Questions emerge about FBI Questioning of Gen. Michael Flynn
WASHINGTON (SBG) - It’s been a little more than a year now since General Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak after Donald Trump was elected President.
At issue is a meeting between Flynn and FBI agents at the White House in January of 2017 about that conversation.
Flynn’s attorneys says the FBI should have warned Flynn of the penalties of making a false statement as outlined in his sentencing documents for Michael Flynn, which also assert Flynn was urged to have the meeting without a lawyer present.
On Sunday, James Comey said in an interview with MSNBC's Nicole Wallace said it was his idea, but one he wouldn’t have gotten away with previous under administrations.
"You would work through the White House counsel and there would be approvals and discussions," the former FBI Director said, speaking about the Obama and George W. Bush Administrations. "I thought it’s early enough, let’s just send a couple guys over. "
Those guys included FBI agent Peter Strzok, now fired and accused of being biased against President Trump.
The Wall Street Journal and others are now calling the incident entrapment.
"If this is clearly a case of entrapment, then all charges should be thrown out by the judge and the government, the FBI of James Comey should be made to pay restitution to General Flynn," said former aide to President Trump, Dr. Sebastian Gorka in an interview Friday.
But others, like Bishop Garrison with the Truman National Security Project, said General Flynn was not tricked.
"He’s a former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency as well as a former National Security Adviser. He understands given his experiences that lying to investigators is absolutely a crime," Garrison said.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has already recommended no prison time for General Flynn given his “substantial” assistance with the investigation. His sentencing is scheduled to be handed down this coming Tuesday.