This is a breaking story based on an article that has just been posted by The Federalist.
New information turned over to the Defense counsel for General Flynn today shows that some FBI personnel involved in the Flynn investigation were so concerned about the legality of what they were doing that they purchased professional liability insurance two weeks before President Trump’s inauguration in order to afford themselves some kind of financial protection from what might happen after the Trump Administration came into office.
Text messages show that one agent purchased insurance on January 10, 2017, the same day CNN reported on the briefing of soon-to-be President Trump by the four principals of the Intelligence Community — John Brennan, James Clapper, Adm. Mike Rogers, and James Comey — which was followed by an individual briefing of Trump by James Comey about the existence of the Steele Dossier.
The text messages between agents claim that agents and analysts involved in the FBI Crossfire Hurricane investigation — as well as persons at “The Agency” as one message stated — had all purchased or were looking to purchase similar insurance protection.
Agents also said they were worried about how a new attorney general might view the actions taken against Trump during the investigation. Shortly after then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) was confirmed to be Trump’s new attorney general, congressional Democrats, media, and Obama holdovers within DOJ immediately moved to force Sessions to recuse himself from overseeing the department’s investigations against Trump.
“[T]he new AG might have some questions….then yada yada yada…we all get screwed,” one agent wrote.
“I’m tellying [sic] man, if this thing ever gets FOIA’d, there are going to be some tough questions asked,” one agent wrote. “[A]nd a great deal of those will be related to Brian having a scope way outside the boundaries of logic[.]”
“[REDACTED] is one of the worst offenders of the rabbit holes and conspiracy theories,” an agent texted. “This guy traveled with that guy, who put down 3rd guy as his visa sponsor. 3rd guy lives near a navy base, therefore…[.]”
The article goes on to detail many other text message exchanges between unnamed agents.
I’ll be doing a deeper analysis of these exchanges and what they protend for the Durham investigation in a story later tonight.
But now the public has a bit more of a window into why an investigation like the one being conducted by John Durham takes as long as it does.