Monday, May 7, 2018
Andrew C. McCarthy of National Review Online has a column here about some disturbing redactions originally insisted upon by the DOJ and FBI with respect to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's Report on Active Russian Measures. These passages have now been un-redacted and reveal that: 1) FBI officials, including former Director Jim Comey, did not think former NSA Director Michael Flynn intentionally lied about the nature of his conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak; and 2) The FBI (under Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe) and the DOJ (under former Acting AG Sally Yates) were investigating Flynn for possible violations of the Logan Act. There appears to have been no reason other than embarrassment for these redactions, and certainly the facts they redacted are embarassing. The idea that Flynn would be under investigation for Logan Act violations based on anything, much less conversations occurring during the transition period, is mind-boggling.