FBI Top Brass Ordered Peter Strzok to Keep Flynn Case Open: '7th Floor Involved'
Newly unsealed text messages reveal disgraced former agent's anti-Trump plotting
Disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok was ordered to keep his investigation into President Donald Trump's ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn open by the Bureau's senior leadership, newly unsealed documents have revealed.
Strzok, who was fired from the FBI in disgrace when his anti-Trump bias was exposed, kept the probe into Gen. Flynn (Ret.) open because the “7th floor” — the Federal Bureau of Investigation's top brass — ordered him to, according to the former agent's text messages.
A set of Strzok's texts was released this week as part of a batch of potentially exculpatory documents from the FBI.
The messages show Strzok telling a colleague not to close the investigation into Flynn for alleged violation of the Logan Act of 1799.
The law prevents private citizens from conducting diplomacy, but it has rarely been enforced.
Bombshell materials strongly suggested the agents were only using the law as a pretext.
When asked why — “What’s up?” — Strzok replied tersely: “7th floor involved.”
Strzok’s colleague replied: “I heard that might be the case yesterday.”
JUST IN: New FLYNN documents show the FBI had drafted a document to formally close the case against him on 1/4.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) April 30, 2020
But 20 minutes after it circulated, STRZOK and other agents put the brakes on it. pic.twitter.com/sLhMBTzGEr
The next day, Jan. 5, then-FBI Director James Comey met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and other officials in the Oval Office to discuss the investigation into Russia, and Comey’s plans to brief President-elect Trump about the salacious contents of the (false) "Steele dossier."
Comey did so the next day, Jan. 6, at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
The dossier was subsequently leaked to the media and first published by Buzzfeed on Jan. 10.
Later, Special Counsel Robert Mueller led an investigation into alleged “Russia collusion.”
Strzok, who led early investigations of Trump, was dismissed from Mueller’s team after his anti-Trump political bias was discovered in text messages with his lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
Attorney General William Barr said in December it was “simply not true,” as Comey claimed, that FBI leaders were not involved, and that inquiries into Trump were run by “a very small group of very high-level officials.”
As Neon Nettle reported earlier this week, newly unsealed handwritten notes have also revealed the FBI discussed interviewing Flynn so they could trap him in a "lie" to "prosecute him or get him fired."
The newly unearthed internal FBI documents were unsealed Wednesday and expose an explosive plot by top bureau officials.
The notes were taken from a meeting where the FBI's top brass discussed their motivations for interviewing then-top Trump Administration official Flynn in the White House in January 2017.
The handwritten notes were written by the FBI's former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap and were taken from a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
During their discussion, they openly questioned their "goal" which was "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired."
The notes further suggest that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn "to admit to breaking the Logan Act" during the presidential transition period when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.