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'Get Trump': FBI agent in Michael Flynn investigation mocked 'Collusion Clue'

Added 09-25-20 09:23:02pm EST - “One of the FBI agents involved with the inquiry into retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn jokingly referred to the Trump-Russia investigation as "Collusion Clue" and argued that many investigators, including some on special counsel Robert…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “'Get Trump': FBI agent in Michael Flynn investigation mocked 'Collusion Clue'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

One of the FBI agents involved with the inquiry into retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn jokingly referred to the Trump-Russia investigation as “Collusion Clue” and argued that many investigators, including some on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, were out to “get Trump.”

FBI special agent William Barnett spoke with a number of DOJ and FBI investigators on Sept. 17, including U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey Jensen, whom Attorney General William Barr assigned earlier this year to do a deep dive review of the Flynn investigation. Barnett joined the Crossfire Hurricane investigation in August 2016 after being asked by an unnamed FBI special agent in August 2016, and he became the case agent for the Flynn case, dubbed Crossfire Razor. He was eventually asked to join Mueller’s investigation by now-fired FBI special agent Peter Strzok after his May 2017 appointment, which he did reluctantly.

Barnett’s interview earlier this month, recorded in a 13-page FBI summary submitted by the Justice Department to a federal court on Thursday, walked investigators through his time on the Flynn case and revealed that he doubted Flynn had committed any crimes, that he and others did not dismiss the possibility of Trump-Russia collusion, and that he thought certain FBI investigators as well as special counsel’s office prosecutors such as Jeannie Rhee and Andrew Weissmann were single-minded and overly aggressive in their tactics in going after people in President Trump's orbit, including Flynn.

Barnett first “referred to incidents involving Trump which were taken in the most negative manner, or in some cases misinterpreted.” As an example, Barnett “described comments made by Trump in that investigators needed to ‘get to the bottom’ of a matter,” which led one of the Mueller attorneys to say this meant Trump wanted to “cover it up.” Barnett “corrected” them saying, “No, he said get to the bottom of it.” As another example, “Barnett said the firing of FBI Director Comey was interpreted as obstruction when it could just as easily have been done because Trump did not like Comey and wanted him replaced.” And Barnett said that “concerning Flynn, some individuals in the SCO assumed Flynn was lying to cover up collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia,” whereas Barnett “believed Flynn lied in the interview to save his job, as that was the most plausible explanation and there was no evidence to contradict it.” Barnett said that “such statements were simply discounted because they did not fit the opinions of some at SCO.”

Barnett said, “the second way the ‘get Trump’ attitude was exhibited at SCO was what Barnett referred to as Mueller’s ‘all stars’ which was a term used in news articles” describing Mueller team members. The FBI agent said that “all of the attorneys wanted to be part of something ‘big’ a successful prosecution,” and so “it was not necessarily ’get Trump’ but more the conviction there was ‘something criminal there’ and a competition as to which attorney was going to find it.” Barnett described it as “a lack of letting the evidence lead the investigation and more the attitude of ‘the evidence is there and we just have to find it.’” Barnett said an example was Mueller attorneys “during the interviews would be convinced the interviewee had information” the special counsel team wanted, so he “suggested to the SCO attorneys the idea the interviewee did not possess the information desired.”

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