'Get him fired': FBI Set Up Michael Flynn
Michael Flynn (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Bombshell documents containing emails and notes in former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's criminal case were turned over by the Justice Department and unsealed by a federal judge Wednesday evening.
The documents included hand-written notes in which FBI officials revealed that their goal was to get Flynn "to lie" so they could "prosecute him or get him fired" during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged American collusion with Russian ambassadors during the 2016 Presidential Election.
Included in the documents was a note - written by the FBI's former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap - that disclosed that agents wanted to get Flynn to "admit to breaking the Logan Act" and catch him lying, despite any evidence of lies. The Logan Act is a federal law enacted in 1799 that has yet to be used in a criminal prosecution. It was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States abroad.
The new revelations help Flynn in his effort to beat the government's case against him. In December of 2017, he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador regarding sanctions on the country. In January, however, Flynn attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, stating that federal authorities acted in "bad faith" when they sought prison time for him.
Flynn has claimed that FBI officials continuously pressed him not to have an attorney present while he was questioned by agents, which led to his guilty plea on a single charge of lying to federal authorities about having conversations with a former Russian ambassador. One of the agents that questioned Flynn was Peter Strzok, who was ultimately fired by the FBI due to him sending anti-Trump text messages on his phone.
Flynn's lead defense attorney, Sidney Powell, has demanded for several months that the Department of Defense provide the exculpatory information that prosecutors are required by federal law to reveal to defendants they have charged with crimes.
What's more, President Trump expressed his outrage and concern Thursday morning, as he posted nearly 30 tweets and retweets within a 12-hour time period. The President criticized Comey, questioned the FBI's leadership, and defended Flynn without any hesitation.
Last month, the President said he was considering a full pardon for Flynn.
Here is the bombshell note: