In an eye-opening investigative article on the website circa.com today, authors John Solomon and Sara Carter lay out the history of a dispute between key players at the FBI and Michael Flynn, a battle that predated the 2016 election year political assassination of Flynn by FBI leaks of classified information.
The circa piece describes how, back in 2014, then DIA Director Flynn supported the character and competence of an FBI counterterrorism expert in her sexual discrimination complaint against her superiors at the FBI. Not only did the FBI investigate its own employee when it got wind of the fact that she was preparing to file an EEOC complaint, but after her complaint was filed and went forward, the FBI lawyers took steps to exclude any external character evidence supporting her qualifications and achievements in her job performance. And that evidence included the kudos and offer of sworn witness testimony from General Flynn.
Allegedly, Flynn was a constant irritant to the FBI during this whole EEOC investigation by his unwavering and public support of the FBI employee, Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz. The circa article cites a few FBI sources that a pre-Trump candidacy investigation into Flynn was a retaliatory act taken by the FBI to discredit the General for “meddling” into internal FBI affairs.
(As it happens, one of the targets of her discrimination complaint was Andrew McCabe, the number two guy at the FBI, who has fortuitously been running the Bureau since Director Comey was fired by the President this spring.)
When the dirt-seeking investigation into Flynn discovered the 2016 telephone call with the Russian Ambassador, the FBI intentionally leaked it as a political weapon to destroy Flynn.
Circa.com did a good job in putting together the history and story line of the FBI’s ongoing vendetta with Flynn, and it all sounds very “J. Edgar Hooverish.”