FBI Director Wray orders internal review of Flynn investigation
The acting FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered an internal review of Flynn’s investigation to find out whether any current employees engaged in misconduct during the investigation. The additional aim of the review is to determine if the bureau needs any improvements in its policies.
“Although the FBI does not have the prosecutorial authority to bring a criminal case, the Inspection Division can and will evaluate whether any current onboard employees engaged in actions that might warrant disciplinary measures,” the FBI said in a statement.
The announcement adds to the internal scrutiny over one of special counsel Robert Mueller's signature prosecutions during his investigation into ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
A week ago the Department of Justice filed a motion to drop the criminal case against former national security adviser in the White House. Recall, that Flynn was accused of lying to the FBI during his interview in 2017 in which he later confessed. A motion to drop the charges comes after the internal documents were revealed. The documents included handwritten notes saying that top FBI officials had questioned Flynn to make him lie in order to prosecute him or get him fired.
After the documents were exposed the FBI became concern about the nature of its probe into Flynn and if it was justifies predicated. The Department of Justice argued that the FBI had a legitimate motive for questioning Flynn. That is why it handled a motion to drop the case.
These documents have raised questions about the nature of the FBI’s probe into Flynn and whether it was justifiably predicated. The DOJ argued in its motion to dismiss the case that there was no legitimate purpose for the FBI to have interviewed Flynn.
“The interview of Mr. Flynn was untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn—a no longer justifiably predicated investigation that the FBI had, in the Bureau’s own words, prepared to close because it had yielded an ‘absence of any derogatory information,’” the department wrote in its filing.
“Under Director Wray’s leadership, the FBI has been fully transparent and cooperative with Mr. Jensen, and the FBI’s help has included providing special agents to assist Mr. Jensen in the fact-finding process,” the statement said.
Although the FBI does not have authority on its own to bring a criminal prosecution, the after-action review will look at whether any current employees engaged in misconduct deserving of discipline. The division cannot take disciplinary action against former employees.