Turns Out Michael Flynn Was Never 'Masked' To Begin With
New report finds former national security adviser Michael Flynn's name was included in the FBI report from the beginning. Aired on 5/22/2020.
It's only a crime if you lie to the FBI about something central to an investigation and by the time Michael Flynn was questioned, agents had already concluded he had nothing to do with any Russian election meddling, NBC News' Pete Williams says. It was a perjury trap all along. #FoxNews #Hannity
FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), The Justice Department is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, whose lies about his contacts with Russia prompted Trump to fire him three years ago and special counsel Robert Mueller to flip him to cooperate in the Russia investigation.
The request to drop the case, filed with a federal judge in DC District Court, is a sudden end to a protracted legal battle that's lately been fertile ground for Trump to attack the early Russia investigation and former FBI leadership he dislikes.
The court must still formally approve the request.
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>>> BREAKING NEWS THIS HOUR, >>> BREAKING NEWS THIS HOUR, WE’RE LEARNING THAT FBI DIRECTOR CHRIS WRAY IS ORDERING AN INTERNAL REVIEW OF THE INVESTIGATION INTO FORMER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MIKE FLYNN, WHETHER THERE WAS ANY MISCONDUCT OF ANY CURRENT EMPLOYEES AT THE FBI AND WHAT IMPROVEMENTS IF ANY NEEDS TO BE MADE. SURROUNDING THE CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT TRUMP AND HIS ALLIES ARE PEDDLING THAT THE UNMASKING OF FLINN WAS PART OF A BIGGER PLOT AGAINST THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. QUOTE, WHEN THE FBI CIRCULATED THE REPORT THEY INCLUDED FLYNN’S NAME FROM THE BEGINNING BECAUSE IT WAS ESSENTIAL TO UNDERSTANDING ITS SIGNIFICANCE THAT’S ACCORDING TO A FORMER SENIOR U.S. OFFICIAL WHO SPOKE ANONYMOUSLY TO DESCRIBE SENSITIVE INTEL. QUOTE, THEREFORE NO REQUESTS OF THE UNMASKING OF THAT INFORMATION. LET’S BRING IN FRANK FIGLIUZZI. I MADE A QUICK COUNT ON MY FINGERS OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXAMINED THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. JOHN HUBER TAPPED WHEN JEFF SESSIONS STILL RAN DOJ TO LOOK INTO THE ORIGINS OF THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION. JOHN DURHAM HAS TURNED HIS PROBE INTO A CRIMINAL ONE. HOW INTEL COMMITTEE, SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE HAS LOOKED INTO THIS AND NOW WE HAVE CHRIS WRAY LOOKING AT THIS. WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR IN. >> WE ALSO HAD U.S. ATTORNEY JENSEN WHO LOOKED INTO THIS AND HE SAID IT’S PRETTY MUCH DONE. SO HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING -- THE FBI SUCCEEDS OR FAILS ON ITS KREBLTS. ITS CREDIBILITY HAS BEEN BASHED BY THE WHITE HOUSE AND OTHERS NOW FOR THREE YEARS. THIS IS A TIME NOW FOR THEM TO COME UP FOR AIR AND CHRISTOPHER WRAY EXERCISE THE AUTHORITIES HE CAN, HE HAS NO AUTHORITY OVER X EMPLOYEES WHETHER IT’S COMEY, McCABE, STRZOK OR PAGE, HE HAS TO KNOW WHETHER PRACTICES CAN BE IMPROVED, HE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THIS IN HIS OWN CONTEXT AND WHAT WE’RE SEEING IS, FBI INSPECTIONS CONDUCTING AN INTERNAL INQUIRY TO HELP RESTORE THE PUBLIC TRUST IN THE BUREAU THAT IT CAN TAKE CARE OF ITS OWN BUSINESS AND IT’S NOTHING MORE AND NOTHING LESS. THIS IS AN INTERNAL INQUIRY AND IF ANYTHING, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR YOU MIGHT GET IT. HE MIGHT CONCLUDE THAT EVERYTHING WAS BY THE BOOK. >> SOME PATTERNS HERE TO LOOK BACK AT, WHEN THE DOJ INSPECTOR GENERAL, I THINK HE’S THE ONLY STILL THERE HAD THAT DRAMATIC DAY OF TESTIMONY ABOUT THE FISA PROCESS, CHRISTOPHER WRAY WAS PUT ON HIS HEELS, YOU WERE ON THE AIR WITH ME TALKING ABOUT WHAT A MOMENT THIS WAS FOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY AND HE ACKNOWLEDGED THE MISTAKES, HE MADE ANNOUNCE THAMT THE BUREAU WILL REFORM ITSELF. AND HE DOES HAPPEN TO STILL BE THERE. DOES THAT BODE WELL FOR HIM OR IN THE EYE OF TRUMP WATCHERS PUT HIM IN THIS PRECARIOUS POSITION OF HIM ACTUALLY BEING INDEPENDENT? >> HE’S BETWEEN A ROCK AND HARD PLACE. YOU JUST HUNKER DOWN AND DO THE RIGHT THING. IT’S MY IMPRESSION THAT DIRECTOR WRAY IS TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND RUN THE AGENCY AS INDEPENDENTLY AS HE CAN. HIS AUTHORITIES ARE FOR INTERNAL INQUIRIES. I THINK HE’S WORKING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I THINK THIS INVESTIGATION WILL TELL US WHETHER THE FBI FOLLOWED ITS OWN RULES IN THE COURSE OF THE FLYNN INVESTIGATION. >> LET ME ASK YOU ONE MORE QUESTION, THEN ANOTHER HEADLINE TODAY, WHAT IS STILL UNKNOWN? ADAM SCHIFF TODAY CALLED FOR THAT CONVERSATION THE CONVERSATION THAT WE STILL HAVEN’T SEEN, THE TRANSCRIPT BETWEEN MIKE FLYNN AND RUSSIA AMBASSADOR KISYLAK. HE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH RUSSIA AMBASSADOR KISYLAK. FLYNN MADE COMMITMENTS OF EASING RESTRICTIONS. WE HAVE NEVER YOU UNDERSTOOD WHY HE LIED AT IT WHEN THE FBI CAME IN AND ASKED HIM ABOUT THAT CONVERSATION, BUT NEITHER HAVE WE EVER SEEN THE TRANSCRIPT OF THIS CALL. YOU HAVE ADAM SCHIFF CALLING FOR THAT ONE TO COME OUT. SUSAN RICE, HAD SOME HER E-MAILS DECLASSIFIED. IF TRANSPARENCY IS THE CURE, WHY NOT RELEASE THAT TRANSCRIPT BETWEEN FLYNN AND KISYLAK? >> INDEED, WHEN THE PRESIDENT HAS GIVEN ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR TO DECLASSIFY WHATEVER HE WANTS. IT TURNS OUT, HE’LL ONLY DECLASSIFY WHAT HELPS THE PRESIDENT. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR YOU MIGHT GET IT. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE POTENTIAL RELEASE OF A TRANSCRIPT BETWEEN MIKE FLYNN AND THE AMBASSADOR AND WE KNOW THAT SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM IS MAKING GREAT HEY OF THE HEARINGS HE’S GOING HOLD, IF YOU’RE GOING TO ACCUSE THESE PEOPLE OF UNMASKING OR GETTING THEIR HANDS ON FLYNN’S NAME, YOU BETTER BE PREPARED FOR THEM TO SAY IT WAS A COMPLETELY VALID REQUEST FOR