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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon9/13/20 8:30 AM 
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September 13, 2020

         "It’s only gotten worse.  It must be met with indictments this time, extremely serious indictments because they did worse than entrap Flynn.  They framed him.  They made up the false statement.  They made up the original allegations to investigate him and they made up the false statements to prosecute him."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/must-see-sidney-powell-speaks-mueller-gang-wiped-clean-info-27-phones-requested-justice-department-inspector-general-video/

Flynn Attorney Sidney Powell Speaks Out After Mueller Gang Wiped Clean Info on 27 Phones Requested by Justice Department Inspector General

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!

Sidney Powell was on FOX Business Network’s (FBN) The Evening Edit with Elizabeth MacDonald.  Ms. Powell who is the attorney for General Michael Flynn knows the Deep State as well as anyone.  She represented clients against Mueller and his creepy top attorney Andrew Weissman in the early 2000’s in Enron linked cases.

Powell shared her experience with Mark Levin at FOX News before she began representing General Flynn.

Powell’s comments on Thursday were explosive as she discussed more criminal acts by the Mueller and Weissmann Deep State gang. Powell again discussed the Deep State crooks and pushed the Justice Department to indict and prosecute the crooks who were behind the attempted coup of President Trump and the destruction of General Mike Flynn as well. Powell shared:

It’s only gotten worse.  It must be met with indictments this time, extremely serious indictments because they did worse than entrap Flynn.  They framed him.  They made up the false statement.  They made up the original allegations to investigate him and they made up the false statements to prosecute him.

When Liz MacDonald shared that Peter Strzok claims that General Flynn lied twice, Powell said:

Well, Peter Strzok is a liar.  Peter Strzok is the one who altered the 302 multiple times in conjunction with Lisa Page until he added statements that were not reflected in the notes of the two agents that interviewed General Flynn and both agent Strzok and agent Pientka who interviewed him knew at the time he was telling them the truth.  That’s why Flynn was never reinterviewed they didn’t even warn him about a 1001 statement and they didn’t let him look at the transcript like they do ever other witness.  They treated him differently than anyone else they ever interviewed for anything.  They schemed and planned to interview him in such a way he did not even know he was the subject of the interview or investigation and they did that deliberately, violating all the rules in the process.

After discussing the obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence by the Mueller gang in removing information from 27 phones used by the Mueller gang when requested by the DOJ IG, Powell discussed the lies the Obama gang made to the FISA court and dropped this bombshell:

They have been abusing the surveillance system of the United States against 16,000 and more citizens for several years now.  Comey gave the three private contractors unlimited access to the entire NSA database like their own Encyclopedia Britannica.  I bet if they went and looked they would fine that they sold the bulk of the mining operations to the highest bidders wherever in the world they wanted them.

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon9/13/20 9:02 AM 
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September 13, 2020

           “Indeed, many officials apparently deleted the records after the DOJ Inspector General began his inquiry into how the Department mishandled Crossfire Hurricane.”

            I don't understand. Are not the Mueller and Weissmann team thrilled about the possibility of going to jail?

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/republicans-demand-answers-on-muellers-team-wiping-phones

Republicans demand answers on Mueller team wiping phones, suggest 'anticipatory obstruction of justice'

Congressional Republicans call the purported accidental 'wiping' an 'amazing coincidence'

Congressional Republicans demanded answers on Friday as to whether there “was a widespread intentional effort” to wipe the mobile devices of multiple people on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team during the Russia probe, and suggested this could amount to "anticipatory obstruction of justice."

The calls come after newly released records from the Justice Department showed that at least several dozen phones belonging to members of Mueller's team were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons—all before the Justice Department inspector general’s office could review the devices.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, penned a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday, pressing for details on what actions were taken to recover material deleted from the mobile devices assigned to Mueller’s team.

“It appears that Special Counsel Mueller’s team may have deleted federal records that could be key to better understanding their decision-making process as they pursued their investigation and wrote their report,” Grassley wrote.   

Grassley wrote that “based on this new information, the number of times and the stated reasons for the deletions calls into question whether or not it was a widespread intentional effort.”

Grassley first raised concerns about the Mueller team's use of text messages in 2017, after the Justice Department inspector general discovered that texts sent by former FBI agent and member of Mueller’s office Peter Strzok were politically charged.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., on Friday also demanded answers, telling Fox News he was “outraged by it.”

“I’m not a lawyer, but I am aware of the concept of anticipatory obstruction of justice,” Johnson told Fox News in a text message, saying the action of “accidentally wiping a phone because you entered the wrong password too many times” makes him “HIGHLY skeptical,” and a dozen people making “the same mistake is COMPLETELY unbelievable.”

“This needs to be fully investigated,” he said, adding that he has requested a phone call with Wray on Friday to discuss.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Capitol, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., quipped that the lost data was an “amazing coincidence.”

“It’s an amazing coincidence that all these professional investigators kept accidentally wiping their phones,” Nunes told Fox News. “You’d think these people could come up with a more believable excuse for hiding evidence.”

The new Justice Department records were released after a lawsuit from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

The documents show that Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann "accidentally wiped" his phone twice after entering the wrong passcode too many times in March 2018. Lawyer James Quarles’ phone “wiped itself” without his intervention, the records say.

The records indicate attorney Greg Andres' phone was also wiped due to a forgotten passcode. And they say the phones of both Mueller deputy Kyle Freeny and Rush Atkinson were wiped accidentally after they entered the wrong passcode too many times.

The records say that a phone belonging to FBI lawyer Lisa Page – whose anti-Trump texts with Strzok were of interest to investigators -- was restored to factory settings when the inspector general’s office received it.

Other officials, whose names are redacted, claim to have unintentionally restored their phone to its factory settings, deleting all records of communication.

Next to the name of one redacted person, the record says: “Phone was in airplane mode, no passcode provided, data unable to be recovered so had to be wiped.”

Fox News reached out to Weissmann and Mueller's former spokesman, but has not received a response.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon9/14/20 9:21 AM 
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September 14, 2020

        "The phones were all conveniently wiped after the DOJ IG asked for the devices to be handed over — some phones wiped themselves, according to the DOJ!...The phones were all conveniently wiped after the DOJ IG asked for the devices to be handed over — some phones wiped themselves, according to the DOJ!"

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/gop-senators-grassley-johnson-want-answers-doj-records-reveal-muellers-team-wiped-31-phones/

GOP Senators Grassley and Johnson Want Answers After DOJ Records Reveal Mueller’s Team Wiped Up to 31 Phones

Republican Senators Chuck Grassley (IA) and Ron Johnson (WI) want answers after newly released DOJ records reveal Mueller’s team ‘accidentally wiped’ up to 31 phones.

Newly released DOJ records show “pitbull” Andrew Weissmann and multiple Mueller henchmen claiming to have “accidentally wiped” at least 31 phones used in the anti-Trump Russia prob

The documents were uncovered thanks to a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit.

The phones were all conveniently wiped after the DOJ IG asked for the devices to be handed over — some phones wiped themselves, according to the DOJ!

The records show virtually all of Mueller’s lawyers used the same tactic: Put their phones in airplane mode, lock them and then nuke the phones by repeatedly entering the wrong password.

Mueller’s “pitbull” Andrew Weissmann wiped two out of three of his Special Counsel phones — he wiped one by ‘accident’ and nuked the other by entering the wrong password too many times.

One phone assigned to James Quarles “wiped itself without intervention from him.”

Senator Grassley this week sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray “pressing for details on what actions were taken to recover material deleted from the mobile devices assigned to Mueller’s team” reported Fox News. Grassley wrote “based on this new information, the number of times and the stated reasons for the deletions calls into question whether or not it was a widespread intentional effort.”

Senator Ron Johnson asked Obama-appointed DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate the wiped phones.

“These reports are troubling and raise concerns about record retention and transparency,” Johnson wrote in a letter to DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz. “Therefore, I respectfully request that your office open an investigation into this matter to determine what, why, and how information was wiped, whether any wrongdoing occurred, and who these devices belonged to.”

Recall, the DOJ did NOTHING after the OIG found that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page both wiped their phones and set them to “factory settings” so why would Horowitz do anything about Weissmann and the rest of Mueller’s team??

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon9/15/20 7:50 AM 
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September 15, 2020

          "Although this wasn’t a criminal proceeding – but rather an IG investigation – the data at issue constitute something the agency is entitled to recover. It’s a set of federal records, and the agency is the contract customer."

https://www.wnd.com/2020/09/phones-wiped-mueller-team-members-might-able-un-wiped/

Phones wiped by Mueller team members might be able to be 'un-wiped'

FBI uses collection tool to harvest text messages sent from and to agency-issued devices

Records responsive to a FOIA request were posted by the Department of Justice this week, and they show that 14 members of Robert Mueller’s special counsel team “wiped” data from their government-issued smartphones after the DOJ inspector general requested the phones from them for review.

The special counsel geniuses used several methods, including entering the wrong passcode 10 times to automatically trigger a data wipe. Some individuals set phones in airplane mode with incorrect passwords or no passwords provided, making the data inaccessible when the phone was turned over.

The latter situation might prompt a law enforcement request to the phone vendor to unlock the data. Although this wasn’t a criminal proceeding – but rather an IG investigation – the data at issue constitute something the agency is entitled to recover. It’s a set of federal records, and the agency is the contract customer.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon9/15/20 8:30 AM 
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September 15, 2020

           “You think you are mad about the phones being wiped?” Graham said on Fox News' “Hannity” last week. “Stay tuned. We’ll talk in about 10 or 12 days and we’ll see if there is something else you can get mad about...Durham “does not want this to be viewed political,” and the closer it gets to November, Durham could “punt it to after the election.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/durham-speculation-reaching-fever-pitch-resignation

Durham speculation reaching fever pitch after aide resignation, Graham comments, phone-wipe mystery

What is the next shoe to drop in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation?

That's one of the big questions in Washington this month, even as lawmakers' attention is torn among coronavirus, school reopenings, economic uncertainty, wildfires, social unrest and the presidential election.

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Last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., hinted that developments in Durham’s investigation were on the horizon. This was after newly released Justice Department records showed numerous phones belonging to members of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons—all before the Justice Department inspector general’s office could review the devices.

“You think you are mad about the phones being wiped?” Graham said on Fox News' “Hannity” last week. “Stay tuned.”

He added: “We’ll talk in about 10 or 12 days and we’ll see if there is something else you can get mad about.”

Republicans, like Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., demanded answers last week as to whether there “was widespread intentional effort” to wipe the devices and suggested it could amount to “anticipatory obstruction of justice.”

It is unclear, at this point, whether Durham’s team is reviewing the matter.

When asked whether he anticipated further charges coming, Johnson told Fox News: "I sure hope so."

"There was an awful lot of wrongdoing that people need to be held accountable for," Johnson said. "We continue to be slow-walked obtaining information, so the public is still in the dark regarding specifics. That said, it's not easy to find smoking guns."

He added: "People cover their tracks or don't leave tracks."

Durham was appointed by Attorney General Barr last year to investigate the origins of the FBI’s Russia probe shortly after Mueller completed his yearslong investigation into whether the campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

In the year and a half since, he has questioned former law enforcement and intelligence officials — former CIA Director John Brennan among them — about decisions made during the course of the Russia investigation.

Durham’s timeline is focused on July 2016, when the FBI’s original Russia probe began, through the appointment of Mueller in May 2017.

Trump himself has indicated that he wants results soon, saying at a White House press conference on Thursday that Durham was a “very, very respected man” and that his work would involve a “report or maybe it’s much more than that.”

The investigation has produced one criminal charge so far, against former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who was accused of altering an email related to the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide. But that prosecution did not allege a broader conspiracy within the FBI, and the conduct it involved had largely been laid out in a Justice Department inspector general report from last December.

It is not clear if Durham will be able to conclude his work before the election, though Barr has not ruled out the possibility of additional criminal charges. Barr, during an interview with NBC News last week, said that there “could be” more charges stemming from Durham's review.

“Yeah, there could be,” Barr said while declining to say whether any such charges would be announced prior to Election Day.

In July, though, Fox News reported that Durham could wait to reveal his findings or initiate further prosecutions until after the 2020 presidential election.

Two sources familiar with Durham’s investigation told Fox News at the time that Durham was working expeditiously to try to finish the probe before Labor Day — which he did not — but that several lines of investigation had not yet been completed.

“He believes it’s critical to do them,” one source said at the time. “He is feeling more pressure to get this done and wrapped up.”

The source also told Fox News that Durham “does not want this to be viewed political,” and the closer it gets to November, Durham could “punt it to after the election.”

 

 
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September 17, 2020

        "Fitton said the president should instruct the agencies to: "Get it all out. Stop with the fake redactions. Stop with the abusive exemptions that black out information. We want the world to know about what happened here on this terrible corruption."

https://justthenews.com/accountability/tom-fitton-calls-criminal-investigation-pandemic-wiped-phones-among-mueller-team

Judicial Watch’s Fitton calls for criminal probe into Mueller team’s wiped phones

Fitton says the question is whether people willfully broke the law in an effort to destroy government records.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is calling for a criminal investigation into the "pandemic of wiped phones" among members of Robert Mueller's prosecution team. Fitton, who leads the government watchdog organization, said the question is whether people purposefully broke the law by destroying government records.

"And when you have people wipe two or three phones like Andrew Weissman did—I think two of the three phones he had were wiped—it just strains credulity," Fitton said during an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast, noting that there should be more investigation.

Fitton also highlighted the news that despite Mueller's claim that he did not interview with President Trump to apply the position of FBI Director, an email indicates that Mueller withdrew from consideration for the top FBI spot.

An email sent by former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 17, 2017 had "Mueller" as the subject and included the message, "Withdrew from consideration for FBI director." That was the exact same day that Mueller's appointment to serve as special counsel for the Russia investigation was announced.

President Trump has said that Mueller did interview for the position. 

"And now we have confirmation that the president was right and that Mueller was potentially lying to Congress about whether or not he was up for the job and whether he wanted to be considered for it," Litton said during the podcast.

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Fitton said the president should instruct the agencies to: "Get it all out. Stop with the fake redactions. Stop with the abusive exemptions that black out information. We want the world to know about what happened here on this terrible corruption ... If it's the worst corruption scandal in American history then it should be all hands on deck in terms of transparency. And enough with the abuse of FOIA that's been allowed to fester for years here."

 

 
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September 17, 2020

         "the Republican-led committee's probe into the roles that Obama administration officials might have played in the Russia-Trump campaign collusion investigation...the committee decided not to vote separately on whether to authorize a subpoena to U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Bridget Brink as part of members' separate probe centering on the overseas business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden."

https://justthenews.com/government/congress/senate-panels-authorizes-dozens-subpoenas-deposition-probe-obama-officials

Senate panels authorize dozens of subpoenas, depositions in probe of Obama officials

The probe focuses on roles that Obama administration officials might have played in the Trump-Russia collusion probe.

A Senate committee on Wednesday voted in favor of authorizing dozens of subpoenas and depositions as part of the Republican-led committee's probe into the roles that Obama administration officials might have played in the Russia-Trump campaign collusion investigation. 

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to authorize nearly three dozen subpoenas and depositions, according to Politico.

However, the committee decided not to vote separately on whether to authorize a subpoena to U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Bridget Brink as part of members' separate probe centering on the overseas business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

 

 
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September 23, 2020

          “It’s treason. [James] Comey and all the sleaze bags, they spied on my campaign and we caught ’em,” Trump said. “Let’s now see what happens. Trump cited reports of Republican-led investigations currently underway, suggesting that there was some hope of accountability.”

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/21/donald-trump-im-so-angry-at-republicans-for-slow-investigations/#

Donald Trump: ‘I’m So Angry at Republicans’ for Slow Investigations

President Donald Trump on Monday expressed his frustration with Republicans for failing to prosecute Democrats for what he viewed as obvious crimes.

The president spoke about Biden’s son Hunter cashing in on his father’s influence with foreign companies such as Ukraine, and then his father boasting that he forced the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

“Does anything happen? Nothing happens,” Trump continued. “I’m so angry at Republicans. I am. I’m so angry.”

The president spoke about his frustrations to a group of workers in Dayton, Ohio.

Trump also noted that Biden and former President Barack Obama spied on his presidential campaign.

“It’s treason. [James] Comey and all the sleaze bags, they spied on my campaign and we caught ’em,” Trump said. “Let’s now see what happens.”

Trump cited reports of Republican-led investigations currently underway, suggesting that there was some hope of accountability.

The Senate Republicans’ probe of Biden and his son in Ukraine is nearing it’s completion, according to the Wall Street Journal. The investigation into the Justice Department’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 campaign by U.S. Attorney John Durham is also expected before the election.

“A lot of things are happening, you’re seeing. You’re reading the papers also: a lot of things are happening,” Trump said.

The president said he would continue to stay out of the Justice Department’s investigations and prosecutions.

“I stay out of it. I just say, ‘I’m trying like hell to stay out of it,'” he said. “But it’s a disgrace that it’s taken so long.”

 

 
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September 27, 2020

         "In other words, the primary sub-source, now known to be Igor Danchenko, who is a Russian national with a checkered past, was investigated for being a Russian agent...Failure of the FBI to inform the court that the Primary Sub-source was suspected of being a Russian agent is a breach of every duty owed by law enforcement to the judicial system...Agents on the Russia collusion probes were so concerned that what they were doing was illegal that they purchased liability insurance just before Trump’s inauguration."

         Danchenko was more than a primary sub-source, he was the primary SOURCE, and this article actually says this.

Primary Source For Bogus Steele Dossier Was Deemed A National Security Threat

Newly declassified information reveals that the primary source used for the discredited, DNC-funded Steele dossier was a suspected Russian agent who had been the subject of an earlier FBI investigation. The investigators running the Crossfire Hurricane team knew this by December 2016 but withheld that information from the court that authorized using the dossier as a basis to go after President Donald Trump and spy on his affiliates.

According to documents released by Attorney General William Barr to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., declassified Thursday, a previously redacted but now-unveiled footnote in Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December report shows the primary sub-source “was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed his/her documented contacts with suspected Russian intelligence officers.”

In other words, the primary sub-source, now known to be Igor Danchenko, who is a Russian national with a checkered past, was investigated for being a Russian agent.

The documents further show that those running the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, which relied on the fake Steele dossier deriving its information from the sub-source, knew that Danchenko had been under a counterintelligence investigation. Federal officials pushed forward with their deep-state operations anyway as part of the conspiracy theory that the president was serving as an undercover agent for the Russian government.

"Failure of the FBI to inform the court that the Primary Sub-source was suspected of being a Russian agent is a breach of every duty owed by law enforcement to the judicial system,” Graham said in a statement.

A more than two-year investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller would later conclude in the spring of 2019, finding no evidence at all that the president or any other American colluded with the Russian government to capture the 2016 election. The Kremlin did, however, attempt to interfere in the U.S. election, purchasing between $200,000 and $300,000 worth of Facebook ads with the primary goal of sowing division and “undermining public faith in the U.S. democratic process.”

The Democratic witch hunt, orchestrated by deep-state operatives using the Steele dossier, which in turn collected its information from a suspected Russian agent, appears to have done just that, with Democrats now raising hysterical Post Office conspiracies and dystopian fantasies just weeks from the November election, which they claim Trump might refuse to concede. In fact, Democrats are now gaming how to steal the election again if Trump wins, even after launching an impeachment over a phone call and perpetuating a four-year Russia hoax still ongoing.

Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee faced no investigation for the use of the dossier, which was authored by the unregistered agent of a Russian oligarch and sourced to the Russian national who had been investigated as a Russian agent.

The news that Crossfire Hurricane officials weaponized the FBI to accuse Trump of being a Russian asset — by using a suspected Russian asset — comes on the heels of another major revelation to emerge from The Federalist Thursday. Agents on the Russia collusion probes were so concerned that what they were doing was illegal that they purchased liability insurance just before Trump’s inauguration.

 

 
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September 29, 2020

       "According to the summary of Barnett’s interview, he said there was never any basis for the bizarre “collusion” theory the agency and the special counsel relentlessly pursued, to the point that agents made jokes about how they could take any piece of information and claim it was evidence of collusion. He said the Special Counsel Office (SCO) pursued Flynn simply as a means to “get Trump”...In a stunning and detailed interview conducted September 17 by U.S. attorney Jeff Jensen"

        Jeff Jensen is a U.S. attorney that Durham brought into the investigation, because there was just too much illicit activity for him to handle alone.

‘Get Trump’: FBI Whistleblower On Mueller Team Details Real Reason Flynn Was Targeted

The case agent managing the FBI's investigation of Flynn told Department of Justice attorneys that a desire to "get Trump" was a major factor underlying the case against Flynn.

In a stunning and detailed interview conducted September 17 by U.S. attorney Jeff Jensen, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) case agent for the original investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and who later worked on Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel blew the whistle on myriad problems that plagued those investigations from the very beginning.

FBI Special Agent William Barnett told Department of Justice (DOJ) investigators that the handling of the probes troubled him so much that he threatened to quit working on it in one case, and threatened to go to the Inspector General in another. According to the summary of Barnett’s interview, he said there was never any basis for the bizarre “collusion” theory the agency and the special counsel relentlessly pursued, to the point that agents made jokes about how they could take any piece of information and claim it was evidence of collusion. He said the Special Counsel Office (SCO) pursued Flynn simply as a means to “get Trump” and viewed FBI investigators as a “speed bump” slowing down the work of the attorneys leading the inquisition.

The broader Trump investigation was “opaque,” the case theory was “supposition on supposition,” the Flynn probe in particular was “unclear and disorganized,” and its predicate was “not great,” Barnett told investigators. According to the interview notes, he felt there was “little detail concerning specific evidence of criminal events.”

When Barnett was first placed on the case in 2016, he said he assumed he’d have a better understanding of why the investigation into the Trump campaign was launched as he read through the evidence. But “after being involved in the investigation for six weeks, Barnett was still unsure of the basis of the investigation concerning Russia and the Trump Campaign working together, without a specific criminal allegation.” Much was made over the Republican National Convention platform amending a proposed change in support of “lethal assistance” to Ukraine to “appropriate assistance.” While some at the FBI attempted to claim this was a sign of collusion with Russia, he characterized the theory as “groping.”

After moving in 2016 to close the Flynn investigation for complete lack of any evidence of criminal wrongdoing, Barnett was instructed in early 2017 to keep it open and investigate Flynn for a Logan Act violation. The FBI didn’t even have a code for the Logan Act, a never-used, centuries-old law prohibiting private citizens from corresponding with foreign governments. Flynn was not a private citizen, but the incoming National Security Advisor for President Trump when he made phone calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, so even if the law were deemed constitutional, it would not have applied to Flynn. Barnett had to research the Logan Act, as he was unfamiliar with it, but “did not see the Logan Act as a serious stand-alone charge.”

When Barnett pushed for a closing interview with Flynn in 2016, as part of the normal procedure for closing cases that were going nowhere, he was rebuffed. But when the FBI later interviewed Flynn, falsely conveying to Flynn that he was not a target of an investigation and not in danger of walking into a perjury trap, Barnett was “cut out” of the January 24, 2017, ambush interview of Flynn, and was not informed of its existence until it had already been conducted. “Typically a line agent/case agent would do the interview with a senior FBI official present in cases concerning high ranking political officials,” the summary of Barnett’s interview noted. While Barnett at first thought the unusual move was part of an effort to close the investigation, he later realized otherwise.

It was not the only time the case agent was cut out of the unusual activity going on in the probe to target Flynn. “[N]either Barnett nor any other line agents were invited to attend” meetings about the Flynn investigation, which was changed to being conducted from the “‘top down,’ meaning direction concerning the investigation was coming from senior officials,” Barnett said. He noted that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was personally directing the Flynn investigation. McCabe was later fired for repeatedly lying under oath about his leaks to the media. McCabe was referred for criminal investigation by the department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

 

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