Sidney Powell, lead on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s legal team, on Friday, May 22, expressed her skepticism over the FBI Director Chris Wray’s decision to open an internal review on the handling of the bureau’s investigation into Flynn.
“WOW? And how is he going to investigate himself? An how could anyone trust it?” Powell wrote in response to the news with hashtags ≠FBICorruption.
WOW? And how is he going to investigate himself? And how could anyone trust it?
FBI Director Wray opens internal review into how bureau handled Michael Flynn casehttps://t.co/AeE0yL46W6#FBICorruption#Clapper#Brennan#NSA#spying
Widespread illegal monitoring by #Obama admin
— Sidney Powell 🇺🇸⭐⭐⭐ (@SidneyPowell1) May 22, 2020
Wray ordered the internal review on Friday following pressure from Republicans in Congress who have pushed him for information and interviews related to the handling of the Flynn case after more and more bombshell revelations were brought to light.
The bureau said its Inspection Division will lead the review and outlined two objectives: evaluating whether there was any misconduct or errors made by bureau officials during the course of their investigation, as well as determining whether there are ways to improve FBI policies and procedures.
This development comes just weeks after the Justice Department moved to drop its case against Flynn after recently released footnotes showed the FBI agents discussing their goal to get Flynn “to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
Attorney General William Bill Barr defended the DOJ’s decision to dismiss the charges against Flynn, saying the former national security adviser did not commit a crime.
‘So it was not a crime’
“Well, you know, people sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes,” Barr told CBS in an exclusive interview. “And the Department of Justice is not persuaded that this was material to any legitimate counterintelligence investigation. So it was not a crime.”
Flynn pleaded guilty in late 2017 to making false statements about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He later tried to withdraw that plea ahead of sentencing “because of the government’s bad faith, vindictiveness, and breach of the plea agreement.”
Barr said he believes the FBI under James Comey set a “perjury trap” for Flynn, pointing to documents from the FBI’s investigation that showed that Comey “purposely went around the Justice Department” in an effort to interview Flynn about his contacts with Kislyak.
“They bypassed the Justice Department. They bypassed the protocols at the White House and so forth. These were things that persuaded me that there was not a legitimate counterintelligence investigation going on,” Barr said.
Barr appointed Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, to review the Flynn case. The FBI said its “after-action” review will “complement” Jensen’s work.
“Under Director Wray’s leadership, the FBI has been fully transparent and cooperative with Mr. Jensen, and the FBI’s help has included providing special agents to assist Mr. Jensen in the fact-finding process,” the bureau said in a statement.
Republicans expressed their frustration after new revelations, calling Wray to testify to Congress.
“Where has Christopher Wray been in all this?” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “He should’ve gone to the FBI, he should’ve cleaned house, he should’ve made this all available, but he hasn’t done that. We need to restore the integrity and credibility of these agencies, and that is not the way to do that.”