'Stolen or destroyed?': Trump seeks 'missing' FBI document on Flynn interview
By: Caitlin Yilek (MSN)
President Trump claimed the FBI document detailing its interview with Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, is missing.
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"Where is the 302?" the president asked late Thursday in a tweet, referring to the FBI's form used to summarize its interviews with witnesses. "It is missing. Was it stolen or destroyed?"
Where is the 302? It is missing. Was it stolen or destroyed? General Flynn is being persecuted!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2020
Last week, Rep. Devin Nunes, a Trump ally and the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo that the FBI's original 302 interview summary "is still missing."
The California Republican said top FBI officials and other sources told lawmakers behind closed doors that the bureau did not believe Flynn lied when interviewed by two agents on Jan. 24, 2017. Nunes said he was shocked to learn later about leaks to the media saying Flynn was "being busted" for lying about his contacts with a Russian envoy during the presidential transition period.
Flynn, who cooperated in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with a Russian diplomat. He later declared his innocence and argued he was set up by the FBI.
"Then that means that the FBI had lied to us," Nunes said. "The original report that was used to brief the United States Congress, that report is missing. It's gone. Poof. We can't find it."
Late last year, Flynn's lawyers alleged FBI agents doctored the 302, but federal prosecutors denied that the notes had been changed in any significant way.
The Justice Department filed to dismiss charges against Flynn. The judge presiding over the case invited outside opinions on Tuesday and appointed a retired judge on Wednesday to argue whether Flynn should be held in contempt for perjury.