Comey Told Obama that Flynn’s Conversations with Russian Ambassador ‘Appear Legit,’ According to Strzok Notes
Former FBI director James Comey told President Obama that the talks between Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and new national security advisor Michael Flynn in 2016 were not criminal, according to former agent Peter Strzok, a member of Flynn's legal team has been published.
The notes page taken by Strzok appears to describe a meeting of President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and national security officials on January 5, 2017. This meeting was held on charges that incoming Trump administration officials had worked with Russian activists. Strzok was not present at the meeting, and it is unclear which meeting notes he consulted when making the notes.
Strzok writes that "P," presumably President Obama, asked, "Is there anything I shouldn't say to the transition team?"
Strzok reports that "D" or Director Comey replied "Kislyak is calling, but appears to be legitimate."
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The RAO's 2: 1 verdict of the three-judge panel focused heavily on the "presumption of regularity" associated with DOJ measures, noting that the DOJ's new evidence has been used to dismiss the Indictment should be treated as good faith.
ONLY IN: The Flynn legal team submits a page of Strzok's notes that appear to describe the meeting with Obama and the Natsec team on January 5th
Annotations suggest that Biden mentioned the Logan law, but without context.
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Flynn's transcripts of talks between Flynn and Kislyak, released on May 29 this year, call on the Russian ambassador not to escalate tensions in response to US sanctions. These sanctions were implemented by the Obama administration after reports that Russia was trying to interfere in the U.S. general election.
Strzok's notes also indicate that "VP" Biden mentioned the "Logan Act" during the meeting, although the context of Biden's remark is unclear. The Logan Act of 1799 prohibits U.S. citizens from intervening in disputes with foreign nations without permission. The law has only been cited twice in two cases in 19th century US history, and no one has ever been found guilty of violating the law.
While the FBI had been monitoring Flynn's talks with Kislyak, the agency closed the case on January 4, 2017, stating that it had found "no derogatory information" about Flynn. The same day, however, Strzok intervened to keep the case open. Strzok told an unknown person that "7th floor [is involved]" that day, and apparently referred to FBI leadership at the office's headquarters.
Strzok was released by the FBI after anti-Trump texts between him and lawyer Lisa Page were exposed.
"Your excessive, repetitive, and politically charged text messages, while acting as lead case agent for the FBI's two largest and most politically sensitive investigations in decades, showed a gross lack of professionalism and exceptionally poor judgment," the Department of Justice said in 2019.
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