Flynn's Attorney Speaks Out About Obama's Role in Effort to Entrap Former National Security Adviser

Posted: May 11, 2020 7:30 AM
Flynn's Attorney Speaks Out About Obama's Role in Effort to Entrap Former National Security Adviser

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Michael Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, spoke in no uncertain terms Sunday in an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo about former President Obama’s role in the effort to entrap the former national security adviser.

The Department of Justice dropped the case against Flynn last week after documents showed the FBI plotted to entrap him on perjury charges.

Powell explained the FBI agents made it appear to Flynn that the meeting was informal, giving him no impression that his responses could later be used against him.

“These agents specifically schemed and planned with each other how to not tip him off that he was even the person being investigated,” she said. “In fact, according to Comey's testimony that's attached to the exhibits they filed in the motion to dismiss, they just simply said, we'd like to send a couple agents by to talk to you.

"And, of course, General Flynn said sure. And he saw them as allies. They encouraged him to stay that way,” she continued. “They deliberately did not tell him about 1001 [the statute that makes it a federal felony to lie to agents] because they didn't want to trigger the slightest suspicion in his mind that he was being investigated or should be concerned about anything.”

Bartiromo then wanted to know about the January 5, 2017 meeting with Obama that included Sally Yates, Jim Comey, James Clapper and John Brennan. 

“Well, the day before, Comey had found and McCabe had found the transcripts of Flynn’s call with Kislyak. And he briefed Clapper on it immediately. Clapper then immediately went and briefed President Obama on it,” Powell said. “Then they have the Oval Office meeting on the 5th. Comey admits in his testimony that the FBI are the people that unmasked General Flynn, our people, whatever that means. And at the meeting on the 5th, Sally Yates was stunned because Obama mentions to her out of the blue about the call and the transcript of the call. She knew nothing about it, because Comey hadn’t briefed DOJ [about Kislyak].”

Comey was sent the next day to brief President Trump about the salacious parts of the dossier “to set the news hook for BuzzFeed and CNN to run with the dossier they knew was a lie,” she explained. 

“Then Peter Strzok is watching a CNN report on that and texts about he and Priestap sitting there watching it and using it as a pretext to go interview some people,” Powell said. “So the whole thing was orchestrated and set up within the FBI, Clapper, Brennan, and in the Oval Office meeting that day with President Obama.”

Bartiromo asked if she thought it “goes all the way up to the top, to President Obama?”

“Absolutely,” Powell responded. 

The attorney said she doesn’t know who will be charged—that John Durham and Attorney General William Barr.

President Trump blasted the whole ordeal on Sunday, referring to it as "Obamagate."

“The biggest political crime in American history, by far!” the president wrote in a retweet of a post that claimed Obama “used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration.”

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