New documents obtained by CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge show the FBI investigated General Michael Flynn based on the Bureau's Crossfire Hurricane probe into the 2016 Trump campaign. Members of the Crossfire Hurricane team referred Flynn for investigation, which turned into Crossfire Razor. Crossfire Razor did not find "derogatory information" about any of Flynn's alleged actions.
"The FBI opened captioned case based on an articulable factual basis that CROSSFIRE RAZOR [CR] [Flynn] may wittingly or unwittingly be involved in activity on behalf of the Russian Federation which may constitute a federal crime or threat to the national security. The FBI predicated the investigation on predetermined criteria set forth by the CROSSFIRE HURRICANE [CH] investigative team based on an assessment of reliable lead information received during the course of the investigation. Specifically, CR was cited as an adviser to then Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump for foreign policy entities of the Russia federation," the document, dated January 4, 2017, states.
"The goal of the [Flynn] investigation was to determine whether the captioned subject, associated with the Trump campaign, was directed and controlled by and/or coordinated activities with the Russian Federation in a manner which is a threat to the national security and/or possibly a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act," the document continues. "The CH investigative team checked name through available FBI databases for any derogatory information with negative results. A formal [REDACTED] was submitted to [REDACTED] for any derogatory information. [REDACTED] reported no derogatory information in its holdings."
That same day disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok, the man who discussed having an "insurance policy" incase President Trump was elected, insisted the case stay open.
????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
Regardless of a lack of derogatory information FBI agents, led and sent by former Director James Comey, proceeded with an entrapment interview on January 24, 2017.
#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
BREAKING: docs related to #Flynn case unsealed. See handwritten notes here. In part asking whether the goal is to get him to lie so he can be prosecuted or fired. Much more 11p @FoxNews @FoxNewsNight pic.twitter.com/nQKf3AfpIm— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) April 29, 2020
Devastating flashback clip of Comey just aired on @marthamaccallum show.— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) April 29, 2020
When asked who went around the protocol of going through the WH Counsel’s office and instead decided to send the FBI agents into White House for the Flynn perjury trap, Comey smugly responds “I sent them.”
As a reminder, during Crossfire Hurricane FBI agents repeatedly lied to the FISA court to get warrants on Trump campaign official Carter Page.
This post has been updated with additional information.
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