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AG Barr: FBI under Comey set a ‘perjury trap’ for Michael Flynn

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Chuck Ross on May 8, 2020

Attorney General William Barr said he believes the FBI under James Comey set a “perjury trap” for Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.

Barr defended the Justice Department’s decision to drop charges against Flynn for making false statements to the FBI.

“It was an easy decision,” Barr said in an interview with CBS News, which aired Friday.

He added: “I think easy because once I saw all the facts and some of the tactics used by the FBI in this instance and also the legal problems with the case, it was an easy decision.”

Documents from the FBI’s investigation of Flynn show that Comey “purposely went around the Justice Department” in an effort to interview Flynn about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, Barr said.

He cited a Jan. 4, 2017, memo that recommended closing a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn that had been open since mid-August 2016.

Peter Strzok, the FBI deputy chief of counterintelligence, intervened to prevent the investigation from ending. He wrote in internal FBI messages that the bureau’s “7th floor” requested that the investigation remain open, a reference to the FBI’s executive offices.

Strzok interviewed Flynn at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017, about his conversation with the Russian ambassador. Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to making false statements in the interview. He has since retracted his claim to have made false statements, saying he took a plea under pressure from prosecutors who threatened to charge his son with crimes.

Barr questioned the FBI’s rationale for the Flynn interview. The FBI already had a transcript of Flynn’s phone calls with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, he noted.

“There was nothing wrong with it whatever. In fact, it was laudable,” Barr said. “So there was no mystery about the call.”

FBI officials kept the counterintelligence investigation open for the “express purpose of trying to catch, lay a perjury trap for General Flynn,” he said.

“They didn’t warn him the way we usually would be required by the department,” Barr said.

“They bypassed the Justice Department. They bypassed the protocols at the White House and so forth. These were things that persuaded me that there was not a legitimate counterintelligence investigation going on.”

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    Jan Nelson May 10, 2020

    Do how do we’re clean up the FBI?

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    Serene DAMBRISI May 10, 2020

    If Obama and biden and comey and clapper and Brennan. And struck and page and Schiff and Pelosi and the Clintons and others including some of the people mostly all on the tv networks like CNN and msnbc and others aren’t indicted and thrown in jail for treason and deliberately lying to the American people which is very dangerous then there is no justice in this country and we will all suffer even more than we are now.

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    Stephen gore May 10, 2020

    So AG Barr. When or will charges be brought against those who denied Gen Flynn his civil rights and due process under the law. If the DOJ does nothing, then you are no better than the scrum dirty cops that did this to another American

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    JoeyP May 10, 2020

    LOCK UP all the DEEP STATE actors in the FEDERAL PRISON, NEVER to hold public office or job again . . . PERMANENTLY> One DISGUSTED Patriot. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

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    gary May 10, 2020

    All this under the token Obama the most corrupt person in government next to Hillary Clinton and many anti-American democrats, pelsoi, schummer, eric holder, rice, clapper, Schiff, Nadler, just to name a few! Beware the anti-American democrats and their tools for it the bought out biased medias propaganda LIES and fraudulent means of elections, it all must be stopped NOW and far into the Future! Yahoo and facebook suck big time!

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    . May 10, 2020

    Thank God we have a honest AG now the truth can come to the surface. We get to watch the snakes squirm now

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    Charles May 10, 2020

    For any patriot who has fellowed the overthrow of the US Government January 2009 when US Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts swore in an ILLEGAL ALIEN going by the name of barack hussein obama to the US Presidency Illegally this news is nothing new and it is just a continuation of that overthrow . The FBI , CIA, US Congress , US Supreme Court and Secret Service have been protecting the fraud and usurper barack hussein obama all because of his perceived RACE . US Constitutional law must be enforced (Even retroactively ) if We The People are to remain a free and Constitutional Republic . To that end the fraud and usurper barack husseiin Obama must be brought to justice .

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    RETHA May 10, 2020

    WILL ANYTHING EVER DONE ABOUT THE CORRUPT PEOPLE IN THE DEM PARTY—-IF NOT—THEN THE PEOPLE WILL LOSE ALL FAITH IN ALL THE PARTIES—-THE REPS JUST LET THE DEMS DO AS THEY PLEASE WITH NO STOPPING——ARREST PELOSI FOR MAKING A THREAT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT—-HER THREAT OF SAYING TRUMP WILL NOT BE PRESIDENT NO–NO HOW—SO WHAT IS SHE PLANNING ON DOING —PUT HER IN JAIL—SHE IS A SENILE OLD LADY THAT HAS BECOME USELESS

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    Jack May 10, 2020

    This is probably the tip of the iceberg… I’m sure there will be other subversive activities; probably from the office of the former president Obama which will come to light in the near future. I hope the lot are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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    Jojodmonkey May 10, 2020

    The second largest criminal organization in the world (FBI & DOJ) are still just as dirty as they were under commiebama, there remain tens of thousands of criminals still working there!

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    Larry Murray May 10, 2020

    So when will we see some people locked up , Barr is the best AG ever way to go barr, you are a very honest man and we thankyou.

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    So May 10, 2020

    AMEN !!!! and if you notice, no democrat FBI agent has been tried or behind bars. Unfortunately, I think Mr. Barr may just be another actor in the revolving Washington theater…………………….

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    AG Barr…move swiftly…America pissed that our Justice Dept taking too damn long to restore Justice n bring accountability for these SOBs!!!.
    Citizens not safe from Big Bro!!! Will we be next?
    Must clean house of the Swamp!!!

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    Kevin Synnott May 10, 2020

    The real problem is that Comey & Strzok tried to set the purgery trap for Trump. Leave the rank and file of the FBI out this, they knew nothing about it.

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    Carl Swanson May 10, 2020

    You can bet that Obama was very much aware that General Flynn was under attack by President Obama and he knew everything that the FBI upper echelon had done and was planning to do. All of these bastards need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

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    Trence Jesmore May 10, 2020

    Charge Comey, the rest of the FBI involved under title18, Sec 1001 false searing multiple times. Do to them what they tried to do to FLYNN. Payback Flynn all the money he has spent on legal defense, including selling his house to pay the lawyer from the FBI budget, Comey, etc retirement. They created they should pay. Contact your Congressperson
    they control the budget
    Terence Jesmore, USMC GySgt Retired Counterintelligence Investigator

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    Carl Swanson May 10, 2020

    You can bet that President Obama knew everything his FBI was doing to entrap General Flynn so that President Trump could be removed from office. This would the make it easy to set up a scheme to put the democrats in charge of the White House and the House of Representatives.

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    From the article:

    “It was an easy decision,” Barr said in an interview with CBS News, which aired Friday.”

    _______________________

    The real questions…perhaps the most important legal questions asked of someone in government in over a century is: Will it be an easy decision to indict high level communist liberals…and when will that happen.

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    tj May 11, 2020

    Good point , Kevin agree 100%

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    Esther Patterson May 11, 2020

    My question is when will these people be charged and prosecuted for violating General Flynn’s civil rights and falsifying documents? Not to mention perusing themselves to persecute him. When will Justice be served?

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