The results of so many investigations hinge heavily on proper paperwork being filed that there have been people that have confessed to murders that have been let go because of paperwork errors.
Now there is a document used by the FBI called a 302 that agents use after interviewing a subject in an investigation as sort of a cliff notes of what happened during that interview.
An important detail surrounding Michael Flynn’s 302 seem to point to the issue that Robert Mueller’s probe had been busy either withholding or out and out destroying evidence in its investigation into Russian collusion.
Many of you are likely familiar with the tale of the tape regarding how Flynn ended up pleading guilty to the charge of making false statements to investigators.
On Jan. 24, 2017 — just days after the inauguration — FBI agents came to the White House to talk to Flynn about his contacts with Russian officials. Flynn is expected to be sentenced this week.
Without going into a full account of what happened there, what’s important is that when Flynn’s sentencing documents were released, the date on the 302 document was Aug. 22, 2017, according to a column posted by The Federalist last week by senior contributor Margot Cleveland. That’s nearly seven whole months after the interview happened.
This is important for two reasons, both having to do with testimony by former FBI Director James Comey. The first is that during the interview, according to the testimony by Comey while he was still with the FBI, the agents thought that they “saw nothing that led them to believe (Flynn was) lying.” The second is that Comey says that he’s actually seen the 302 or talked with someone who has.
That revelation came during testimony about the claim the agents thought Flynn wasn’t lying. When Comey appeared before Congress, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy asked him where he got that impression.
“From someone at the FBI, who either spoke to — I don’t think I spoke to the interviewing agents but got the report from the interviewing agents,” Comey said, according to The Federalist.
“All right. So you would have, what, read the 302 or had a conversation with someone who read the 302?” Gowdy asked.
“I don’t remember for sure. I think I may have done both, that is, read the 302 and then investigators directly,” Comey said. “I just don’t remember that.”