agents (Including Peter Strzok) Didn't Think Flynn Lied

FBI investigators who interviewed Michael Flynn last January - one of which was anti-Trumper Peter Strzok - thought Flynn was telling the truth about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and that any inaccuracies in his answers were unintentional - according to accounts of a closed-door March 2017 briefing given to lawmakers by former FBI Director James Comey.

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According to two sources familiar with the meetings, Comey told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn had lied to them, or that any inaccuracies in his answers were intentional. As a result, some of those in attendance came away with the impression that Flynn would not be charged with a crime pertaining to the January 24 interview. -Washington Examiner

This new revelation from the closed-door briefing held nearly a year ago (apparently leaks which benefit conservatives take much longer), complicates an already murky case considering that Flynn pleaded guilty nine months later to one count of making a false statement to the FBI.

To briefly review; Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had a phone conversation in late December, 2016. On its face, there was absolutely nothing wrong with an incoming National Security Advisor having a conversation with a Russian government official. Following the conversation, which was surveilled by the Obama administration and then leaked to the press

The first thing to remember is that it appears Flynn did nothing wrong in having those talks. As the incoming national security adviser, it was entirely reasonable that he discuss policy with representatives of other governments and Flynn was getting calls from all around the world. -Washington Examiner

What happened next is strange; on January 12, WaPo columnist and deep-state news conduit David Ignatius reported that Flynn and Kislyak had talked - implying some type of malfeasance. Days later, on January 15, Vice President-elect Mike Pence denied that Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador. The on January 24, Obama holdover and acting Attorney General Sally Yates sent two FBI agents to interview Flynn without a lawyer present.  

Two days later, on January 26, Yates and a colleague visited the White House to tell White House counsel Don McGahn that Flynn may have violated the obscure logan act, and in fact discussed sanctions with Kislyak - possibly subjecting Flynn to blackmail.

Yates then explained to McGahn her theory that Flynn might be vulnerable to blackmail. The idea was that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Kislyak, which of course the Russians knew. And then if Flynn lied to Pence, and Pence made a public statement based on what Flynn had told him, then the Russians might be able to blackmail Flynn because they, the Russians, knew Flynn had not told the vice president the truth. -Washington Examiner

Meanwhile, on January 23, the Washington Post reported that they had "not found any evidence of wrongdoing or illicit ties to the Russian government," after having reviewed the leaked conversation

Even stranger is the fact that Flynn's sentencing has been delayed at the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, with an agreement to revisit the matter no later than May 1, 2018. 

Due to the status of the Special Counsel s investigation, the parties do not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time, the document, signed by Mueller and Flynn attorneys Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony, said. 

Some have speculated that Mueller's request indicates Flynn is cooperating with his investigation. Others, such as former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova, think that "It may very well be that the guilty plea cannot stand" after D.C. Judge Rudolph Contreras - who also sits on the FISA court - recused himself days after he was assigned Flynn's case.

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Judge Rudolph Contreras

Others yet have speculated that the FBI conducted an illegal interview of Flynn by not announcing that he was actually under investigation, and did not have an attorney present (which Byron York notes Flynn should have known to do). 

On January 27, 2017, Flynn resigned. 

So - if FBI agent Peter Strzok didn't think Flynn had lied, and the Washington Post - which reviewed a conversation (leaked by the Obama administration) concluded that Flynn did nothing wrong, then why did Flynn apparently lie to Mike Pence? 

Is it possible that Flynn told Pence the truth and Pence lied due to the optics of the ongoing Trump-Russia "witch hunt" that was kicking into high gear? 

Whatever the case, the Flynn story is now murkier than ever...

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Billy the Poet IridiumRebel Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

Flynn is the one who revealed that "the West" created ISIS. He was the first one on the Trump team taken out by the Deep State. Then Trump's non-intervention stance on Syria began to move in the opposite direction. Coincidence?

And what say you, Mr. Pence?

Criticize Trump all you want -- I do -- but the man is fighting a formidable enemy and there's bogies in the wire.

 

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IntercoursetheEU HippieHaulers Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:32 Permalink

Gen Flynn perhaps sized Pence up correctly, a slippery, well-trained, facially immobile swamp creature; and what Lyndon Johnson was to Kennedy.

Flynn saved our asses, in the early stages of the Trump administration, when one false move over the idiotic 'Russia' gambit may have worked. 

We can laugh about it now; but it was a close call, good call, from a brave and gifted strategist.

THANK YOU GENERAL FLYNN, for your service to the American People, and the US Constitution.

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Md4 IntercoursetheEU Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:36 Permalink

Insightful.

Didn't really consider that Pence appraisal, but, you could well be right.

 

My thinking has been General Flynn's desire to keep the term "Russia" out of the firestorm surrounding the election as much as possible. 

I'm not sure still whether he knew his diplomatic consultations were legal AND appropriate, or not. He is a military man after all, not a diplomat.

It seems pretty clear he didn't know the Feds were surveilling his team. Doesn't sound like he had been read his rights either.

If Trump wanted to end the baseless sanctions immediately after taking office, he could have. 

I think the Bolshevik meltdown after the "shocking" election  (still in progress) created pause and apprehension for the new administration, particularly concerning Russia, that, too, remains.

The prog left continues to drive a dangerous adversarial posture toward a Russia not proven to have done a damned thing to deserve it.

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jcaz Md4 Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:18 Permalink

True.  I think it's because true military guys don't see Russia as a threat.   They know that the propaganda continues to exist largely as a political tool,  used to scare the masses when needed.

They also recognize that without the Russia propaganda, a good chunk of their relevancy goes away-  hence the fundamental problem with peace-  all the cushy jobs go away when there is peace.

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SoDamnMad HippieHaulers Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:13 Permalink

Flynn has had his savings trashed by all this after serving the country for decades.  Maybe you don't like what the military does but they take orders from the President and Congress (or they by law they are suppose to).  So the Kenyan had 8 years to make things right and didn't so go after him.  I think this news is mind boggling. Just who is responsible for trashing him. They need to find a rock to hide under.

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takeaction IridiumRebel Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:52 Permalink

There sure is some shady shit going on.  And all I here on MSNBC and CNN is "How could the Trump administration allow this woman beater to stay in the WHite House...?"  I love listening to Wolf Blitzer get a Liberaled up.  These pieces of shit can't help themselves.  This makes my Satellite Radio subscription worth it.  

And I pay less than $5 a month...How? First off, your first 6 months is $5.  Then...on last month, or when regular billing $12-$18 per month) kicks in...Just call them and tell them you want to shut it off...and then they offer you another 6 months for $5 a month.  Then Repeat.  Simple. 

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Tarzan takeaction Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:55 Permalink

I've also been canceling my Satellite Radio every 6 months, only to be offered the teaser rate each and every time, works like a charm, but, you pay to listen to MSNBC?.

Funny that Obama hired Flynn, then fired him, then advised Trump to stay away from him, so naturally Trump hired him, and he ends up being the first victim of the Russia scam....

The whole scam is unraveling, their grip is slipping, Panic is setting in, “OMG THIS IS FUCKING TERRIFYING.”  Very dangerous times ahead! 

Ex Canadian minister says Illuminati controls the world

The Truth will set us free! The PIZZA GATE Pedophiles must be exposed!!

 

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FoggyWorld Cash2Riches Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:32 Permalink

That apparently is an awkward legal situation because if you accept a pardon, you in effect admit guilt.   Flynn may see those charges dropped in good part because the FISA warrant on him and others was based on untruthful or incomplete evidence.

That brings into play the "fruit of the poisonous tree" situation where a Judge who sees that fraud on the part of those who assembled the request, may well just toss the whole thing out. That would leave Flynn as a completely innocent man.

And Mueller has asked the court and Flynn has agreed to postpone any further court appearance until May 18th.  Looks as if Mueller may just see the handwriting on the wall.

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FoggyWorld cheech_wizard Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:37 Permalink

Because we haven't heard either way, the presumption is Priestap still holds his Counterintelligence job.  However, many people looking at the chart of those who have resigned or been demoted notice that Priestap is the only survivor.

Could well mean he noticed Comey during a Committee hearing trying to pass the buck onto Priestap's shoulders.  So he may just be talking to the IG.  Or he may have been Arkancided but that doesn't seem likely because he is married to a prominent DC woman who most likely would not keep quiet if her husband didn't return for months.  I'm betting on the IG.

 

 

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DaiRR Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:41 Permalink

Sally Yates is anything but murky.  She's an Obamunist of the first order.  OBAMUNISM:  Weaponizing government to bludgeon Democrats' political opponents.

FoggyWorld Slippery Slope Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:45 Permalink

I think I have the Go Fund Me page for Flynn that his son has set up and will come back and post it here when I find it.  It is ONLY going to be applied to Flynn's legal bills.

Flynn's name may well be restored but the legal bills apparently are staggering and that may well be why he felt he had to plead guilty.  

He is not a wealthy man and I remember reading Donald Trump Jr.'s legal bills amounted to around $200,000.   That to cover his submitting ahead of time ALL of his campaign emails and that 20 minute set up-by-Fusion-GPS Russian woman who met with him with three or four others in that brief meeting at Trump Tower.

So based on that bill, Flynn's must be horrendous.

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ISEEIT Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:48 Permalink

Don't lose sight of the forest for the trees.

The "russia did It" meme and the bogus Mueller shitshow have factually collapsed.

Ordinarily such 'news' would be rabbitholed.

This one however is likely to blow up.

Far to much was left in the open.

Doubt they can suicide some folks this time.

Freddie ISEEIT Mon, 02/12/2018 - 22:53 Permalink

Apparently Bill Priestep who is Strozyk's boss is singing.   His wife owns a private eye agency in DC and her father is a top chosunite dog at Goldman Sachs.   No way Priestep is going down or the wife if they have Goldman family connections.

This bullshit of corrupt people like McCabe retiring, resigning or getting choice jobs at Wal Mart is BS.  Loads of guilty US Govt and alphabet agency criminals are gonna walk.  Meanwhile, 70+ innocent Russians get murdered on a plane due to the Clintons Rosatom Uranium 1 deal. 

 

 

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ebear CatInTheHat Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:52 Permalink

"There were no Russians on that plane associated with Rosatom or Uranium one."

That's NOT what Greenwald said.  All he did was refute the claim that Sergei Millian was on that flight.

That aside, with a workforce of around 250,000, it's not hard to imagine that at least one Rosatom employee was on that flight, perhaps several, considering the destination.

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