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Old 12-13-2018, 01:07 AM  
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The Flynn Entrapment: ugly tactics employed by James Comey’s FBI

The Flynn Entrapment
A court filing shows the ugly tactics employed by James Comey’s FBI.

By The WSJ Editorial Board
Dec. 12, 2018 6:55 p.m. ET

Of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s many targets, the most tragic may be former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The former three-star general pleaded guilty last year to a single count of lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Now we learn from Mr. Flynn’s court filing to the sentencing judge that senior bureau officials acted in a way to set him up for the fall.

Not a rich man after decades in uniform, Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty to avoid bankruptcy and spare his son from becoming a legal target. Mr. Flynn’s filing doesn’t take issue with the description of his offense. But the “additional facts” the Flynn defense team flags for the court raise doubts about FBI conduct.

The Flynn filing describes government documents concerning the Jan. 24, 2017 meeting with two FBI agents when Mr. Flynn supposedly lied. It turns out the meeting was set up by then Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who personally called Mr. Flynn that day on other business—to discuss an FBI training session. By Mr. McCabe’s account, on that call he told Mr. Flynn he “felt that we needed to have two of our agents sit down” with him to talk about his Russia communications.

Mr. McCabe then urged Mr. Flynn to meet without a lawyer present. “I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between [Mr. Flynn] and the agents only. I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting, like the White House Counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. [Mr. Flynn] stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants,” wrote Mr. McCabe in a memo viewed by the Flynn defense team.

According to the FBI summary of the interview—known as a 302—Mr. McCabe and FBI officials “decided the agents 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.

We also know from then FBI Director James Comey that this was his idea. This is “something I probably wouldn’t have done or wouldn’t have gotten away with in a more organized administration,” Mr. Comey boasted on MSNBC this weekend. “In the George W. Bush Administration or the Obama Administration, if the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would work through the White House counsel, there would be discussions and approvals and who would be there. And I thought, it’s early enough let’s just send a couple guys over.

If the goal was to set a legal trap, it worked. The two agents showed up at the White House within hours of Mr. McCabe’s call, and they reported in the 302 that General Flynn had been “relaxed and jocular” and “clearly saw the FBI agents as allies. One of the agents was Peter Strzok, who is famous for his anti-Trump texts to his FBI paramour.

The FBI agents had seen transcripts of Mr. Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador that were “unmasked” by Obama Administration officials. The 302 says that rather than flag this and ask Mr. Flynn for an explanation, the FBI agents decided before the meeting that if “Flynn said he did not remember something they knew he said, they would use the exact words Flynn used, . . . to try to refresh his recollection. If Flynn still would not confirm what he said, . . . they would not confront him or talk him through it.”

Keep in mind the FBI’s counterintelligence probe into Russia and the Trump campaign was still secret. Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong in conversing with the Russian ambassador—it was part of his job—and he had no reason to believe he was in legal jeopardy. He initially claimed he misremembered what was discussed, which is more believable than that a highly decorated officer would lie to FBI officers he agreed to see without counsel.

Mr. Flynn’s lawyers are requesting probation and community service, though the facts suggest the judge should question the entire plea deal. Messrs. McCabe and Strzok have both been fired for misconduct, and their behavior reeks of entrapment.

If he does nothing else, President Trump has an obligation to former aides like Michael Flynn and to the public to declassify and disclose the FBI documents related to the FBI’s Russia probe.


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Old 12-13-2018, 01:07 AM   #2
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This should make anyone who reads it ill...
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Old 12-13-2018, 01:08 AM   #3
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One day after former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's legal team made the bombshell allegations that the FBI had pushed him not to bring a lawyer to his fateful Jan. 24, 2017 interview with agents at the White House, the federal judge overseeing Flynn's criminal case late Wednesday ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to turn over all of its highly secret documents related to the questioning.
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Old 12-13-2018, 07:39 AM   #4
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Listened to WBAP last night and this was a big topic. This one may blow up on the FBI for a host of reasons. But it will be in a courtroom and you can bet the media coverage will be near zero
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Old 12-13-2018, 07:59 AM   #5
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This is pretty damn messed up. Of course the entire investigation is pretty darn messed up. Anyone with a brain knows "RUSSIA" thing was a cover to ruin anyone connected with Trump who wouldn't help trump up charges against him. Every single thing they've charged anyone with is business as usual in DC. Not that I think that entire bunch of crooks from all sides of the aisle should get away with it. It is incredibly hypocritical to allow the rest of the swamp to continue as is while destroying all the Trump allies.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:00 AM   #6
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FBI has a long history of doing such dirty deeds. I thought the left were the humanitarians who hated the FBI.

The set-up of Flynn goes earlier than just the questioning by the FBI. The set-up began with Obama, complete with the for-show kicking out of Russian diplomats. Lynn knew the story about Russians hacking the DNC was a fairy-tale and more. Obama admin also entrapped Flynn to get a call from the Russian ambassador when Flynn was out of the country. Obama hated Flynn because Flynn had the goods on Obama admin. Obama needed Flynn to go away; not serve as NSA for Trump.

All that, while Logan Act NEVER gets prosecuted either. The whole thing stinks.

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Old 12-13-2018, 08:21 AM   #7
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This is pretty damn messed up. Of course the entire investigation is pretty darn messed up. Anyone with a brain knows "RUSSIA" thing was a cover to ruin anyone connected with Trump who wouldn't help trump up charges against him. Every single thing they've charged anyone with is business as usual in DC. Not that I think that entire bunch of crooks from all sides of the aisle should get away with it. It is incredibly hypocritical to allow the rest of the swamp to continue as is while destroying all the Trump allies.
That’s right. And when you point this out, Trump critics will hide behind “whataboutism” more often than not.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:25 AM   #8
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This should make anyone who reads it ill...
Not me. They didn't force him to lie. That would make me ill.

He chose to lie.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:26 AM   #9
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Not sure these stories are necessary

We know all the facts we need to about Comey, Russia!Gate, The Dossier, everything. If you’re still on the fence, it’s because you’re willingly on the fence
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:31 AM   #10
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Wasn’t Trump gonna declassify the Dirty Dossier and exonerate everyone last week?
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:42 AM   #11
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We know all the facts we need to about Comey, Russia!Gate, The Dossier, everything. If you’re still on the fence, it’s because you’re willingly on the fence
How 'bout the fact that Comey used to be in-charge of the Southern District of NY. That's not something that inspires confidence either.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:42 AM   #12
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Wasn’t Trump gonna declassify the Dirty Dossier and exonerate everyone last week?
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:14 AM   #13
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Not me. They didn't force him to lie. That would make me ill.

He chose to lie.
Except Comey himself said that Flynn didn't really lie.
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:18 AM   #14
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This should make anyone who reads it ill...


As I have stated on numerous occasions - I served with Mike Flynn in Germany in the early 70s. He is a GOOD guy.


His "mistake" (if you will) was getting involved in politics. He knew better.....
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Old 12-13-2018, 09:27 AM   #15
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Don't know if it's a fact or not but I heard that the 302's were written in August, 7 months after the interview. If that is the case that seems seriously flawed.
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