Skip to comments.Susan Rice’s Email Proves FBI Had No Legitimate Reason To Question Flynn
Posted on 05/20/2020 7:46:24 AM PDT by Kaslin
The recently declassified paragraph in Susan Rices email confirms the FBI had no valid investigative purpose for questioning Flynn on January 24, 2017.
Yesterdays release of Susan Rices inauguration-day email to herself provided further evidence of former President Barack Obamas participation in the FBIs targeting of Michael Flynn. The recently declassified paragraph in Rices email, however, proves significant for another reason: It confirms the FBI had no valid investigative purpose for questioning Flynn on January 24, 2017.
In February 2018, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham announced that as part of their efforts to conduct oversight of the FBI and DOJ they had discovered a partially unclassified email sent by President Obamas former National Security Advisor (NSA) Susan Rice to herself on January 20, 2017President Trumps inauguration day.
At the time, the Republican senators noted that in her email Rice purport[ed] to document a meeting that had taken place more than two weeks before, on January 5, 2017, and then quoted the unclassified portions of the document:
On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.
President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities by the book. The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.
From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.
The next paragraph was redacted, but Rice then concluded by writing, The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team.
On Tuesday, the previously redacted paragraph was declassified, and buried behind the blackout were details of the Obama administrations focus on Flynn:
Director Comey affirmed that he is proceeding by the book as it relates to law enforcement. From a national security perspective, Comey said he does have some concerns that incoming NSA Flynn is speaking frequently with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. Comey said that could be an issue as it relates to sharing sensitive information. President Obama asked if Comey was saying that the NSC should not pass sensitive information related to Russia to Flynn. Comey replied potentially. He added that he has no indication thus far that Flynn has passed classified information to Kislyak, but he noted that the level of communication is unusual.
This paragraph reveals several significant details. First, Comey distinguished between law enforcement and national security, and was not proceeding by the book related to the latter. Second, Obama knew of Comeys intent and condoned the withholding of information from the incoming administration.
Now, thanks to the additional declassification, we know the purported concerns about Flynn were specific: Comey told President Obama he was concerned about the level of communication with Kislyak and raised the possibility that Flynn might pass classified information to Kislyak.
Of course, it would be entirely normal and appropriate for Flynn to speak with the Russian ambassador as part of the Trump transition team, and there is no reason to believe Flynn would share classified information with Kislyak. In fact, we know from the FBIs closing memorandum on Flynn that a thorough investigation had revealed no derogatory information.
But Comey cautioned Obama otherwise. Why? And why did Rice belatedly document this conversation?
Possibility one: Comey, and in turn Rice and Obama, truly believed Flynn was compromised and might hand classified information to the Russians. But if that was the case, it was inexcusable for Comey not to brief President-elect Trump on that fear. And it was inexcusable for then-President Obama not to direct Comey to provide that briefing.
The second possibility is that no one suspected Flynn of being a Russian agent, but the FBI needed a pretext to continue to investigate Flynn so it could justify withholding details of the broader Crossfire Hurricane investigation from Flynn and thereby Trump. Either possibility is a huge political scandal that runs right through Comey to Obama.
However, there is a second significance to the details released yesterday, namely the declassified paragraph, when read together with other recently released documents, confirms that when FBI Agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka questioned Flynn on January 24, 2017, the FBI had no valid investigative purpose.
It was during that January 24, 2017 questioning of Flynn that the retired general purportedly lied to Strzok and Pientka about his conversations with Kislyak. In late 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, but later sought to withdraw his guilty plea.
While that motion was pending, U.S. Attorney General William Barr ordered an independent review of the Flynn prosecution. That review, conducted by Missouri-based U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen, revealed the lead prosecuting attorneya hold-over from the special counsels officeBrandon Van Grack, had withheld exculpatory evidence from Flynns attorneys. That evidence included a January 4, 2017, FBI memorandum closing the investigation into Flynn and a series of text messages showing Strzok short-circuited the case closing by orders from above.
Also uncovered were handwritten notes discussing the FBIs planned January 24, 2017 interview of Flynn, and scribbles questioning the motive: Was it to get the truth? Or was it to get Flynn to lie to get him prosecuted or fired?
That evidence, and Jensens independent investigation, led the DOJ to conclude that the January 24, 2017 interview was not conducted with a legitimate investigative basis and therefore, even if Flynn made false statements, they were not material. Based on this conclusion, the D.C. U.S. attorney filed a motion to dismiss the criminal charge against Flynn.
Rather than toss out the criminal charge, however, presiding Judge Emmet Sullivan appointed a biased former judge as an amicus curiae to argue against dismissal. Yesterday, Flynns attorney Sidney Powell filed an emergency petition (called a petition for a writ of mandamus) with the D.C. Circuit Court, asking the appellate court to direct Sullivanor a newly assigned judgeto dismiss the charge.
Meanwhile, outside the courtroom, pundits have been debating the propriety of the motion to dismiss. Those condemning Barrs decision to drop the charge against Flynn have argued that the FBIs ongoing Russia collusion investigation provided FBI agents a proper predicate to question Flynn. While the FBI may have intended to close the investigation into Flynn on January 4, 2017, critics argue, the discovery of Flynns conversations with Kislyak raised new questions related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, justifying the questioning of Flynn.
Rices email spoils that talking point, because she lays out Comeys supposed counterintelligence concern: that Flynn may be passing classified information to Russia. But between January 5, 2017, when Comey told Obama about his misgivings, and January 24, 2017, when the FBI questioned Flynn, the FBI must have ruled out that possibility.
How do we know? Because the handwritten notes discussing the purpose of the interview were silent on that possibility. Bill Priestap, the former FBI counterintelligence head, after asking if the FBIs goal was truth or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired, spoke of getting Flynn to admit [his] wrongdoing. And the only wrongdoing suggested was the Logan Actan antiquated and most assuredly unconstitutional law that no one even pretends would serve as the basis for a legitimate investigation.
So, contrary to the lefts current talking points, the discovery of Flynns conversations with Kislyak did not provide a basis to question Flynn on January 24, 2017, because the FBI had already ruled out any connection between those conversations and the Russia collusion investigation. And there was no other proper investigative purpose to questioning Flynn. That is why the government sought to dismiss the charge against Flynn.
Whether, and when, the government will be able to do so, remains unclear. But we should know more later today on the schedule the D.C. Circuit sets for resolving Flynns petition for a writ of mandamus.
Prosecute treason, sedition and violations of the oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
That e mail demonstrates that Susan Rice is a self admitted criminal.
All the more reason this judge should stop being an a*s.
By the book, LOL.
Walk in the door today and out of the blue tell your wife that you carefully followed your wedding vows today, word for word. Note the look she gives you.
Guilty dog barks first.
Or to use a swat team to haul him out of his house at 4am and surprise surprise, the lame stream media was there to report it.
You’d have to prove to me this judge is NOT getting his marching orders directly from obama
Prosecute a double minority?...that would be a neat trick indeed my friend. Lindsey Graham is already gettin’ weak knees.
Sue walked in and yelled-”Don’t pay the ransom, honey-I got away!”
By the book . So if you do not do anything wrong why mention “by the book” a couple of times.
Rice, Jarrett, bozo, Biden, Comey and the rest need to face justice.
They are thick as thieves
Jarrett , bozo etc are still doing a coup.
Either you had a serious concern or you didn't. And Comey didn't. Mere speculation on Comey's part......BUT....knowing Comey....he was laying the groundwork to go after Flynn.
Same MO where Comey set up the President with his memos when they met at the Whitehouse on January 6th. Damn....the day after the Jan 5th meeting.
I'll have to go back because IIRC, the President supposedly told Comey to stop with the Flynn investigation and Comey used it against the President as a "gotcha".
Watching this timeline...I'd have to say that Rice's memo was "one big fat lie"....and that's not what happened at all at that meeting.
It does prove that but it also proves a lot of other important points. It proves Obama and Biden were directly involved in the decision making on the Flynn investigation despite earlier claims that they were not. In addition it proves that it was not by the books since Obama himself is on record stating that the President never meets with the FBI Director about any case.
How dare you besmirch those upstanding patriots!
You betcha they are
As I see it:
Crossfire Hurricane Obamas team is spying on Trumps team illegally. They want to make sure Flynn does not find out.
Comey pretends (Jan 5 2017) to be worried that Flynn is passing classified info to Russia.
But when the FBI interviewed Flynn (Jan 24 2017) they didnt raise that as an issue. They were no longer interested in collusion. They were focused on finding a process crime with Flynn so that he could be ousted and kept away from the Crossfire Hurricane stuff.
Rices email reveals a basic mismatch between the stated goal and the actual goal.
‘Comey told President Obama he was concerned about the level of communication with Kislyak...’
What’s the appropriate level? Does he monitor all NSA interactions?
It’s an attempt to craft a present sense impression. I think any person legally minded knows how laughable it is.
It’s like BP after the oil spill having emails where the management states repeatedly “safety is our top concern” entered as evidence that there were no safety violations.
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