Internal FBI documents unsealed on Thursday show that as the FBI moved to close the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn due to lack of evidence, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok intervened to keep it open and active.
The documents surfaced just a day after internal FBI notes revealed that top bureau officials talked about their motivations for interviewing Flynn, questioning whether their goal was "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired" and to get Flynn "to admit to breaking the Logan Act."
Thursday's documents show that the FBI Washington Field Office issued an order to close the case on January 4, 2017 after "no derogatory information was identified in FBI holdings." Strzok sent a text message to an unidentified individual on the same day ordering the case to be kept open.
Strzok then immediately sent a text to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an affair, informing her that was able to keep the case open, to which she replied, "Phew." He eventually interviewed Flynn later that month.
Strzok informed the manager handling Flynn's case that the FBI's 7th floor was involved — a nod to FBI leadership. The timing of emails between Strzok and former Page suggested they used the Logan Act to keep Flynn's case alive. Strzok forwarded a 14-page research paper on the Logan Act on the same day.
The Logan Act, designed to keep individuals from claiming they represent the U.S. abroad, has never been used in criminal prosecution.
Constitutional law professor at George Washington University said the records were "concerning."
Read the full documents released on Thursday here.
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