Sejanus: I have no need of a trial to prove your guilt.
Gallus: A song sung by every small-town corrupt policeman, which is what you are and what you should have stayed.
I Claudius, Reign of Terror
Poor Michael Flynn, former Trump National Security Advisor, is being railroaded for lying when what was obviously set up was a perjury trap:
Prosecutors also handed over several documents requested by the judge. One was a memorandum from then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was later fired on the recommendation of the Department of Justice Inspector General for leaking information to the media and lying under oath about doing so. McCabe urged Flynn that it would be “quickest” if he just spoke to the FBI agents on his own, without involving White House counsel.
Another document was a “302” witness interview report — although the report submitted by prosecutors does not appear to be contemporaneous, but rather a report of an interview with former FBI agent Peter Strzok in August 2017 — seven months after the Flynn interview. Strzok, who was one of the two agents who interviewed Flynn, was questioned about his recollection of the interview with Flynn.
As Sean Davis of The Federalist pointed out, Strzok was interviewed four days after Strzok’s lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, was fired from Mueller’s team and just days before he himself would be fired after the affair and the lovers’ political bias against Trump were discovered.
The original 302 report is referenced in the 302 submitted, but it does not appear to have been provided to the court.
The 302 submitted to the court includes a number of interesting revelations, including that the agents decided that they would “not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport” with the agents.
The 302 also notes that Flynn “did not give any indicators of deception,” and that Strzok and the other agent — whose name was redacted, “both had the impression at the time that Flynn was not lying or did not think he was lying.”
Go here to read the rest. One of the older tricks played by cops is to get a suspect to have a friendly chat without those pesky attorneys being present. That is the trap Flynn fell into. The 302 referenced is the report of an interview that FBI agents routinely draw up after interviewing anyone. The FBI almost never records their interviews, and thus the 302 is the only contemporary record of the interview. That Mueller has failed to turn over the original 302 to the Judge in Flynn’s case is damning. Completely unrelated I am sure is this little tidbit that just came out:
On Thursday, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a report stating thousands of text messages exchanged between Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page could not be recovered after Mueller’s team wiped clean the phones it had issued them.
Go here to read the rest. I rather suspect the special prosecutor needs a special prosecutor.