Abuse of power at the FBI:  here it is, straight from the mouth of none other than former FBI Director James Comey.  He was speaking at a public appearance Sunday in New York City before a (not surprisingly) warm and supportive crowd.  Here’s the part where he actually brags that he personally ordered the agents to go ambush Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn...

Moderator:  “You look at this White House now; it’s hard to imagine two FBI agents ending up in the state room.  How did that happen?”

 

Comey:  (after slight pause)  “I sent them.  (longer pause for big laugh from audience)  Something we--I probably wouldn’t have done or maybe gotten away with in a more organized investigation—a more organized administration.  In the George W. Bush administration, for example, or the Obama administration, the protocol---two men that, all of a sudden, perhaps increased appreciation for, over the last two years (long applause from audience).  In both those administrations, there was process.  So if the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would work through the White House counsel, there would be discussions and approvals, and it would be there, and I thought ‘it’s early enough; let’s just send a couple guys over.’”


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This audience ate it up, but oh...where to start?  Let’s put on our hip boots and try to wade through the hypocrisy.

 

Comey thought, “Let’s just send a couple guys over.”  How does THAT follow “process”?  He talks about administrations having “process,” but he conveniently forgets that the FBI has “process,” too, plenty of it, and this is just one of many, many examples of the Obama FBI going around it instead of following it.  When Comey thought he could get away with violating protocol, he just did it.  (He SURE did it when he announced that “no reasonable prosecutor” would indict Hillary, but I digress.)  And Gen. Flynn, being brand new to his White House position, probably didn’t even know what the protocol was supposed to be, so he said, “Sure, come on over.”

 

At the time this happened, President Trump had been in office FOUR DAYS.  Besides that, he was coming in on the heels of the outgoing opposition party (I know how that can be, having had the door to my new office in the Arkansas State House literally nailed shut by Democratic staffers before they left.).  The first few weeks, even months, of every new administration are always chaotic.  Comey took advantage of that to fly under the radar and violate the rules, and now he brags about it.

 

Not just bragging –- he’s passing the blame; as in, hey, it’s THEIR fault that we did this, because THEY weren’t organized enough (four days in) to keep us from doing it.  They don’t deserve to be treated according to the usual protocol.

 

I also noticed an interesting Freudian slip:  Comey says “...in a more organized investigation” before correcting himself and saying “...in a more organized administration.”  He was right the first time; the INVESTIGATION by the FBI was NOT organized the way it was supposed to be in terms of following correct “process.”  They were playing fast and loose, essentially doing whatever they thought they could get away with in their treatment of Gen. Flynn.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/comey-admits-decision-to-send-fbi-agents-to-interview-mike-flynn-was-not-standard

 

Margot Cleveland, in a piece for THE FEDERALIST, references the same sentencing memo from Flynn’s attorneys that we’ve discussed before, but she has found something more.  She says that for the first time, we can see concrete evidence that the FBI created “multiple 302 interview summaries” of Flynn’s questioning, which was done (as we knew) by (yes) Peter Strzok and also FBI Special Agent Joe Pientka.  These were the “couple guys” Comey sent over to talk to Flynn --- no need for a lawyer --- presumably about details of conversations he’d had with foreign officials during the transition.

 

Let me interject something here:  It was not a crime for Flynn to have conversations with foreign officials –- even Russians! –- during the transition.  The election was over.  In fact, at that point, having those conversations was part of his new job as national security advisor.  And when the “couple guys” from the FBI asked him, in casual talk, about mentioning sanctions in the conversation, it’s understandable that he might not have wanted to be super-forthcoming with officials from the outgoing administration.  Or he really just didn’t remember that.  Either way, he didn’t know he was being officially interrogated and could have been charged with a crime, because they deliberately did not tell him that.  Now, let’s get back to Cleveland, who, by the way, rocks.

 

She notes, as we have as well, that the Flynn 302 was dated in August, nearly seven months after the “couple guys” from the FBI talked to Flynn.  But we also have evidence, contained in yet more Strzok-Page texts, that Strzok wrote his notes soon after the interview with Flynn.  He refers to them in a text to Lisa Page sent February 14.  Also, Comey refers to seeing what must have been an earlier 302 (because he was fired in May of 2017) in testimony given to the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees under questioning by Trey Gowdy.

 

So, why is the 302 we know about dated August 22, 2017?  If this is a new version, who wrote it, and why?  By this time, Mueller had already removed Strzok from the special counsel team because of the anti-Trump text messages he’d exchanged with Page.  Is it possible that Mueller and/or officials at the FBI wanted Pientka, the other agent, to have sole authorship, so it wouldn’t be tainted by Strzok’s obvious partisanship?

 

Sens. Lindsay Graham and Chuck Grassley have been trying to find out; in fact, here are just a few of the questions they’ve sent to Inspector General Michael Horowitz:  Were the 302s ever edited?  If so, by whom?  At whose direction?  How many drafts?  Are there material differences between the final draft and the initial draft(s) or the agent’s testimony about the interview?

 

According to Cleveland, “Horowitz has yet to answer these questions.”  But now we know the judge in Flynn’s case, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, is quite curious about this and has ordered Mueller’s office to hand over any evidence that might be exculpatory, even if the government believes it “not to be material.”  (Side note:  this judge must be aware that Mueller’s attack dog, Andrew Weissmann, has a well-deserved reputation for hiding exculpatory evidence.)  Judge Sullivan demands that this include “any 302s or memoranda relative to [Flynn’s interview].”

 

Deadline for delivering this information to Judge Sullivan is Friday at 3 p.m.  We won’t see it, at least right away, because the judge will be looking at it under seal.

 

Cleveland points out that Sullivan had similar experience with prosecutorial misconduct in the Sen. Ted Stevens case; they withheld 302s, failed to include exculpatory statements in the 302s, and decided not to even write a 302 for an interview they thought “didn’t go very well.”  This judge certainly doesn’t want to be experiencing deja vu.

 

Think the special counsel still HAS the original 302s?  Cleveland is doubtful.  Weissmann is known for having systematically destroyed them in the Enron case.  (Incidentally, did you know the phones used by Strzok and Page to text each other about Trump have been wiped totally clean and given to new staffers?  That’s done as a matter of course as staff turns over, but these phones were evidence!)  If Sullivan finds that evidence has been destroyed, he should cite the prosecutors for gross misconduct and exonerate Gen. Flynn.  I’d go the extra mile and see that his legal expenses are repaid in full.  And can you say “punitive damages”?

 

http://thefederalist.com/2018/12/13/federal-judge-overseeing-michael-flynns-sentencing-just-dropped-major-bombshell/

 

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  • Ronald B Barton

    12/19/2018 08:03 AM

    IT'S OBVIOUS, THAT THE DOJ, FBI & OTHERS ARE TRYING TO OVERTHROW OUR GOVERNMENT, CONSTITUTION, PRESIDENT & THE RULE OF LAW!

    I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR 2020 ELECTION! I WILL VOTE FOR DONALD J TRUMP!

  • M J M

    12/16/2018 04:16 PM

    I agree that Flynn should be exonerated, reimbursed and compensated for all of these shenanigans. I also believe Comey and his cronies should be prosecuted to any extent that the law may allow.

  • judy hannon

    12/15/2018 07:59 PM

    that would be great if justice could finally be served at least for Flynn

  • Lois Barrett

    12/15/2018 10:20 AM

    Thank you for continuing to post relevant and true information happening in our government.
    The opposition party has crossed so many lines that it looks like a tic tac toe board.
    Our country needs to see that those who break our laws are punished, no matter who they are. Congress, FBI or any official should be doing the job they were elected to do, not making a mockery of our country.
    Watergate is a child's game when it is stacked up against all that is going on today.
    Trump is our president. We should be doing our very best to do all that is good for our country. Tearing it apart is certainly not the definition of doing good.

  • Terence Joseph Jesmore

    12/15/2018 02:01 AM

    It is tome to bring charges in Federal Courts against FBI/DOJ officials for violating the law Today not later they have wasted enough taxpayer money. Take them to court prosecute them. Same for anyone who aids and abets illegal aliens. Charge them including state official. Prosecute under the law noiw not later or Congress need to change the law. DON NOT CHANGE THE LAW ENFORCE IF.

  • Dawn Street

    12/15/2018 01:15 AM

    LtG Flynn was treated horribly by the FBI. I could hardly believe they had not read him his rights or given him the right to have an attorney present. And now we learn they deliberately ignored FBI protocols in conducting interviews in the WH. I hope this judge throws it all out and does whatever he can judicially do to prosecute the prosecuters and the interviewers including Comey. He deserves to be thrown under a bus and quickly before he can write another fictional book!!

  • Louise Harsha

    12/14/2018 10:40 PM

    I can't believe this is happening in America!!!
    God help us.

  • Wayne P Hilchen

    12/14/2018 09:39 PM

    I would go after Mueller and his team's compensation. The whole thing was wrong from the beginning. What is his compensation? What are those working for him being paid? I suspect the total cost of Mueller's investigation is what, $12 to $16 million or more? I'd make sure any reimbursement the general receives comes from Mueller and his associates being fined and not from us as tax payers. We've already paid too much for this fiasco.

  • Patricia Lennon

    12/14/2018 08:11 PM

    Hi Mike, I have been an avid reader of your website and enjoy everything you write and the way that you explain things in a very easy to understand way including your humor. I try to read these every day but sometimes life just gets in the way but I always go back and read several at a time to catch up on the current events. Thank you for all you do staying on top of current events in our government and then discerning them for your readers. I really appreciate you and pray for God’s blessings to be showered upon you and your family. Merry Christmas Mike
    Fondly
    Pat Lennon

  • Anita Mae Barker

    12/14/2018 07:43 PM

    What was done to Gen. Flynn was a sin and a crime. I sincerely hope there are some hefty punishments to those who perpetrated the awful happening!

  • George Curl

    12/14/2018 06:29 PM

    It would seem to this ol country boy that anything gained, any trail to follow from Gen Flynn would be from a tree of rotten fruit. My limited knowledge of the law, thinks that evidence or information obtained under illegal means, should not be allowed by the court. Comey bragging about how they trapped LTG Flynn should be all that is needed to stop the entire mess.

  • Pamela Tilden

    12/14/2018 05:26 PM

    I don't know if you've read this article, but here's the link.

    https://uspoliticsandnews.com/comey-used-his-private-email-for-fbi-work-just-like-you-know-who/?inf_contact_key=24514efbd8e3e6dac8b93900d2449a281f1343e4e56ff281d76ed8a4ad224647

    Please let know your thpughts. Thanks.

  • Elwood Larder

    12/14/2018 04:59 PM

    The real issue is a moral issue. Once man lost the reverence for God's high standards then men were now free to make their own rules and interpretation that fits their personal desires. The Democratic leadership and militant followers in the government, media, corporate and select citizens have taken this to the extremes to undermine the USA's Constitution.

    Republicans need to get their acts pulled together as well.

    Sad. Pray for tthe USA.

  • Mary Lyons

    12/14/2018 03:49 PM

    Comey and his team are a bunch of liars and played free and loose with laws and protocol. Obama must have known what was going on too. "Send a couple of guys over". Sounds like the Mafia. Gen. Flynn should be exonerated fully.

  • Emil Deliberto

    12/14/2018 03:40 PM

    This is sad commentary about this abuse of power that seems to permiate the Obama Administration. It is a disgrace, as a former Sergeant of Detectives I am aware of the normal protocol the we had in the Lowly City Government of the NYPD. You don’t rewrite the interviews you might add to Not embellish them to fit your narrative. I sure hope that this exposes the bias that they have. They should be reprimanded and possibly be Prosecuted. We can only hope. May God Bless our President and his staff as well as our country.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    12/14/2018 03:05 PM

    Hillary Clinton has been dethroned, and yet the Left still has an air of untouchability. As if they are connected to people in high places, and the law can't touch them. Comey brags publicly about underhanded and unlawful behavior on his organization's part against a sitting President and his administration. What kind of evil has infiltrated our country, and possessed the hearts and minds of people to create a completely soul-less culture within a culture, that performs the cruelest acts, then celebrates them?

  • Leroy Becker

    12/14/2018 02:59 PM

    There is a very simple and straightforward message here: Don't talk to them - at no time - about nothing! And sadly, that just makes good law enforcement that much more difficult.
    The badge is a symbol of PUBLIC TRUST, and when the badge holders lack integrity, that trust is betrayed. God Bless America!
    We should NEVER have to say oink - oink!

  • rodney Burke

    12/14/2018 02:28 PM

    no, this reveals the criminal intent of Mueller without question. This was a criminal act by the FBI and every one subsequent. this was ultimately barry's doing and he should be hung for treason and this as well. What we have is top level people who think they can do as they please and no one can say anything. I have a memory prompter for Comey. A good slap up the back of the head. maybe a taser with 500 volts. This guy is either dumb as a post or an absolute liar. I vote for the latter.

  • Robert Simes

    12/14/2018 02:04 PM

    LTG Flynn deserves total compensation for this travesty of justice. He was blind-sided with an illegal interrogation disguised as "just a talk between us fellows." He was not advised of his Miranda Rights or even that this was a criminal investigation, much less that lying to the FBI was a punishable crime. The entire matter was mishandled from the beginning. Maybe he should join Corsi in his civil suit against Mueller.

  • joseph orsini

    12/14/2018 02:02 PM

    Do Bill & Hillary personally receive $$$ from the Clinton Foundation?

  • Roger Russell

    12/14/2018 01:48 PM

    A couple of guys dropped by the White House to talk. Did they inform General Flynn of his Miranda rights? Isn’t that a requirement gor anyone suspected of a crime? Can’t a conviction be overturned when suspects have not been informed of their Miranda rights?

  • Maureen Turnberg

    12/14/2018 01:31 PM

    My Mac has all the texts that I receive on my phone - Do the Strzok & Page Computers also work that way? Why did Christopher Wray allow the phones to be stripped? I think Wray is on the wrong side.

  • Frank Maitilasso

    12/14/2018 01:01 PM

    Why is it that only Democrats can get away crimes that are being investigated by our now biased FBI ? It’s extremely troubling that evidence like texts, emails, phones etc always seem to disappear when there is evidence that could show how corrupt the FBI has become. The once regarded premier Law Enforcement Agency in the free world has become an arm of the Democratic Party.

  • ROBERT MCFATE

    12/14/2018 12:52 PM

    The DOJ has become the DOI, Department of Injustice!

  • Charles Kirkland

    12/14/2018 12:36 PM

    Oh, where to start on my rant: the whole idea of the left, if Trump was elected, is to slow his progress, to make him look incapable and incompetent as a leader, and to falsely create things that will warrant for his impeachment. One of them, obviously, is to slow confirmation of members of the staff to a snail's pace, as to keep his administration understaffed, and therefore, properly inoperable. Gen. Flynn was a total innocent in this, and deserves FULL, I say FULL COMPENSATION for the stuff Mueller took him through, In destroying his career, just to get to Trump, which has, so far, rendered NOTHING. As a Christian, I believe that Almighty God will be Gen. Flynn's vindicator, in the end.
    Note: those who have seen Trump work, is that not even an understaffed crew will not stop him from getting the job done. He's proven it in business, and he's proving it in politics, as leader of the free world. God placed him in this position for a purpose, to bring the USA back under His divine providence and blessings.
    I think that's enough of a rant for ya, Gov.