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Top FBI lawyer who authorized Carter Page surveillance is forced to resign

Chuck Ross on May 31, 2020

The FBI lawyer who signed a surveillance order against former Trump aide Carter Page that the Justice Department has deemed invalid submitted his resignation on Friday, the FBI said.

Dana Boente, the FBI general counsel, has recently come under scrutiny over his role in the various investigations against former Trump advisers, including Michael Flynn and Carter Page.

Boente signed one of the four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders against Page. Boente, who served as acting attorney general for the Russia investigation early in the Trump administration, signed the surveillance warrant against Page on April 7, 2017.

The Justice Department has deemed that order to be invalid because the FBI withheld information that undermined the bureau’s theory that Page was a Russian agent. The FBI cited the now-debunked Steele dossier extensively in its FISA applications.

Boente is the last official who signed one of the Carter Page FISAs still remaining in government.

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced internally on Friday that Boente will be leaving his role on June 30. Boente, a 38-year veteran of the Justice Department and FBI, served as U.S. attorney in Virginia, as a prosecutor for the Justice Department’s national security division, and as acting attorney general early in the Trump administration.

“Few people have served so well in so many critical, high-level roles at the Department. 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,” Wray said in a statement.

According to NBC News, top officials at the Justice Department directed Wray to force Boente to resign from the FBI.

Boente was offered a different position in the Justice Department but opted to resign instead, according to The Washington Post.

Justice Department spokesman Kerri Kupec referred questions about the resignation to the FBI.

Boente has come under scrutiny amid allegations that he opposed the release of documents in the Michael Flynn case. The Federalist reported on April 24 that Boente led the charge to block disclosure of documents that Flynn’s legal team says are exculpatory in the case against the retired general.

Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017 to making false statements to the FBI regarding his conversations with a Russian diplomat in late December 2016.

The New York Times confirmed aspects of The Federalist report in a story on May 13. According to the newspaper, Boente opposed providing the documents to Flynn’s legal team but reluctantly did so under pressure from the Justice Department.

One of those documents was a Jan. 4, 2017 FBI memo authorizing the bureau to close a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn.

Top FBI officials intervened to keep the Flynn probe open, according to the documents.

Another document was a handwritten note dated Jan. 24, 2017 that showed then-FBI official Bill Priestap questioned whether the goal of an interview with Flynn was “to get him to lie” in order to prosecute him or force him out of a job.

The Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss charges against Flynn on May 7, saying that prosecutors should have provided the exculpatory material to Flynn’s lawyers.

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17 Comments

  1. Justin May 31, 2020

    Wray should manup and resign himself, he’s worthless.

  2. TrishP May 31, 2020

    I don’t get why those in the F.B.I. who’ve broken the law, get out of prosecution by resigning.

  3. Robert M Walkos May 31, 2020

    he should lose his pension…what he did is a felony…wanna bet he has committed others during his “faithful service?” He is supposed to defend the Constitution against “domestic” enemies…ever hear of Obama…Clinton (both of them)…Comey…Brennan, et al. Heil Hilary.

  4. paul filing May 31, 2020

    Discussing mode of departure from a high level govt role. The pompous AH should have been fired and forfeited any retirement packages. If he violated any laws, he should be charged and prosecuted.

  5. Anonymous May 31, 2020

    He has proven to be corrupt. In the name of justice he should be called to answer in a court of law. To do otherwise is to ignore , once again, the laws of this nation and the public’s interests..

  6. JoeyP May 31, 2020

    PRISON TIME! . . . if found guilty. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  7. Marlene May 31, 2020

    So now he gets to retire with no consequences for his illegal actions.Revoke his retirement and charge him with withholding information to the defense and let him retire after he is cleared. I hoe Carter Page remembers his name for the lawsuit.

  8. Jojodmonkey May 31, 2020

    Resign? That scumbag democrat communist traitor should be in jail right now!

  9. flashy0ne May 31, 2020

    It does seem rather UNFAIR that these people walk freely out of the mess THEY CREATED UNLAWFULLY while their victims remain “in jail”

  10. General Bull Krapper May 31, 2020

    Page & Flynn should now sue this bastard for all he’s got, including whatever pension he gets.

    STAY WELL, SAFE, FREE & BRAVE!

  11. Judy May 31, 2020

    And he will retire with full benefits. It’s disgusting!

  12. Anonymous May 31, 2020

    How do these liars get away with the crimes they commit. Where is justice? What a disgrace to our country.

  13. Keith Breedlove May 31, 2020

    Letting him resign let’s him off the hook for his wrong-doing. I guess that LTG Flynn can file a civil suit against him so that he won’t enjoy his likely very lucrative Federal retirement. But he really needs to be kept a Federal employee so that DOJ or the FBI can charge him.
    I hope that someone who knows all the specific legal issues here can clarify where I might be wrong here.

  14. OleDad June 1, 2020

    “The last official left.” Allowed to resign. One after another. Law breakers at the highest levels “are allowed to resign.” No charges? No justice? Roger Stone is in prison for no reason, and proven white collar criminals “are allowed to resign”? Melt into the crowds? This sounds like Nazis after WW2 being allowed to “just go away and live their lives.” There truly is no Justice at the Department of Justice.
    We are no longer a nation of laws, but a nation of men. Friends get favors. Political opponents get double jeopardy.

  15. Dapsh June 1, 2020

    Allowed to resign, probably with a $200,000 pension. Please punish me like that!

  16. Shontel June 1, 2020

    This is what corrupt people do. They retire with full benefits and they don’t have to answer to anything. Liberals get away with murder and just wash their hands. It’s time we hold them accountable they all should all go to prison. Liberals are a disgrace to the country.

  17. tymtrvlr June 1, 2020

    He will get the usual leftist golden parachute, provided by the American taxpayer or by geoege soros with American taxpayer money.

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