Flynn Evidence May Have Been Tampered With By FBI: GOP Lawmaker

Rep Mark Meadows (R-NC) suggested on a Thursday interview with The Hill that evidence in the Mike Flynn case may have been tampered with - something long hinted at by insiders close to the Congressional investigations. 

Meadows, the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and a close ally of President Trump's, said he and other lawmakers are finding evidence of possible tampering, an allegation he previously made at a House hearing where Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified. -The Hill

"Justice should be meted out evenly, and yet we’re finding that evidence could have been tampered with," Meadows said.

In particular, Meadows pointed to the "302" reports - which are summaries of FBI interviews with suspects or witnesses. 

"I brought this up with the inspector general the other day.  Some of those key witness will be asked to appear before House Oversight," he added.

The question about the FBI interview reports, he said, was "were they changed to change the outcome of prosecution decisions. I think they might have."

"We’re not going to yield until we get an answer," he added. -The Hill

During Tuesday testimony in front of a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight committee, IG Horowitz said he is investigating allegations that FBI officials "edited" agents' 302 forms. 

It has been long suspected that fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe had agents edit or delete the "302" forms created after former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's interview. 

Journalist Sara Carter - known of late for her access to leaks by "white hat" actors in the intelligence community, sat down with Sean Hannity in late January where she discussed McCabe's firing and suggested "there's indicators right now that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302's

Hannity: A source of mine told me tonight that when Wray read this, it shocked him to his core.

Sara Carter: Shocked him to his core, and not only that, the Inspector General's report - I have been told tonight by a number of sources, there's indicators right now that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302's - those are their interviews with witnesses. So basically every time an FBI agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report. 

As we noted on Tuesday, altered 203 forms may also explain why the judge in Flynn's case ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to turn over any "exculpatory evidence" to Flynn's defense team. Flynn's legal team did not make this request. Instead, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued the order "sua sponte," or at his discretion, invoking the "Brady Rule" - which requires prosecutors to turn over previously unfiled evidence that might have a material impact on a defendant's case. Interestingly, two days before the order Mueller filed a motion for an agreed-upon protective order regarding the use of evidence in the case, including "sensitive materials," provided to Flynn's lawyers by the office of the Special Counsel.

It may also explain why Mueller has agreed to postpone Flynn's sentencing "due to the status of the special counsel's investigation." 

Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Some have suggested he did so in order to avoid a lengthy and costly legal battle with the DOJ, while others think he did so in order to protect his son, Michael Flynn Jr., from enhanced FBI probing.