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FBI general counsel Dana Boente, the bureau’s top lawyer, was asked on Friday to resign.
Boente is reportedly the most senior-level official remaining who was associated with the Russia collusion investigation, which proved to be a hoax.
Citing two sources, NBC News reported the decision to dismiss Boente came from the Justice Department rather than from FBI Director Christopher Wray. A spokesperson confirmed to the network that Boente did resign on Friday.
Interestingly, former Fox News reporter Adam Housley tweeted Saturday that the director’s time at the bureau will soon end and that “other changes” are in the works.
“Wray will be fired and there will be other changes at FBI. Not sure when….but it is happening. You heard it here first,” Housley tweeted.
Wray will be fired and there will be other changes at FBI. Not sure when….but it is happening. You heard it here first.
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) May 30, 2020
Boente, who has been at the DOJ for 38 years, was taking heat for allegedly blocking the release of exculpatory evidence that would have cleared former national security advisor Mike Flynn.
“Shocking new reports suggest FBI General Counsel Dana Boente was acting in coordination with FBI Director Christopher Wray to block the release of that evidence that would have cleared Gen. Flynn,” Fox Business host Lou Dobbs said in late April.
The FBI told the Washington Examiner the allegation is not true, and NBC reported that Boente said in a recently leaked memo material put into the public record about Flynn was not exculpatory.
Housley also disputed NBC’s reporting here: “They are flat out misleading the public at this point.”
They are flat out misleading the public at this point. https://t.co/IoPNPTi060
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) May 30, 2020
Under Attorney General Bill Barr, the Justice Department has moved to drop its case against Flynn amid harsh criticism of the bureau’s actions, to include the claims that the bureau set the retired three-star U.S. Army general up.
CBS investigative reporter Catherine Herridge told followers Doente signed one of the four FISA surveillance applications on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page — she would also share a quote from Wray.
“Few people have served so well in so many critical, high-level roles at the Department,” Wray said in his statement. “Throughout his long and distinguished career as a public servant, Dana has demonstrated a selfless determination to ensure that justice is always served on behalf of our citizens. We should all be grateful for his dedication to the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the American people…While it will be difficult to replace Dana, I am committed to ensuring that the next general counsel is experienced, objective, and prepared to lead the men and women who make up this vital part of the FBI’s mission.”
replace Dana, I am committed to ensuring that the next general counsel is experienced, objective, and prepared to lead…this vital part of the FBI’s mission.” NOTE: Boente signed 1 of 4 FISA surveillance applications for Trump campaign aide Carter Page April 2017.
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) May 31, 2020
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report back in December found at least 17 “significant errors and omissions” related to FISA warrants against Page in 2016 and 2017
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