On December 29, 2016, former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn was vacationing with his family in the Dominican Republic just weeks before the inauguration of Donald Trump. That’s when he received a phone call from Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Earlier that day, then-President Barack Obama forced the closure of Russian-owned compounds in New York and Maryland used by the country’s diplomats as punishment for election hacking efforts. Could that have been to bait Kislyak into calling Flynn regarding the volatile situation? The timing was perfect, as Flynn’s secure communications options would’ve been limited on foreign soil in comparison to those available to him on U.S. soil. If there were any time to spy on the man, it was then.
Most important of all, it would fit the Russia narrative, too. Luckily for the Obama Administration, Flynn took the call.
Unfortunately for Flynn, the call alone wouldn’t have gotten him in trouble, if it wasn’t for the trap the FBI laid for him afterwards. Flynn was questioned by the FBI in mid-January about that phone conversation (and another earlier conversation with Kislyak) by Peter Strzok, and other agents. Strzok couldn’t have been questioning Flynn to get any new information, because he had a transcript of Flynn’s conversation with Kislyak in front of himself. In other words, he was quizzing Flynn on the contents of one of his own conversations.
And why? In hopes that Flynn would deviate from the script to open up the possibility of charging him with “making false statements to the FBI.” The strategy worked – and there’s more evidence now that it’s no conspiracy that’s exactly what happened.
According to the Washington Examiner,
In March 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed a number of Capitol Hill lawmakers on the Trump-Russia investigation. One topic of intense interest was the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump White House national security adviser who resigned under pressure on Feb. 13 after just 24 days in the job.
“The Jan. 24 interview potentially puts Flynn in legal jeopardy,” the Washington Post reported in February. “Lying to the FBI is a felony offense.”
There was also a lot of concern in Congress, at least among Republicans, about the leak of the wiretapped Flynn-Kislyak conversation. So in March, lawmakers wanted Comey to tell them what was up. And what they heard from the director did not match what they were hearing in the media.
According to two sources familiar with the meetings, Comey told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn had lied to them, or that any inaccuracies in his answers were intentional. As a result, some of those in attendance came away with the impression that Flynn would not be charged with a crime pertaining to the Jan. 24 interview.
So, why is it that Flynn has since plead guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI, when the former head of the FBI said he doesn’t believe Flynn did any such thing? Because someone wanted Flynn to take the fall, it’s just a question of who…
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