Senate ask for transcript of Flynn's conversation with Russian ambassador. Grassley also wants to see if Flynn referred to it in talks with FBI
President Trump’s former attorney says there are “reports” that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn referred to his own wiretap when he was interviewed by two FBI agents in January 2017.If this turns out to be true, then the case against Flynn should be dismissed and teh court should consider sanctions against teh Mueller team members responsible for bringing the case. If they are current members of the DOJ who have been assigned to Mueller, such actions should lead to their being fired.
If the information from attorney John Dowd is correct, it would add to the body of evidence that Mr. Flynn was not deceptive because he knew the FBI knew everything he had said.
He pleaded guilty last December to one charge of providing false information to the agents and is awaiting sentencing.
Since then, an air of mystery has surrounded his plea.
Fired FBI director James Comey has told two congressional committees that agents didn’t believe Mr. Flynn purposely misled them when he denied talking about two topics with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak––Obama-ordered sanctions and a pending United Nations vote. He had in fact discussed those two issues.
Mr. Comey, on a book tour for “A Higher Loyalty,” denies he ever made those statements, prompting Republicans to release his closed-door remarks from last year.
Mr. Dowd referred to “reports” in a letter to the editor on Monday in the Wall Street Journal.
He told The Washington Times that he heard the information while defending Mr. Trump in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.
“Congress needs the FBI ‘302’ report of the Flynn interview,” Mr. Dowd wrote. “There are reports that Gen. Flynn referred to the FISA wiretap of Ambassador Sergey Kislyak conversation at the outset of the FBI interview. If those reports are true, his reference to the complete and accurate wiretap precludes any charge of false statement.”
FISA is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act under which it is assumed that the FBI maintained a wiretap on Mr. Kislyak as the agent of a foreign country.
Mr. Dowd said the District Court judge should never have accepted the plea obtained by Mr. Mueller.
“The Flynn plea on Dec. 1, 2017, was improvident and should not have been accepted by the court,” he wrote. “A provident plea to 18 USC § 1001 (false statement to FBI) has two elements: A) that it be false; B) that it be material to the inquiry. The Mueller investigation concerned possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election campaign that ended Nov. 8, 2016.