Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy blasted the FBI over the explosive new revelations in internal FBI documents that were just unsealed today.
McCarthy called the effort a “meticulously planned out scheme” to set-up the former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn during an interview with Martha MacCallum on Fox on Wednesday
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“What we are seeing is a meticulously planned-out scheme to try to get a 33-year combat veteran of the United States to say something that was inaccurate so that they would have a basis to try to charge him with false statements or otherwise get him fired,” McCarthy told “The Story.”
McCarthy explained how a lot of people had thought this might have been a perjury trap and now come the documents to lay it all out there.
“They did not have a legitimate investigative reason for doing this and there was no criminal predicate or reason to treat him [Flynn] like a criminal suspect,” McCarthy explained.
“They did the interview outside of the established protocols of how the FBI is supposed to interview someone on the White House staff. They are supposed to go through the Justice Department and the White House counsel’s office. They obviously purposely did not do that and they were clearly trying to make a case on this.”
“For years, a number of us have been arguing that this looked like a perjury trap,” McCarthy said.
As we reported earlier, former FBI Director James Comey admitted that he sent the agents to do the interview with Flynn out of all normal process, during an interview with MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace, a clip of which MacCallum also played this evening.
As McCarthy explained they failed to provide Flynn the ordinary protections and procedures they would have provided for criminals, let alone an American hero with 33 years of service.
“People should understand,” McCarthy explained, “if General Flynn was a gangbanger or Mafia guy, they would have sat down with them or they would have told him, ‘This is a criminal investigation,’ they would have identified themselves as FBI agents, told him the reason for the interview, told him he had a right not to answer questions and told him if he made false statements, that could be grounds for prosecution. And if he made true statements, that can be used against him in a prosecution.
“They would do all of those things for criminals,” he added.