James Comey reportedly told legislators that Michael Flynn answered FBI questioning without telling an intentional falsehood.
Byron York has written a blockbuster report on the way Michael Flynn answered the FBI agents that questioned him. One among many mysterious facts: Flynn did not have his attorney present at the interview. Apparently, he didn’t know he was under investigation.
Also, James Comey gave Congress the understanding that the FBI was satisfied that Flynn did not lie to them. Was Comey lying? Or did Mueller work to find a way to accuse Flynn of lying?
Byron York writes in the Washington Examiner, “Comey told Congress FBI agents didn’t think Michael Flynn lied.”
There were widespread reports that Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about telephone conversations that he, Flynn, had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition in late December, 2016. On January 24, 2017, two of Comey’s FBI agents went to the White House to question Flynn, and there was a lot of speculation later that Flynn lied in that interview, which would be a serious crime.
“The January 24 interview potentially puts Flynn in legal jeopardy,” the Washington Post reportedin February. “Lying to the FBI is a felony offense.”
There was also a lot of concern in Congress, at least among Republicans, about the leak of the wiretapped Flynn-Kislyak conversation. Such intelligence is classified at the highest level of secrecy, yet someone — Republicans suspected Obama appointees in the Justice Department and intelligence community — revealed it to the press.
So in March, lawmakers wanted Comey to tell them what was up. And what they heard from the director did not match what they were hearing in the media.
According to two sources familiar with the meetings, Comey told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn had lied to them, or that any inaccuracies in his answers were intentional. As a result, some of those in attendance came away with the impression that Flynn would not be charged with a crime pertaining to the January 24 interview.
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