Investigation will only look at the conduct of current FBI employees and recommend internal discipline…
(Liberty Headlines) FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered an internal review into possible misconduct in the investigation of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, the bureau said Friday.
The after-action review will examine whether any employees engaged in misconduct during the course of the investigation and evaluate whether any improvements in FBI policies and procedures need to be made.
The review comes amid a flurry of activity in the long-simmering scandal. House Republicans, while in charge of the oversight agenda, conducted extensive probes into Flynn’s framing by corrupt, partisan operatives within the Obama intelligence community as part of a broader probe of the FBI’s Russia collusion hoax.
However, the transcripts of their findings remained largely classified until acting Director of National Security Richard Grenell forced current House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to release the finally unredacted transcripts earlier this month.
Other newly declassified materials by Grenell and Attorney General William Barr have revealed the scope of the conspiracy to spy on and later undermine the Trump campaign, as well as the audacity of its attempted cover-up. Nonetheless, many Democrats and their leftist media allies continue to downplay and deflect the revelations.
A criminal probe by Justice Department special prosecutor John Durham, expected to wrap this summer, will likely mark the culmination of the counter-investigative efforts, with prosecutions likely for some high-ranking Obama officials.
The recent disclosures have, nonetheless, sullied both of the Democratic leaders and put them on the defensive. Evidence has revealed their direct knowledge of—and active role in—the partisan smear campaign, suggesting an egregious abuse of power even if their conduct came short of crossing the legal line.
A day after Biden, during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, publicly denied having been aware of the FBI’s Flynn investigation, Grenell released the log of all those who had requested to unmask Flynn’s intelligence report during the transfer of power—including Biden.
Likewise, Flynn’s Obama-era predecessor, former national security adviser Susan Rice, had claimed during the congressional investigation that she was not aware of the FBI’s probe into Flynn. But the unredacted version of a “CYA” memo that she sent herself on her final day in office revealed that she did, indeed, partake in the discussions.
The newly announced FBI review will be led by the agency’s Inspections Division, which examines potential misconduct among bureau employees.
Similar to recent audits by the DOJ inspector general, the division does not have authority on its own to bring a criminal prosecution, and the after-action review will look at whether any current employees engaged in misconduct deserving of discipline.
The division cannot recommend discipline for former employees including former FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence chief Bill Priestap and special agent Peter Strzok, who were among the top-tier ringleaders in the conspiracy.
The FBI said that in addition to its own internal review, it has cooperated with the other DOJ inquiries into the Flynn case and the origins of the Russia investigation.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press