This FBI Foul-Up in General Flynn's Questioning Leaves the Whole Agency Looking Like Clowns

FILE – In this July 10, 2018, file photo, former President Donald Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, right, arrives at federal courthouse in Washington, for status hearing. Prosecutors with the special counsel’s office say Flynn is not yet ready to be sentenced. The joint filing with defense lawyers Tuesday, Aug. 21, is a sign that Flynn’s cooperation with investigators is continuing.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)



The case against General Flynn took another body blow yesterday. The subject was the elusive 302, that is, the summary of the interview (or, more accurately interrogation) of Flynn by Comey’s stooge Peter Strzok and his partner Joe Pientka. Flynn’s new counsel, Sydney Powell, has been carrying out a strategy of seeming to go along with Flynn’s plea agreement while pursuing a parallel attack on the FBI’s actions in dealing with Flynn. One of her persistent claims is that the 302s used to get Flynn to agree to a guilty plea were fraudulent. Bolstering her allegation is the fact that the original document has gone missing. We have an extensive track record, thanks to the text messages of love birds Lisa Page and Strzok, that Page and Strzok heavily edited Pientka’s notes to create a crime. The heavy lifting reporting on this was done, naturally, on Twitter by someone writing under a pseudonym (because if they don’t know who you are, they can’t hurt you). Read this whole thread.

A huge shoe dropped yesterday when the Department of Justice sent Powell this letter.


What this actually shows is that the extensive and detailed notes that the government has claimed from the get-go were those of Pientka were actually the Strzok/Page creative writing class project. The skimpy notes, that were claimed to be Strzok’s edits and additions, are actually the real-time notes taken by Pientka. More significantly, there is nothing in what we now know to be the original notes that support the edits and corrections. How, any sane person might ask, could what portrays itself as a professional investigatory outfit dick up something this simple?

So we’re left with a duel of razors. Hanlon’s Razor tells us to never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity. Occams’ Razor says the simplest explanation is the most likely. In this case, the simplest explanation is that the switch of 302s was deliberate. It was carried out after Flynn’s guilty plea and after the law firm developed a conflict of interest that should have required it to be removed from the case. The FBI felt free to do this because the chances of them being found out were about zero.

Read the whole thread:


This leaves the Flynn case in a shambles. IANAL so have no opinion if Powell is close to proving the level of egregious governmental misconduct necessary to have this case tossed, but they’ve definitely crossed the bar in giving President Trump more than ample reason to pardon the man.





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