The disclosure of documents, which had been hidden by the FBI, regarding their tactics in framing up President Trump's first National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn, demonstrates a clear pattern of illegal activity by high-level operatives, who zealously engaged in what is rightfully described as a coup plot against the President. The documents were disclosed in the last days by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Jeffrey Jenson, who had been tasked by Attorney General William Barr to review whether the FBI or Justice Department (DOJ) had withheld exculpatory evidence in the Flynn case. According to Flynn's lead attorney, Sidney Powell, these documents demonstrate a plan to frame up Flynn, run by FBI Director Jim Comey and his leading subordinates, including Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and agents Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, Joe Pientka and Lisa Page, among others.
Flynn, who entered a guilty plea in December 2017, filed a motion to withdraw it in January 2020, saying he was "innocent of this crime", and was coerced to enter a plea by threats that his son would be charged with a crime unless he submitted. Attorney Powell, in commenting on these documents, described them as "stunning Brady evidence", proving that he was set up and framed. (1.) The FBI, she said, is exposed as having "pre-planned a deliberate attack on General Flynn." They "planned it as a perjury trap at best...and put it in writing stating 'What is our goal [in interrogating Flynn]? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired'."
The documents include hand-written notes and text messages outlining a strategy to catch Flynn in a lie during a meeting at the White House on January 24, 2017, just days after Trump was inaugurated. The planning included instructions to put him at ease, by not advising him he could have an attorney present; by not informing him he was a target of investigation; and by not revealing they had a transcript of his call with Russian Ambassador Kisylak, which they used in shaping the questions designed to catch him in a lie. The documents also reveal that the initial 302 Report filed after the meeting disappeared, and was replaced by a version doctored by both Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.
The agents who conducted the interrogation, Strzok and Pientka, initially stated they believed that Flynn had not lied to them.
In response to these revelations, President Trump, who was the main target of nearly three years of fraudulent charges encompassed by "Russiagate", tweeted on April 30, "What happened to General Michael Flynn, a war hero, should never be allowed to happen to a citizen of the United States again." A first step to insure that this level of criminal corruption by intelligence and law enforcement officials is not repeated is to bring charges against those responsible, to confirm that such illegal actions by government officials will not be tolerated.
At the center of this operation was former FBI Director, James Comey, who was fired by Trump on May 9, 2017, an act which triggered the decision to bring in Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate "Russian meddling" and "Trump collusion". Comey, who had set up a "Get Trump" task force in the summer of 2016, organized in collaboration with then-CIA Director John Brennan and Obama's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, had a private meeting with Trump on January 6, 2017, in which he informed Trump of the existence of the memos written by former MI6 operative Christopher Steele, which alleged that Russia's President Putin had videos of Trump engaged in a sex romp at a Moscow hotel. The Steele dossier had already been discredited prior to this meeting, yet Comey used it in what he later described as a "J. Edgar Hoover moment", referring to the former FBI director who routinely used such material to blackmail presidents and elected officials.
Regarding the Flynn case, Comey admitted he sent two agents, Strzok and Pientka, to the White House, to interrogate Flynn. He said he did so to take advantage of the disorganization of the Trump team as it was taking office. "I probably wouldn't have done or maybe gotten away with it in a...more organized administration," he smugly stated in an interview in December 2018.
Among the incriminating evidence in the newly-disclosed documents is that Peter Strzok intervened during the days before the Trump inauguration, at the same time as Comey's "J. Edgar Hoover moment", to reopen the case against Flynn. It had been closed on January 4, 2017 when it was concluded that there was "no derogatory information" on Flynn. Strzok's action to reopen the case is coherent with his role going back to the opening of the "Get Trump" task force, when he was exchanging text messages with his mistress, and fellow task force member, FBI attorney Lisa Page, promising that they would not allow for Trump's election, but that if he were to win, they would have the Russiagate story as "an insurance policy." Many of the messages exchanged by the two are still classified, or highly redacted.
FLYNN AND RUSSIA
As we have been reporting since the time of Trump's election, what prompted the whole fake Russiagate narrative and its goal of a regime change putsch against Trump was the fear of the establishment that his election would lead to a rejection of the ongoing British-directed strategy of geopolitical confrontation with Russia. Trump pledged repeatedly during his campaign that he would seek to end the "endless wars" carried on under President G.W. Bush and Obama, through cooperation with Russia's President Putin. When Comey's intervention with Trump showed that he would not submit to blackmail—as he knew the Steele story was fake—the Obama intelligence team went into a manic drive against Russia and Trump, to undermine his stated desire to work with Putin.
Flynn's choice by Trump as National Security Advisor heightened their panic, as Flynn was known to favor improved relations with Russia. Further, he had been highly critical of the Obama administration's so-called counter-terror policy when he was Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was fired by Obama when he came forward with evidence that U.S. intelligence teams and contractors had been providing weapons and training to ISIS and Al Qaeda forces in Syria, to support the administration's efforts at regime change there. To have a National Security Advisor in office who know where the proverbial "bodies were buried" would be a disaster for those who had conducted U.S. policy in previous administrations, who used lies, false flags and provocations to keep the U.S. engaged in wars.
The targeting of Flynn included lies spread by U.S. intelligence operative Stephan Halper, who claimed he had fallen for a Russian "honey trap" (that is, sexual compromise) in February 2014. Halper was deeply involved in sting operations conducted on behalf of British and U.S. intelligence operations against Trump officials, including Flynn and George Papadopoulos.
Removing Flynn appears, in retrospect, to have been crucial in constraining Trump from pursuing a closer relationship with Putin. In addition to the fraudulent Russiagate narrative, which was given full support by the mainstream media, the Trump administration was dominated by holdovers from the Bush and Obama administrations, and appointment of officials who were part of the old geopolitical establishment, who pushed hard-line anti-Russia and anti-China policies, designed to undermine Trump's intentions. This includes the appointments of war hawks such as John Bolton, present Defense Secretary Esper and Secretary of State Pompeo, who presently is playing a leading role in whipping up anti-China hysteria.
MORE TO COME?
The silence in the media in the days after the disclosure of these documents speaks volumes about the corruption of the so-called free press. A weak attempt to refute the charges of Powell and others was published in the May 1 anti-trump Washington Post, which cited "anonymous sources" who said it is unlikely that the judge in the Flynn case would accept the withdrawal of his plea or grant a new trial. There remains the possibility that, in the absence of such a development, President Trump may issue a pardon, as he has implied he might.
But to overcome the damage done by Russiagate and the subsequent fraud of Trump's impeachment by the U.S. House in Ukrainegate, it is necessary that a full disclosure of these crimes takes place, and the guilty parties be put on trial. In discussing these revelations, Powell explicitly demanded that this occur. In accusing the FBI/DOJ of withholding exculpatory evidence required under Brady, she accused them of "not only to try to convict an innocent man, but to hide their own crimes."
In the background, there are rumblings that the investigation being conducted by John Durham may be reaching a conclusion, which would uncover such crimes. Durham was appointed by Attorney General Barr, to investigate how the Russiagate story unfolded, and whether it includes crimes committed in pursuit of smearing, or removing a President, and targeting his allies. The DOJ Inspector General Horowitz has already released a damning report on legal violations committed by the FBI in the FISA Court process, which recounted 17 cases of fraud committed to gain surveillance warrants against the Trump campaign. Horowitz did not have the authority to press charges based on his discoveries.
On April 10, Barr stated, "My own view is that the evidence shows that we're not dealing with just mistakes and sloppiness...there was something far more troubling here. We're going to get to the bottom of it. And if people broke the law and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted."
Given the serious danger of war with China, coming from the continued provocations of this anti-Trump network, it is essential that Barr's team follow through as quickly as possible with his pledge.
1. Brady evidence includes witness statements or physical evidence that conflicts with the prosecution's witnesses and evidence that could allow the defense to impeach the credibility of the prosecution's witness and evidence. The deliberate withholding of such evidence is often the basis for overturning convictions resulting from such prosecutorial fraud.