Internal FBI documents unsealed Thursday indicate that Peter Strzok -- the now-disgraced anti-Trump former head of FBI counterintelligence -- ordered the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to remain open even after it was slated to be closed due to a lack of so-called "derogatory" information.
H/T: Fox News
From the Fox News report:
Based on the lack of derogatory information, the Washington Field Office concluded that Flynn “was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger CROSSFIRE HURRICANE umbrella case.”
Furthermore, the author of the memo noted that since Flynn was not specifically “named as an agent of a foreign power by the original CROSSFIRE HURRICANE predicated reporting” and discussed the absence of derogatory information or leads. He also wrote that at the “direction of FBI management, [Flynn] was not interviewed as part of the case closing procedure.”
The January 4 memo concluded with this paragraph: “The FBI is closing this investigation. If new information is identified or reported to the FBI regarding the activities of CROSSFIRE RAZOR, the FBI will consider reopening the investigation if warranted.”
Yet, on that same day -- Jan. 4, 2017 -- Strzok instructed the FBI case manager handling CROSSFIRE RAZOR to keep the investigation open. “Hey don’t close RAZOR," Strzok texted an unidentified individual.
Strzok informed the FBI case manager that the FBI’s 7th floor was involved, referring to FBI leadership -- and that they still “need to decide what to do with him [with respect to] the [REDACTED].”
#FLYNN newly unsealed docs include texts indicating Agent Strzok intervened to keep open Flynn case “Crossfire Razor” after recommendation to close 1/4/2107. Timing: 20 days later Strzok interviewed Flynn at WH. Strzok “if you havent closed RAZOR, don’t do so yet.” @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/JRLvMzWao7— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) April 30, 2020
#FLYNN More records unsealed including draft 1/04/2017 FBI “EC” or electronic communication - like memo for record. FBI code name Flynn “Crossfire Razor” Recommedation to close, citing lack “derogatory info” TIMING: 20 days before Flynn interview over comms Russian AMB @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/vJEkvbkD5v— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) April 30, 2020
New DOJ/Flynn docs are stamped w SCO as in Special Counsels Office— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) April 30, 2020
Did Mueller have these docs? Why did his team sit on them? What else is Mueller team that cost taxpayers $30+ million hiding? The ppl deserve answers 2restore faith in federal law enforcement agencies
🚨🚨BREAKING— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) April 30, 2020
The operation that targeted Flynn: CROSSFIRE RAZOR
1/4/17: FBI field office found “No derogatory information” on Flynn and decided to close RAZOR.
1/4/17: FBI leadership (STRZOK) went off the rails and targeted Flynn: “Don’t close RAZOR” pic.twitter.com/0MAKqzhxas
FBI Washington Field Office Report:— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) April 30, 2020
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
Peter Strzok texts to the FBI Case Manager handling the Crossfire Razor (Flynn) case.— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) April 30, 2020
Strzok: "If you haven't closed RAZOR, don't do so yet"
Strzok: "7th floor involved" (FBI Leadership)
(Possible use of Logan Act "violations" to keep investigation open) pic.twitter.com/nnGqMnHNue
Logan Act theory coincides w/ Page/Strzok texts on 1/4/17 (same day Flynn file was to be closed) about Logan Act.— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) April 30, 2020
HT Excellent @CasualSemi
Read the Crossfire Razor FBI Field Office Memo/Texts/emails here:https://t.co/F3je6Q43ZG pic.twitter.com/gohbjJqg9L
1. I demand that Christopher Wray be indicted for— Greg Rubini (@GregRubini) April 30, 2020
- Obstruction of Justice
- and more
(re: the Flynn case)
2. FBI Director Christopher Wray has kept hidden all that DAMNING information in the Flynn case - FOR 3 YEARS !!— Greg Rubini (@GregRubini) April 30, 2020
Wray = Comey
3. I demand to Judge Emmet Sullivan that Gen. Mike Flynn be IMMEDIATELY EXONERATED of all charges, and his case dismissed.— Greg Rubini (@GregRubini) April 30, 2020
4. and I demand that Brandon Van Grack - the CORRUPT prosecutor of the Flynn case - be ARRESTED and charged with every possible crime.— Greg Rubini (@GregRubini) April 30, 2020
and I demand that all Van Grack properties and assets be seized.
Raise your hand if you think the Trump administration should RE-HIRE general Flynn and let him help clean up the swamp that tried to fraudulently set him up and get him fired.— Mike Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) April 30, 2020
Bring back General Flynn! @realDonaldTrump