In case you missed the lecture, disgraced, former FBI Director James Comey (who loves to preach about his personal purity in all things) is upset, saying the DOJ has lost its way because LTGEN Michael Flynn was exonerated after records were released damning the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the witch hunt.
James Comey, who worked diligently to support the creation of an insurance policy to remove an elected US President. JAMES FREAKIN COMEY, who records now show, set up General Michael Flynn to go to prison unjustly by threatening to imprison his son, Michael G. Flynn if he didn’t play ball and help take down President Trump.
You might ask what Michael G. Flynn’s crime was. Same as his father – nothing. But son Michael didn’t have dad’s status and it would be easier to ruin him. That’s what the FBI does. And this case is classic. If they’re concerned that they can’t get Dad with the Logan Act*, they go after the son, to squeeze his father.
*Congress passed the Logan Act in 1799, and it’s long past time to repeal it. Only two people have been prosecuted under it, in 1802 and 1852, and both were acquitted. But the law invites political abuse, as we’ve seen recently in the case of Mike Flynn.
The FBI was smart enough to know that they couldn’t prosecute General Flynn under the Logan Act, so this is how they work. Records now released show that Bill Priestap, the former assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division (Peter Strzok’s boss) after his handwritten notes revealed that the agents were trying to get Flynn to break the ‘Logan Act’ when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during presidential transition period after the 2016 election.
In this case the interview was carried out by FBI Counterintelligence Chief Strzok and Special Agent Supervisor Pientka. FBI agents don’t record interviews. They take notes and then they write down what they thought that they heard you say on a 302 (report of interview form). It’s incredibly easy for them to fabricate – anything. And that’s precisely why they don’t record interviews. So they set up General Michael Flynn, and then used the threat of imprisoning his son on a COMPLETELY BOGUS charge as leverage to squeeze a guilty plea for “lying to the FBI”.
Did FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray know about this? What do you think? And what is Special Agent Supervisor Pientka’s pedigree in this whole scandal?
SAS Pientka was a principle in Crossfire Hurricane, the probe of former Trump aide Carter Page, which the DOJ has since acknowledged was riddled with fundamental errors and premised on a discredited dossier that the bureau was told could be part of a Russian disinformation campaign. Who lied on those Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications? Special Agent Pientka.
Was SAS Pietenka fired by Director Wray? No. He’s a supervisor in the FBI’s San Francisco RA. They buried him, and if he keeps his mouth shut, they’ll arrange for him to get a cushy corporate security job pulling down a quarter million a year in addition to his pension once he retires. Because, ladies and gentlemen, that is how it works.
The FBI is notorious for this sort of thing. J. Edgar Hoover made his reputation doing this very thing. It goes all the way back to the beginning and roots of the FBI.
Ask yourself whether the FBI will change. Not a snowball’s chance, dear readers.
Full disclosure, I’ve worked a lot with (but not for) the FBI. I’ve participated in two Group One investigations and had an FBI partner (who was a HUGE Rush Limbaugh fan) for five years who went on to be Assistant Director over the Enterprise Crime and Drug Division (Enterprise Crime=Organized Crime).
I had FBI special agents working for me when I ran the LA/Orange County Regional Gang Enforcement Task Force (operational task force) that focused on multi-jurisdictional organized crime groups nationwide.
And I’ve seen the good and the bad and the stupid and the corrupt in their midst. I have many tales that will remain untold.
However I will share one funny war story that doesn’t indict any particular special agent. I had/have a friend who was former CIA who lived in Garden Grove, California. He showed me his telephone bill – $180,000.00. This was back when overseas calls were expensive and he’d be on the phone all night, primarily to Asia. I said, “WTF?” He laughed and said, “The FBI is up on a Title 3 on me (wiretap) and I don’t pay the bill, but they won’t let the phone company shut off the service.” So much for FBI secrecy, and since he set up phone service under a fictitious name, the bill never came back on him.