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House Oversight Committee ranking member and Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan appeared on Fox News early Thursday morning to respond to the bombshells surrounding the FBI’s malicious case against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Over the course of about 10 minutes, he offered some key observations about the revelations and, more importantly, how they fit into a wider pattern of abuse seen at the FBI during disgraced former Director James Comey’s tenure in office.
“The FBI in 2016 spies on two American citizens associated with the Trump campaign,” he said as he began to outline the abuses of power witnessed over the past four years.
“For one of the citizens, they go to the FISA court, they take the now-famous dossier they knew was salacious and unjustified, they use that as the basis to spy one of these individuals. They don’t tell the court that the dossier is Russian disinformation … it was paid for by the Clinton campaign … [and] the guy who wrote it, Christopher Steele, had already told the Justice Department he was desperate to stop Trump.”
Correct on all counts.
He added: “And now we learn they went after Michael Flynn and set him up just days into the new administration?”
Listen to the first half of his assessment below via FNC’s “Fox & Friends” (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
What’s odd, he continued, is that former special counsel Bob Mueller — who was supposed to be a supreme-level investigator — never noticed any of these abuses.
“Why didn’t Bob Mueller tell us this, and where is [current FBI Director] Christopher Wray? Why didn’t we learn any of this from him? Thank goodness for [Flynn’s attorney] Sidney Powell and [Attorney General] William Barr.”
These bombshells were uncovered and revealed thanks to, one, court filings by Powell and two, Barr’s decision two months ago to assign U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey Jensen to review the criminal case against Flynn, among other matters.
Thanks to Powell, on Wednesday a federal judge unsealed several key documents, including “handwritten notes by an unidentified official that appeared to involve [the FBI’s] preparations for Mr. Flynn’s interview,” as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
“In the handwritten notes, which are dated Jan. 24, 2017—the day of the Flynn interview—the author writes: ‘What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?’”
The tenor of the notes strongly suggests the FBI had purposefully set out to entrap Flynn in a perjury trap. So does a slew of other evidence, including Comey’s own words and disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s 2018 admission.
Flynn responded to all the emerging bombshells by posting the following telling tweet late Wednesday:
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) April 29, 2020
Keep in mind these findings are presumably just the beginning.
“This is so wrong what they did to Gen. Flynn, so wrong what they tried to do to the president of the United States. And the other FISA investigation that Inspector General [Michael] Horowitz is doing, this is just the interim, he hasn’t done his report,” Jordan noted.
And then there’s also the report being compiled by U.S. Attorney John Durham.
The good news, the congressman added, is that the Trump administration’s Justice Department is finally free of Obama-era operatives, meaning real justice is finally being pursued.
“If Bill Barr is not the attorney general, we don’t get the information. That’s plain and simple,” he said.
And if Barr weren’t the AG, there likely also wouldn’t be any much-needed reforms to ensure that such abuses never occur again.
Jordan added: “Bottom line is what took place before him, what they did, what they did to American citizens, what they did to a 3-star general, what they tried to do to the president of the United States … we would all do well to remember, if they can do it to a president of the United States, imagine what they can do to you and I. And that is why this has to get cleaned up, why we need the reforms put in place so that this doesn’t happen again.”
Listen to the second half of his assessment below:
His assessment eventually concluded with him bashing Comey, who’s been exposed for having violated long-established protocol by bypassing the White House Counsel and sending his agents to interview Flynn without an attorney present in early 2017.
“The arrogance and ego of Jim Comey, that attitude he had,” Jordan said. “There was process, they should have notified the White House Counsel that they were coming over to talk to Michael Flynn. They weren’t square with Gen. Flynn, a guy who served our country, a 3-star general. It is so wrong what they did, and the arrogance that Comey has.”
“Remember, Comey is the guy in charge, and all this happened under his watch: McCabe, Baker, Strzok, Page, all these key people at the upper echelon of the FBI, this all happened under Jim Comey’s watch, he’s the guy responsible. So many Americans are learning now that everything we said for several years — the only thing we had wrong is it was worse than we thought.”
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