The U.S. Department of Justice announced in May that it would be dropping a case against former national security adviser Mike Flynn. Newly released information from the FBI suggests why federal investigators reached that decision.
A series of text messages released to Flynn’s legal defense team reveals a state of confusion and embarrassment among agents regarding the motivation for a continued investigation, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“Long known to the agents”
“Great!” President Donald Trump tweeted in June when an appeals court upheld the Justice Department’s request to drop the case against his former national security adviser.
News of the released messages came on Thursday in a court filing by the retired U.S. Army general’s attorneys.
“These documents provide information long known to the agents and others at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI; information long concealed by the Special Counsel and FBI,” the statement asserted.
Flynn’s lawyers went on to claim that the “evidence shows outrageous, deliberate misconduct” by federal authorities who were “playing games with the life of a national hero.”
The probe into Flynn’s alleged association with a Russian operative, dubbed Crossfire Razor, was nearly shut down on two occasions only to ultimately remain ongoing both time, according to the new documents.
“Trump was right”
“So glad they’re closing Razor,” read one text, sent on Nov. 8, 2016.
The Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy chronicled frequent discussions of an administrative subpoena known as a national security letter, with one individual stating that such documents “bought time” in order to continue the investigation. Flynn’s attorneys argued that “this shows their recognition that the issuance or request for national security letters for General Flynn’s financial information was a ruse to get more time to keep the ‘investigation’ against him open.”
Multiple text messages appear to support the notion that the letters were not sent in good faith.
One individual asked what agents “expect to get” and an analyst warned that “if we’re concerned about sensitivity/leaks, might not want to send NSLs that we don’t really intend on using.”
Yet another message asserted that “Trump was right” and asked “why do we do this to ourselves.” Millions of Trump voters are, for once, likely in full agreement.