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Daily Caller by Chuck Ross
FBI employees who worked on Crossfire Hurricane called the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn a “nightmare” and expressed relief when the bureau considered closing the probe in November 2016, according to messages released on Thursday.
Flynn’s lawyers released the documents in a court filing in his federal criminal case on charges that he lied to the FBI.
The messages show that some FBI employees questioned investigative steps that the bureau took in the investigation. The FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation against him and three other Trump campaign advisers in August 2016 over their possible ties to Russia.
The messages were culled from the FBI’s internal “Lync” messaging platform. The employees are not identified in the document dump, though they appear to have had detailed knowledge of the probe.
One exchange suggests that an FBI official ordered the investigation of Flynn, whose code name was “Crossfire Razor,” to be closed on Nov. 8, 2016.
“He said shut down Razor,” the analyst wrote, adding minutes later: “So glad they’re closing Razor.”
The time stamp for the message is 5:42 p.m., which would have been hours before Donald Trump pulled an upset victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
Other messages show that the FBI agents believed that the bureau was extending the duration of the Flynn investigation by sending out National Security Letters (NSLs) to obtain the retired general’s financial records.
“That the decision to nsl [national security letter] finances for razor bought him time,” an FBI employee wrote on Nov. 21, 2016.
Messages from Dec. 5, 2016 show analysts doubted whether NSLs were useful for the investigation.
One analyst wrote that investigators had “put out traces” and “tripwires to community” and found “nothing.”
“We didn’t find anything else from the investigation about him,” the analyst wrote, according to the court filing.
Flynn’s lawyers said in the court filing that the messages show that investigators used NSLs as “a ruse” to extend the investigation.
“These Stalinist tactics mandate immediate dismissal of this case,” the lawyers said.
The FBI’s Washington Field Office drafted a memo on Jan. 4, 2017 recommending that the counterintelligence investigation of Flynn be closed down. The memo said that the FBI investigated several leads on Flynn’s possible ties to Russia but found no evidence showing that he was working covertly as a Kremlin agent.
Peter Strzok, who was deputy chief of counterintelligence at the time, intervened at the last minute to keep the investigation going, according to documents released in a previous court filing.
The FBI had obtained a transcript of Flynn’s phone calls on Dec. 29, 2016 with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
Strzok and another FBI agent interviewed Flynn about the calls on Jan. 24, 2017. Flynn eventually pleaded guilty to lying during the interview, though he has since retracted his admission of guilt.