Evidence long withheld from Michael Flynn’s defense team shows that agents at the FBI and possibly CIA had actively searched for “derogatory” information regarding Flynn and Russia but found none. As a result, the investigative team on January 4, 2017, recommended that the investigation into Flynn—who had been given the codename of “Crossfire Razor”—be closed. According to newly released text messages, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok stopped the investigation from being closed, telling the other agents on the case that the “the 7th floor” of FBI headquarters—where then-Director James Comey and then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe worked—was involved.
“The goal of the investigation was to determine whether [Flynn], associated with the Trump campaign, was directed and controlled by and/or coordinated activities with the Russian Federation in a manner which is a threat to the national security and/or possibly a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act,” the FBI memorandum to close down the investigation stated. “Following the initiation of captioned case, the [Crossfire Hurricane] team conducted a check of logical databases for any derogatory information on [Flynn].”
The FBI document shows the Bureau asked a redacted agency—probably the CIA—to conduct a search of its own records for derogatory information against Flynn, but “no derogatory information was reported back to the FBI.”
According to the memo, the FBI also “initiated surveillance on a certain Russian subject” to determine whether “there was contact between him and [Flynn].”
“No contact between the two individuals was observed by the surveillance teams,” the memo stated.
The document also revealed that the FBI used confidential human sources (CHS) to spy on Flynn during its investigation, but they also found “no derogatory information” against Flynn.
“The absence of any derogatory information or lead information from these logical sources reduce the number of investigative avenues and techniques to pursue. For the direction of FBI management, Crossfire Razor was not interviewed as part of the case closing procedure. The FBI is closing this investigation,” the agent wrote.
“Following the compilation of the above information, the [Crossfire Hurricane] team determined that [Flynn] was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger CROSSFIRE HURRICANE umbrella case,” the memo said. “A review of logical [redacted] databases did not yield any information on which to predicate further investigative efforts.”
The agents proposed that Flynn be provided with a defensive briefing on Russia as he started in his new job as President Trump’s national security advisor, but Peter Strzok, then the lead agent in the larger Crossfire Hurricane investigation, leapt into action to stop the case from being closed.
In text messages to other agents that day, agent Strzok cited “the 7th floor” of FBI headquarters as the reason to hold off on closing the case.
The dirty cops at the FBI at this point were probably plotting to use Flynn’s alleged Logan Act violations as a pretext to keep the case open. Allegedly, McCabe said at a senior-attended FBI meeting or video conference around that time: “First we f*ck Flynn, then we f*ck Trump,” or words to that effect.
“Hey if you haven’t closed RAZOR, don’t do so yet,” Strzok texted on Jan. 4, 2017.
“It is still open and Im still listed as the case manager,” his colleague texted back.
“Rgr, I couldn’t raise earlier. Please keep it open for now” Strzok texted. Later he added, “7th floor involved.
FBI Washington Field Office Report:
FBI and US Govt (CIA?) databases showed "no derogatory information" on Flynn.
Flynn determined to be "no longer a viable candidate" as part of the Crossfire Hurricane case. pic.twitter.com/5RfnnjucOp
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