Thursday, April 30, 2020

Michael Flynn's lawyers seize on note showing how FBI official approached key interview in White House

Within hours of its release, the note sent the President and his supporters into a furor on Twitter, while criminal defense lawyers and FBI alumni said they were making too much of the agency's preparation for the Flynn interview, in which the national security adviser lied to the FBI, a crime he later admitted to in court multiple times.

In short, the snapshot of blunt wording from Priestap allowed Trump and Flynn's lawyers to revive their claims that the FBI set Flynn up. Some of Flynn's supporters called it a smoking gun. But to others familiar with the case and law enforcement, it was a Rorschach test.

But previously, the President has said he had to fire Flynn because he had also lied to Vice President Mike Pence, prompting Pence to share the lie in a TV interview.

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