FBI agents manipulated Flynn file, as Clapper allegedly urged ‘kill shot’: court filing

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FBI agents manipulated Flynn file, as Clapper allegedly urged ‘kill shot’: court filing

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An explosive new court filing from  Michael Flynn’s legal team alleges that FBI agents manipulated official records of the former national security adviser’s 2017 interview that led to him being charged with lying to investigators. It's Flynn's lawyers latest attempt to get the case thrown out.

Sidney Powell, Flynn’s attorney, filed a 37-page motion on Thursday, outlining several big allegations, once again requesting the government produce all evidence as it relates to Flynn  — urging the court to “dismiss the entire prosecution for outrageous government misconduct” and hold the prosecutors in contempt.


The entire case stemmed from that FBI interview where Flynn was asked about his conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to making false statements regarding those conversations during his interview, as part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

But as his legal team goes on offense in the long-running and still unresolved court proceedings, Powell alleged that FBI officials manipulated Flynn’s FBI 302 — a form used by agents to report or summarize interviews. It's not clear who may have done the alleged editing, though ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok was involved in the original interview.

“Those changes added an unequivocal statement that ‘Flynn stated he did not’ — in response to whether Mr. Flynn had asked Kislyak to vote in a certain manner or slow down the UN vote [on sanctions],” Powell wrote. “This is a deceptive manipulation because, as the notes of the agents show, Mr. Flynn was not even sure he had spoken to Russia/Kislyak on the issue. He had talked to dozens of countries.”

Powell also alleged that agents added: “or if Kislyak described any Russian response to a request by Flynn.”

“That question and answer does not appear in the notes, yet it was made into a criminal offense,” Powell wrote. “The draft also shows that the agents moved a sentence to make it seem to be an answer to a question it was not.”

Powell also raised concerns about text messages between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page days following the publication of the salacious anti-Trump dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through law firm Perkins Coie.

As the coverage of the dossier spread in the media, the filing said, "Strzok wrote to Page: ‘Sitting with Bill watching CNN. A TON more out…We’re discussing whether, now that this is out, we can use it as a pretext to go interview some people.’”

“In the next two weeks, there were ‘many meetings’ between Strzok and [former Deputy FBI Director Andrew] McCabe to discuss ‘whether to interview National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and if so, what interview strategies to use,’” the document continued.

Powell alleged that on Jan. 23, 2017 – the day before the FBI interviewed Flynn at the White House – “the upper echelon of the FBI met to orchestrate” strategies that would have Flynn talk “in such a way as to keep from alerting him from understanding that he was being interviewed in a criminal investigation of which he was the target.”

“In short, they planned to deceive him about the entire scenario, and keep him ‘unguarded,’” Powell claimed.

Powell went on to allege that, at former FBI Director James Comey’s direction, McCabe “personally called Flynn to pave the way for the uncounseled conversation.”

While saying "Comey and McCabe were executing their own agenda—not investigating a crime," she continued to claim the government is hiding evidence "of the original 302, other exculpatory texts, and other forms of information completely.”

Whether the combative filings will persuade the court in a case where Flynn has already pleaded guilty remains to be seen.

Prosecutors have strongly rejected claims they're hiding evidence , saying "the government has exceeded its discovery and disclosure obligations in this matter," including by providing Flynn with thousands of pages of documents.

Federal prosecutors earlier this month called the defense's filings a “fishing expedition.”

“Since the beginning of their involvement, the defendant’s new counsel, have sought to get the charges dropped, professed their client’s actual innocence, and perpetuated conspiracy theories, all while stating that the defendant does not intend to withdraw his guilty plea,” they wrote.

But Powell is also hammering the FBI and DOJ over media leaks, citing a text message from Strzok to Page in April 2017: “I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go.”

Powell also referenced a purported conversation between former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Washington Post reporter David Ignatius, claiming Clapper told the reporter “words to the effect of 'take the kill shot on Flynn,'” after he reportedly obtained the transcript of Flynn’s phone calls.

A spokesman for Clapper, though, told Fox News that he "absolutely did not say those words to David Ignatius."

"It's absolutely false," the spokesman said. "It's absurd."

Ignatius did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Powell also claims that the official who leaked the transcripts of the calls to Ignatius was a Pentagon official who was Stefan Halper’s “handler.”

Halper, an American professor, has been widely reported as a confidential source for the FBI during the bureau’s original investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Halper, in 2016, contacted several members of the Trump campaign including former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and former aides Carter Page and Sam Clovis.

“The evidence the defense requests will eviscerate any factual basis for the plea and reveal the conduct so outrageous—if there is not enough already—to mandate dismissal of this prosecution for egregious government misconduct,” Powell wrote.

Also in the filing, Powell referenced U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras, who accepted Flynn’s guilty plea just days before he was “suddenly and inexplicably recused.”

Fox News reported last year that Contreras and Strzok had a personal relationship, according to text messages obtained.

“The government knew that well in advance of Mr. Flynn’s plea that Judge Contreras was a friend of Peter Strzok and his recusal was even discussed in an exchange of multiple texts,” Powell wrote, referencing text messages between Strzok and Page where they discussed Strzok and Contreras speaking “in detail” on anything “meaningful enough to warrant recusal.”

Representatives for Strzok and Page did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Powell’s filing is just the latest in a series of motions brought to the court on behalf of Flynn. Last week, Powell demanded federal prosecutors turn over two cellphones used by Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud, whose role in the Trump-Russia investigation has long been shrouded in mystery.

Powell’s defense of Flynn has caused an escalating battle with the government, with Flynn’s sentencing still up in the air for his guilty plea. The government said in late August that the case was ready for sentencing, after months of delay. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has set a Dec. 18 sentencing date, though it’s unclear whether it could be pushed off again.


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The People's Fish
1  seeder  The People's Fish    4 months ago

They screwed a guy that dedicated his life to our country to fluff the Russia hoax?

What dirtbags!

Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  The People's Fish @1    4 months ago

And this is just the beginning. Think of all the juicy morsels of corruption that will soon be revealed on a daily basis.

2  XDm9mm    4 months ago

I'd like to see John Durham turned loose on the inner workings of that scenario after he's done with the very likely upcoming prosecutions.

Durham rooted out the corruption in the Boston office and I'm sure he could root it out of Washington as well.  I would hate to be in that mans crosshairs if I thought I even ventured near the line of no return.

3  bbl-1    4 months ago

FSB at work here. 

3.1  loki12  replied to  bbl-1 @3    4 months ago

That is a insult to the fine members of the FBI, there are a lot of those, but FSB accurately describes Clapper, Brennan and Putins Cockholster Obama, 

3.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  loki12 @3.1    4 months ago

No.  That would be not them in your accusations.  Rather, those who purposely deny the truth.  Of which you would be-----------------?

3.1.2  loki12  replied to  bbl-1 @3.1.1    4 months ago

So Putins Cockholster didn't give Putin a large chunk of Ukraine....and then refuse to sell them offensive weapons to fight back?

Putins Cockholster didn't allow the Russian military to bomb US backed fighters in Syria....AND their US trainers that he had sent into harms way?

Putins Cockholster didn't allow Russia to interfere with the 2016 election and only responded with.....I'm no longer swallowing if you don't knock it off?

Sounds Very FSB to me...Maybe you have a different definition?

3.1.3  bbl-1  replied to  loki12 @3.1.2    4 months ago

love the 'cock'?

All you got?

3.1.4  loki12  replied to  bbl-1 @3.1.3    4 months ago

At least you picked the important part. (s)

3.1.5  bbl-1  replied to  loki12 @3.1.4    4 months ago

No.  The choice lies with you.

The People's Fish
3.1.6  seeder  The People's Fish  replied to  bbl-1 @3.1.5    4 months ago

Your idols are going to the pokey.

Will you visit or put money in their commissary?

3.1.7  JBB  replied to  The People's Fish @3.1.6    4 months ago

This bullshit Trump and Barr are trying to pull off would make Olde Joe McCarthy and his henchmen Roy Cohn and Dick Nixon cringe. What they want is a real "Witch Hunt" to persecute the low and mid level employees at the CIA, FBI, Justice Department and other intelligence agencies who were just doing their jobs while Trump & Co were engaging in over 100 highly questionable and likely illegal interactions with know agents of Russian State Intelligence Services. Does Trump's bloody vindictiveness have no end? Have he and his supporters no shame? Is there nobody they will not try to ruin? The people they are going to destroy with this are just innocent work-a-day civil servants.

It was for just exactly this kind of abuse of power and conflicts of interest that our founders gave Congress the power of imimpeachment. Conspiring with a foreign government to illegally interfer in our elections is the very worst sort of high crime they ever imagined a future President would be so low as to go. So, Trump must be impeached, convicted and removed immediately now...

BTFW, it was bullshit just like this crapthat finally wore the public out with both McCarthy and Nixon. At long last, they plainly had no decency. No decency at all.

It got to the point where McCarthy, Cohn and Nixon were destroying the lives and careers of hardworking career diplomats, security officers and civil servants as if they were our real enemies. They were not, butt In the bitter end it ruined them all. . Nixon did not learn, tried pulling that shit in office and it caused his downfall.

The People's Fish
3.1.8  seeder  The People's Fish  replied to  JBB @3.1.7    4 months ago

Your party spied, lied and got caught. Now your idols are going to the pokey and getting remarried to a guy named Vern who's going to tattoo his name on their ass to show all the other anal conquistadors it's his property.

3.1.9  lib50  replied to  The People's Fish @3.1.8    4 months ago

It's Barr who will be going through the 'John Mitchell' experience soon.  He isn't even attempting to be the USAG, he is all in as Trump's personal AG fixer and will be indicted when this all comes out.   His bullshit conspiracy tail chasing will be part of the case

3.1.10  Texan1211  replied to  lib50 @3.1.9    4 months ago
It's Barr who will be going through the 'John Mitchell' experience soon.  He isn't even attempting to be the USAG, he is all in as Trump's personal AG fixer and will be indicted when this all comes out.   His bullshit conspiracy tail chasing will be part of the case

The left's predictions on Trump are notoriously bad.

The People's Fish
3.1.11  seeder  The People's Fish  replied to  lib50 @3.1.9    4 months ago

AG Barr has an impeccable bipartison record and is well respected. The current disrespect is of no consequence. Moonbats will be moonats.

The democrat attempt to overturn the 2016 failed. She lost. Accept it!

3.1.12  lib50  replied to  The People's Fish @3.1.11    4 months ago

Lol, sure, fish, sure.  

3.2  Ronin2  replied to  bbl-1 @3    4 months ago

So entrapment, tampering with evidence, and withholding evidence is OK in leftist land?

So long as it is against anyone with a R behind there name that is.

4  Nerm_L    4 months ago

Yes, the Washington bureaucracy really does work in the manner being revealed.  The Washington bureaucracy is highly political but only partisan towards their own agencies; the bureaucracy does not favor any political party but will politically manipulate the parties.  And, as some of the information shows, there really is inter-agency political competition.  The political bureaucracy in Washington is the Deep State.

The intelligence agencies use the Office of President and Congress for the purpose of plausible deniability.  The intelligence agencies directly control the information provided to the President and Congress and really can manipulate how that information is presented to pursue there own agenda.  Now that the intelligence agencies are directly linked to those of foreign governments, the flow of politically useful information really can be used to influence multinational policy.

The President of the United States is not the most powerful person in the world.  The intelligence agencies have handlers for the President just as they do for other useful human assets.  The biggest threat to the Deep State of the political bureaucracy is a President that 'goes off the reservation'.  

4.1  loki12  replied to  Nerm_L @4    4 months ago
The intelligence agencies have handlers for the President just as they do for other useful human assets.

That may explain why the President personally signed off on and authorized every US drone strike......with the exception of Pakistan, I guess the CIA didn't trust Barry not to do something stupid to a nuclear armed state. 

4.1.1  Nerm_L  replied to  loki12 @4.1    4 months ago
That may explain why the President personally signed off on and authorized every US drone strike......with the exception of Pakistan, I guess the CIA didn't trust Barry not to do something stupid to a nuclear armed state.

What do you think was the source of Obama's 'red line in the sand' concerning Syria?  How did the United States become involved in the Syrian civil war?

Who developed the idea to repatriate Iranian money?  Where did the policy to sanction North Korea come from?  What drove the US policy towards Ukraine?  Who decided US troops should be in Africa?  Who decided the Muslim Brotherhood should be put in power in Egypt?  Where did the US policy to partition Jerusalem come from?

Obama demonstrated in his first debate with Mitt Romney that he wasn't as bright or as informed as the public was led to believe.  


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