Former GOP congressman Trey Gowdy just went nuclear on the FBI officials involved in the investigation of retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who briefly served as President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor in early 2017.
“They had no evidence that Michael Flynn was an agent of a foreign government,” the former prosecutor said. “They opened the investigation in the summer of 2016. They’ve got zero evidence.”
Gowdy’s comments came during an appearance on Fox News with host Shannon Bream on Thursday night, The Washington Examiner reported, following a major development this week in the Flynn case.
On Wednesday, the Department of Justice released documents from the Flynn investigation which show that, in early January 2017, former FBI agent Peter Strzok stopped the agency from ending the investigation even after it determined that there was no “derogatory information” on Flynn.
That’s bad enough. But what is even worse is that the released documents demonstrate that the FBI, under the control of former Directors James Comey and Andrew McCabe, conducted their January 2017 interview of Flynn with the purpose of getting him to lie so he could be forced out. (National Review’s Andrew McCarthy has a good article explaining why they did that — you can read it here.)
To these misstatements, about his conversations with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak, Flynn later pleaded guilty — a plea which, in light of recent developments, he is trying to withdraw.
These revelations are not sitting well with many who now are seeing what happened to Flynn as a perjury trap. And this includes Mr. Gowdy.
“This is not the way law enforcement officers proceed,” Gowdy said, according to the Examiner.
“It’s not the department of ‘let’s see if we can get away with it,'” he said. “Remember, Jim Comey told that giggling gaggle of liberals at that little interview he had, ‘I did it because I could get away with it.'”
Gowdy contrasted what happened, as demonstrated in the released documents, with how an agency such as the FBI is supposed to go about its business.
“Here’s what the FBI agent should’ve done,” he said. “Gen. Flynn, whether you remember saying it or not, here’s the transcript, here’s a recording of the call you had with the ambassador. Maybe this will refresh your recollection. Who told you to call the Russian ambassador? Who told you to do what you did? That’s how you would run a true counterintelligence investigation.”
But, of course, that isn’t what happened, and now Flynn is facing prison time. It’s about time that some of these “bad cops” get some prison time of their own.