An FBI agent who played a lead role in investigating Michael Flynn told the Department of Justice that the investigation continued despite a lack of evidence because Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team had a "get Trump" agenda.
Agent William Barnett claimed in an interview with the Justice Department released Friday that both FBI superiors under agency Director James Comey and Mueller's team went against normal investigative decisions and tactics because they had a bias against Trump.
"BARNETT thought that the TRUMP campaign may have been aware the Russians were attempting to impact the election but that was far different from the TRUMP campaign and the Russians having a deal and/or working together quid pro quo," the report of his September 17 interview reads.
Barnett said he and others also joked about how the investigation could be turned into a game, which they called "Collusion Clue," where investigators could pair any character conducting any activity in any location with another character and interpret it as evidence of collusion.
"With respect to Flynn's [phone call] with the Russian ambassador in December 2016 BARNETT did not believe Flynn was being directed by TRUMP. BARNETT did not believe FLYNN had any additional information to provide SCO. Barnett believed the prosecution of Flynn by SCO was used as a means to 'get TRUMP,'" the report said.
The interview's release comes just one day after the Justice Department revealed the FBI had bought liability insurance in January 2017 to protect themselves against being sued for misconduct during the probe.
Barnett also said that now-fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe kept the case going after Trump's election even though there was "little detail concerning specific evidence of criminal events."
"BARNETT still did not see any evidence of collusion between the TRUMP campaign and the Russian government," the interview report said. "Barnett was willing to follow any instructions being given by the deputy director as long as it was not a violation of the law."
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