President Donald Trump and his allies have long accused former FBI Director James Comey of conspiring to undermine his campaign as well as his administration — and now there is new evidence to back it up.
Shocking documents appear to show that Comey had an unusually substantial level of involvement in discussions with former President Barack Obama about investigating Michael Flynn, a former FBI official told Just the News.
New evidence emerges
During the final days of Obama’s presidency, he and his closest advisers had high-level conversations about phone calls that Flynn, Trump’s incoming National Security adviser, had with a Russian ambassador. The FBI kept an investigation into Flynn open, despite failing to find “derogatory” information,” as Fox News noted in April.
On Wednesday, hand-written notes from around that time period, authored by disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok, revealed an even more damning level of deliberation by Obama and his aides, including Comey, who attested that Flynn’s calls with the aforementioned ambassador “appear[ed] legit.”
But then-Vice President Joe Biden, who has pled ignorance of the investigation into Flynn, personally suggested having Flynn probed for violating the esoteric Logan Act, and Barack Obama said he wanted the “right people” to look into Flynn, according to the notes.
According to a former FBI official, the notes reveal an illicit level of involvement from Comey, who had no legitimate justification to keep investigating Flynn.
“Comey is quoted in the notes as saying the Kislyak call appeared legit. At that point he should have gotten up and left the room,” former FBI Assistant Director for Intelligence Kevin Brock said, according to Just the News. “The FBI had no business being represented in that meeting. It did not have a counterintelligence interest any longer.
“It was a political meeting about a policy dispute, and the bureau had no business being involved,” Brock added. “No other FBI director would ever have attended such a meeting.”
“No business being involved”
The Justice Department moved to drop its case against Michael Flynn for lying to investigators in May, according to Politico, arguing that the counterintelligence investigation of Flynn and his January 2017 interview by the FBI, were not legally justified.
Flynn and his supporters assert that he was essentially set up at the interview, which centered on the phone calls — calls of which the FBI already had transcripts, and which apparently were not considered suspicious by Comey.
After a long and tumultuous ordeal, Flynn got some good news on Wednesday as a federal appeals panel ordered District Judge Emmet Sullivan to drop the case once and for all, despite his previous refusal to do so.
The key question that remains, however, is exactly why Comey was so entrenched in those 2017 deliberations.