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Sullivan asks FBI director to investigate abuse of justice in Michael Flynn interviews


Sen. Dan Sullivan has penned a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray, asking for answers after the recent revelations that former National Security Director Michael Flynn was set up by the FBI or the Department of Justice.

It’s just too similar to the abuses by the Justice Department and FBI of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, Sullivan implied, and not something Alaskans can tolerate.

“The vast majority of our FBI agents and those who work in our criminal justice system, including our federal prosecutors, are patriots who every day abide by their constitutional obligations. However, the recent troubling revelations regarding the Michael Flynn investigation and prosecution have reopened old wounds for Alaskans,” Sullivan wrote.

“As the U.S. Senator who has the honor of occupying the seat of the late Senator Ted Stevens, I am all too familiar with the lasting effects of due process violations and corrupt activities by the FBI. Senator Stevens was the target of an egregious injustice by FBI agents and federal prosecutors—including the withholding of exculpatory Brady evidence.

Those responsible were not held accountable, and, to my knowledge, the culture within the FBI that allowed such abuses appears to still exist at least in some quarters even after Senator Stevens’ verdict was thrown out by the federal district court and the Department of Justice given the constitutional violations perpetrated by federal agencies during that unjust prosecution of this exceptional public servant,” Sen. Dan Sullivan

The Justice Department will reportedly investigate Obama Administration officials who “unmasked” intelligence data about the former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has declassified the names of those officials, and many expect those names to become public.

The Justice Department moved last week to drop a criminal case against Flynn, who had previously pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI about contacts with Russian diplomats. Later, information has indicated that the FBI was all along setting Flynn up for entrapment.

Sullivan said he was shocked to learn about the recent disclosures of abuse on the part of FBI agents who interviewed Flynn, as well as the Justice Department prosecutors who withheld from defense attorneys evidence that may have told a different story.

“Further, it appears, based on Brady evidence that had been withheld, that the FD-302, which is the interview report form intended to memorialize information that might become testimony, was altered, if not heavily edited. As you know, FD-302s are intended to provide an objective assessment of what was observed during an interview of a suspect. What is immediately observed and heard during such an interview is supposed to be sacrosanct, and it is rare that they are so heavily edited, much less altered,” Sullivan wrote.

Last year, Sullivan introduced bipartisan legislation to help prevent this kind of misconduct.

The Due Process Protection Act would require judges in all criminal trials to issue an “order to prosecution and defense counsel that confirms the disclosure obligation of the prosecutor.”

“In the case of Mr. Flynn, the FBI’s tactics and the prosecution’s withholding of evidence once again call into question conduct by your agency. I applaud the DOJ’s recent decision to drop the criminal charges against Mr. Flynn, but I strongly encourage you to investigate the underlying investigatory and prosecutorial violations and to punish those responsible. Otherwise, the world’s most respected law enforcement agency will, unfortunately, continue to lose credibility and the trust of the American people,” Sullivan wrote.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Thank you Senator Sullivan. Please pursue this matter rigorously until the culprits are properly punished.

  • Already on it Dan. Gotta guy looking into it and releasing names.

  • From lickspittle Trump toad carpetbagger Ohio Dan, I expect nothing else. The entire WORLD of jurisprudence is denouncing this travesty and Danny has a bone. How in the hell we ended up with this guy is the same story as how in the hell we ended up with Bluto. Low watt voters. Sullivan, during his campaign, exhibited a strange Tourettes syndrome: He could not make a sentence that did not yell the name, Obama!, repeatedly.

  • Right on!

  • I wonder if this is what National Security Advisor Susan Rice meant when she wrote herself a last minute email, on the day President Trump was inaugurated, about the January 5th Oval Office meeting that included herself, President Obama, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI director James Comey, and Vice President Joe Biden? In her email to herself she claimed that President Obama instructed that their investigation should be “by the book”, were they so used to doing investigations not by the book that she had to repeatedly claim that she was instructed to do it “by the book”?
    I’m glad Senator Sullivan is pursuing this. It’s certainly possible that there was horribly gross incompetence under the Obama Administration, if that is the case we should find out so we can prevent such incompetence in the future.

    • Not incompetent. You give them too much credit. The anointed one, the Kenyan is a felon.

      • Well the presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate was in the room during this meeting, he’s either a co-conspirator or an incompetent fool. He’s pleading ignorance when he says “I know nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn,” when pressed further Joe Biden said “I was aware that there was — that they asked for an investigation, but that’s all I know about it, and I don’t think anything else,” So the presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate wants us to elect an incompetent fool who knew what was going on but not really…Joe is in a tough spot, he’s been a rambling buffoon for so long that pleading incompetent might be better than admitting guilt, but then who is going to elect a self admitted incompetent buffoon to be president?

        • Who is going to elect a self admitted incompetent buffoon to be president? Every Democrat with TDS and all the never Trumper Republicans.

      • I wasn’t aware Trump was Kenyan. But he most certainly is incompetent and almost certainly felonious.
        Danny is barking up a tree that doesn’t have anything in it. I’m not surprised, since he has accomplished nothing during his time as a placeholder in the Senate. Another 18 years and he will be in the same class as Father Murky.

        • Of course you know I was referring to Obama.

          • How can you be so sure?
            I see a shoe looking for a foot.

  • I am certainly glad at least one of our congressional delegation is showing some interest in asking questions about the stench of unlawful activity in Washington.
    I do think the Senator may have sent the letter to the wrong person though as director Ray seems to be almost as dirty as former director Comey was (is) along with the entire Obama/Clinton crime family….Attorney General Barr and his DOJ special investigators are about the only game the folks can trust to do the right thing anymore..

  • As soon as Trump wins his second term, he should appoint Gen. Flynn as his new FBI Director. Then, he can go after everyone of those nasty, corrupt Democrats from Hillary Clinton, Brennan, Comey, Holder…..all the way down……to the most corrupt president in US history….
    Barrak Hussein Obama.

    • Interesting. Trump has been President for three and a half years, has a subservient toady working for him as AG, and has not been able to pin anything of members of the Obama administration despite trying over and over to do so, and all the while he has members of his administration ending up in prison for felonious behaviour. There is little doubt Flynn is guilty, since he admitted he was. Now that he thinks he can get out of jail free, he’s backpedaling like a little kid who says, “I didn’t do it,” even though his fingerprints are all over the chocolate bar.

      • Are you a rascist, Greg R.?

        • Of course he is.

        • I’m not sure what you are referring to, but now that I look at my “chocolate bar” statement, I think I get it. I should have used the term “candy bar,” but that’s water under the bridge, to mix a metaphor.
          As far as being racist, the line from Avenue Q comes to mind, “every one’s a little bit racist, sometimes,” but in my defense, my word usage was simply me being ignorant of the implications it may have stirred in others.

          • Obama is a racist. MLK was, Jessie is, Al is. Want me to go on?

          • At least we got your finger prints, Greg R., just in case.

      • Stay tuned.

      • The ONLY mistake Trump made after he got sworn in, was to not replace all of Obama’s appointees. All of the leftover Obama manure tried to unravel Trump during the past four years on spurious allegations. Drain the entire swamp in 2020.

        • Chrissy……THAT is the exact problem. Trump didn’t get rid of all the Obama rats and slime. And he is still paying for it. Drain the Swamp……Part II.

  • It was obvious a set up from the beginning – where are you politicians when things are going down. Seem to just agree to all the millions to promote this folly

  • I think maybe the Senator wrote the wrong party here and should have addressed his concerns directly to Attorney General Barr as current Director Ray is maybe as guilty as former Director Comey was (is) in this whole mess….The Naked quest for power has never been more on display in Washington than it was in those Obama years!!!

  • “Abuse of Justice”

    Gee, ya think?

  • A bit disappointed that we are hearing from the Senator now, as he sat quietly for the last three years. Sadly, not unlike most of the Republicans.

  • Asking Christopher Wray to investigate FBI abuses in the Flynn case is like asking Lavrentiy Beria to investigate the mass disappearances during Stalin’s purges in the 1930s. It is hard to take this request seriously.

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