Unsealed Evidence Show FBI Agents’ Plot to Push Michael Flynn to “Perjury Trap,” Senator Warns There’s More to Come
On Wednesday, unsealed documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) showed how the FBI agents have strategized to push then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn to admit that he broke the Logan Act, which had subsequently led to his prosecution, and firing from the White House.
The Logan Act, which was enacted in the US Congress in 1799, forbids American citizens to hold unauthorized correspondence with other foreign governments, in relation to any issues regarding the US government.
On January 24, 2017, two federal agents, Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka, interviewed the security adviser at the White House. After the meeting, Flynne was charged for lying to the investigators. However, recently unsealed documents proved that the FBI agents had plotted to push Flynne to admit, despite having no initial indication that the national adviser was lying.
Based on the handwritten notes, the FBI agents tried to ambush Flynne for admission. One unidentified agent asked, “What’s our goal? Truth/admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” The agent added that they would usually show the evidence against Flynne, with the goal that he would admit his wrongdoings.
Then, the agent listed their options, writing, “If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ + have them decide.” The agent provided another possible option. “Or if he initially lies, then we present him [redacted] + he admits it, document for DOJ, + let them decide how to address it. ”The agent claimed that the White House might be “furious” if it sees that they are “playing games.” Finally, the agent concluded they should protect the Bureau by “not playing games.”
What’s even more damning is that the said notes also had three emails attached, including one from Peter Strzok, then-lead FBI agent in charge of the investigation for the Trump campaign. The email read that Strzok provided a list of questions to then-FBI General Counsel Peter Baker that the national adviser might ask Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in a recorded phone call. The agents were strategizing how to respond to Flynn, whether they would “shut him down” or if they would let him speak.
The documents were discovered by a prosecutor, which was set to conduct an independent investigation on the case. The evidence had also been filed in court last week.
The case stands that Flynn held phone conversations with then US Ambassador to Russia Sergei Kislyak in December, which was captured by surveillance and then leaked to the left-wing media Washington Post.
Flynn then resigned after the WaPo’s story, despite his initial denials about the issue. He then agreed to a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty over one charge of lying to investigators during the White House meeting. Other evidence also revealed partial parts of the plea deal, which include that Flynn’s son would not be prosecuted as long as he pleads guilty.
On Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham believed that “there are more coming” and that the evidence was only the tip of an iceberg. The senator added that the recently unsealed evidence showed that Flynn was just a victim of a perjury trap by a government department.