FBI director orders internal review of Michael Flynn investigation

  • In US
  • 2020-05-22 21:25:07Z
  • By CBS News

FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered the bureau to conduct an after-action review of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the FBI announced Friday.

The review will evaluate the conduct of current employees and whether it merits punishment, as well as any policy improvements needed in light of Flynn's case. The review comes after the Justice Department dropped its case against Flynn, even though Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

"The after-action review will have a two-fold purpose: (1) evaluate the relevant facts related to the FBI's role in the Flynn investigation and determine whether any current employees engaged in misconduct, and (2) evaluate any FBI policies, procedures, or controls implicated by the Flynn investigation and identify any improvements that might be warranted," the FBI said in a statement provided to CBS News.

The FBI says the review will "complement" the "already substantial assistance" the FBI has been giving to U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen.

Attorney General William Barr told CBS News in an exclusive interview earlier this month that the department believes "a crime cannot be established here because there was not, in our view, a legitimate investigation going on.

CBS News' Catherine Herridge discusses FISA and Michael Flynn on "The Takeout"

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has declassified a list of the names of Obama administration officials who requested intelligence reports that "unmasked" Michael Flynn's identity in 2016 and 2017. The reports documented his conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

President Trump has suggested that President Obama and his top officials committed crimes in the last few weeks of the previous administration related to Flynn and the Russia investigation. However, on Monday, Barr said that an ongoing internal Justice Department review into the origins of the probe isn't expected to lead to a criminal investigation into either Mr. Obama or Joe Biden.

President Trump hasn't ruled out bringing Flynn back into his administration, after Flynn was convicted of lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. The president has praised Flynn, insisting he was unfairly treated by the "dirty, filthy cops at the top of the FBI."

- CBS News' Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

Investigators to examine safety issues that may have worsened Michigan flooding

Biden aims to consolidate support as Sanders tells his delegates not to attack

Husband sets up "date nights" outside wife's hospital room as she awaits birth of baby boy


More Related News

Many Claim Extremists Are Sparking Protest Violence. But Which Extremists?
Many Claim Extremists Are Sparking Protest Violence. But Which Extremists?

Amid the rush to assign blame for the widespread violence and vandalism breaking out in American cities, accusations that extremists or other outside agitators were behind the destruction continued to ricochet online and on the airwaves Sunday.Numerous political leaders, starting with President Donald Trump, have leveled accusations at various groups, asserting that some radical agenda is at play in transforming once peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody."We have reason to believe that bad actors continue to infiltrate the rightful protests of George Floyd's murder, which is why we are extending the curfew by one day," Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota...

Trump says he
Trump says he'll designate antifa a terror organization, blames group for violence at George Floyd protests

Trump is convinced the loosely affiliated group of militant anti-fascists is behind the violence at protests following George Floyd's death.

Trump says he will designate Antifa a terrorist organization as GOP points fingers at extremists
Trump says he will designate Antifa a terrorist organization as GOP points fingers at extremists

The move comes after violent protests across the country over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

FBI's top lawyer, Dana Boente, ousted amid Fox News criticism for role in Flynn investigation
  • US
  • 2020-05-30 20:55:44Z

Boente was asked to resign on Friday and two sources familiar with the decision to dismiss him said it came from high levels of the Justice Department rather than directly from FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Attorney General Barr: Peaceful protests over George Floyd
Attorney General Barr: Peaceful protests over George Floyd 'hijacked' by 'far left extremist groups'

Addressing "rioting" in many cities, Attorney General Bill Barr said, "the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements."

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: US