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Newly released text messages between FBI analysts show that they were so worried about the agency’s case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn that they took out liability insurance.
The bombshell messages, part of a new filing by Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell in federal court this week, revealed that FBI employees were concerned enough about the agency’s conduct in the probe of Flynn that they purchased the insurance to protect themselves after the investigation was not shut down in November 2016.
Investigative journalist and author John Solomon referred to the “dizzying amount of revelations” from FBI documents that pertain to the investigation of President Trump and his associates and the alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 election during his report on “Just the News” this week, noting that FBI analysts were “certain they were going to be sued.”
In the new motion to the court this week by Flynn’s attorney to dismiss the case, evidence showed that FBI agents initially planned to shut down the probe, known as Crossfire Razor, almost one year on Election Day in 2016 but it was reopened in January.
“We all went and purchased professional liability insurance,” an FBI analyst texted on Jan. 10, 2017, less than two weeks before Trump took office.
“Holy crap,” read the text response from a colleague. “All the analysts too?”
“Yep,” the first agent replied. “All the folks at the Agency as well.”
“That really, really sucks,” an agent texted.
“The whole thing is pretty ugly,” the first agent wrote. “We shall see how things pan out.”
“Can I ask who are the most likely litigators?” another colleague asked. “As far as potentially suing y’all.”
“Haha, who knows….I think the concern when we got it was that there was a big leak at DOJ and the NYT among others was going to do a piece,” the first analyst texted.
On Nov. 8, 2016, almost one year before Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI, one official expressed relief that the probe was being closed.
“We have some loose ends to tie up, and we all need to meet to discuss what to do with each case (he said shut down Razor),” one agent texted on that day.
“[S]o glad they’re closing Razor,” another agent responded.
But by January, after the election, analysts became concerned about how the agency’s misconduct would be viewed by Trump’s new attorney general.
“The new AG might have some questions….then yada yada yada…we all get screwed,” one agent wrote.
Concerns over the lack of evidence and that the case would be exposed for “rabbit holes and conspiracy theories” were expressed in several follow-up messages.
“I’m tellying [sic] man, if this thing ever gets FOIA’d, there are going to be some tough questions asked,” one message read. “[A]nd a great deal of those will be related to Brian having a scope way outside the boundaries of logic[.]”
“[REDACTED] is one of the worst offenders of the rabbit holes and conspiracy theories,” one agent texted. “This guy traveled with that guy, who put down 3rd guy as his visa sponsor. 3rd guy lives near a navy base, therefore…[.]”
Flynn’s attorney pressed for the case to be dropped as the newly released FBI messages revealed “stunning government misconduct” and “wrongful prosecution.”
“There was no case against General Flynn,” Powell wrote in the new motion. “There was no crime. The FBI and the prosecutors knew that. This American hero and his entire family have suffered for four years from public abuse, slander, libel, and all means of defamation at the hands of the very government he pledged his life to defend.”
Speaking with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs this week, Powell called the case an “absolute appalling travesty,” vowing to take it to the U.S. Supreme Court if the lower court continued to refuse to dismiss it as U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, a Clinton appointee, has done and against the request of the Justice Department.
‘Appalling travesty’: Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell vows to take case to Supreme Court for dismissal https://t.co/q0a1FW34RA
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 25, 2020
“It’s been a disaster from the get-go that never should have been brought as a prosecution, much less as an investigation,” she told Dobbs. “Now we have an additional 40 pages of documents just produced to us by the government…finally pried out of the FBI…and it shows even more evidence that the agents knew they were making it up to the point that they sought professional liability insurance for themselves realizing they would be sued if anybody ever found this.”
Even months before the November 2016 election, it seemed there were questions about the credibility of the investigation, with one agent noting that the political probe was being run by those pushing for then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“[D]oing all this election research – I think some of these guys want a [C]linton presidency,” an FBI agent wrote on Aug. 11, soon after the investigation against Trump was launched.