Do newly revealed texts between FBI agents discussing the collapse of the Trump/Russia investigation vindicate Donald Trump?
“This is a nightmare”
An FBI agent who served on Robert Mueller’s team during the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn told the Justice Department that the initial prosecution of Flynn seemed to be based on a desire to “get Trump.”
According to a document filed by the DOJ last Friday, FBI agent William J. Barnett said he believed the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was “opaque” and “with little detail concerning specific evidence of criminal events.”
After six weeks of work on the Flynn investigation, Barnett said he was “still unsure of the basis of the investigation concerning Russia and the Trump campaign working together, without a specific criminal allegation.”
“Barnett believed Flynn lied in his interview to save his job, as that was the most plausible explanation and there was no evidence to contradict it,” the interview summary, stated. “Barnett believed the prosecution of Flynn by Mueller’s office was used as a means to ‘get Trump.’”
Barnett said he suggested they interview Flynn “and the case be closed unless derogatory information was obtained,” but he was “cautioned against” interviewing Flynn, due to concerns it would “alert Flynn as to the investigation.”
The interview summary stated that Barnett ran the request to interview Flynn “up the chain,” but said the request was denied, and described the FBI’s investigation into Flynn as “top down” — meaning that “direction concerning the investigation was coming from senior officials,” specifically then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who Barnett believed was “directing” the Flynn investigation, Fox News reported.
Documents released in Michael Flynn’s ongoing court case showed that other FBI employees were very concerned about agents’ potentially illegal behavior during the FBI’s investigation into the retired general. The internal FBI notes were disclosed in federal court filings last week from Sidney Powell, the attorney who heads Michael Flynn’s legal defense team.
Some agents were so concerned about the investigation, they purchased liability insurance to…