Sidney Powell, the attorney for retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn — a former Trump national security adviser and a former Defense Intelligence Agency chief during the Obama administration — will seek to have the case against her client thrown out due to “egregious government misconduct.”
Powell may have understated the situation.
Many Americans are very familiar with the controversial goings-on at the FBI during former Director Jim Comey’s time there as chief.
There were two agents involved in an extramarital affair while they were investigating then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. There was the infamous “insurance policy” against Trump’s election — which turned out to be the discredited Steele dossier. And there was the seeming politicization of the entire Obama Department of Justice against Trump — which may have stemmed directly from the top of that administration.
But Powell charges in a court filing that there was a direct and unethical altering of official reports to persecute an innocent man.
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In the court filing, Powell demanded on Monday that the FBI turn over all related documents to this case by searching its Sentinel database for any pertinent documents.
Specifically, Powell wants the report about the vital Jan. 24, 2017 meeting that Flynn had with FBI agents in the White House itself.
At that meeting, Flynn was reported by the bureau to have lied to agents about prior contacts he had with the Russian ambassador.
His entire case is based on that interview with the FBI.
However, new evidence has come to light that may prove that reports were changed to make it appear Flynn had broken the law when original notes by FBI agents directly from the interview found no evidence of misdeeds.
The Washington Post, in fact, ran a story the day before the meeting, on Jan. 23, 2017; it quoted sources that said Flynn’s phone had been tapped, that the call with the Russian ambassador had been monitored, and that there was no basis for prosecution on the matter.
But that is before the involvement of romantically involved and feverishly anti-Trump FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.
When Page saw that Strzok’s notes of the meeting did not directly incriminate Flynn, she made “edits” to the notes in the official FBI “302” report of the meeting.
After Page’s edits, Strzok then made further changes, apparently — inserting after the fact a statement that reported Flynn denied lobbying the Russian ambassador on a U.N. resolution regarding Israel.
(Representatives for Strzok and Page did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on this story, the outlet noted.)
The initial notes stated Flynn said he did not recall speaking to Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at all.
In her court filing, attorney Powell stated the final 302 was “materially different from the notes which state Flynn did not recall speaking to Kislyak on the U.N. vote issue.”
Powell further stated in the filing that the final and conceivably altered FBI notes “bear no signature and date as required by the FBI, casting doubt on their authenticity … If the signatures and dates are present in the originals, the government has unjustifiably redacted that information, possibly without leaving a black mark to disclose a redaction, which itself is a form of deception.”
The FBI counters that any changes were merely ones “largely grammatical and stylistic.”
But given the already disclosed poor ethical track record of the FBI agents involved, not to mention their admitted anti-Trump bias, that explanation does not hold water with many people in D.C. — and obviously not with Sidney Powell.
Flynn’s team awaits the judge’s decision on the motion to toss the case.
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