Was FBI Retaliation Behind Russia Probe, Leaks Against Michael Flynn?

Chris Menahan
Jul. 02, 2017

FBI retaliation against Michael Flynn may have been the real reason for launching the Russia probe, according to a new report from Circa News.

From Circa:
The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled the bureauís leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.

Flynnís intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritzís case and an offer to testify on her behalf. His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureauís leadership ranks.
The FBI sought to block Flynnís support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, memos obtained by Circa show. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn.

The EEOC case, which is still pending, was serious enough to require McCabe to submit to a sworn statement to investigators, the documents show.

The deputy directorís testimony provided some of the strongest evidence in the case of possible retaliation, because he admitted the FBI opened an internal investigation into Gritzís personal conduct after learning the agent ďhad filed or intended to fileĒ a sex discrimination complaint against her supervisors.

McCabe eventually became the bureauís No. 2 executive and emerged as a central player in the FBIís Russia election tampering investigation, putting him in a position to impact the criminal inquiry against Flynn.

Three FBI employees told Circa they personally witnessed McCabe make disparaging remarks about Flynn before and during the time the retired Army general emerged as a figure in the Russia case.
Read their full report.

It's a lot more plausible than the FBI actually believing the lie that "the Russkies hacked our election."

Senator Chuck Grassley late last week demanded to know why McCabe hasn't recused himself from the Flynn probe despite "the appearance of political and other conflicts of interest."

"[The] evidence and the failure to recuse calls into question whether Mr. McCabe handled the Flynn investigation fairly and objectively, or whether he had any retaliatory motive against Flynn for being an adverse witness to him in a pending proceeding," he said.

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