(Liberty Bell) – On Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray ordered an internal probe into how the bureau handled the notorious Michael Flynn case.
This comes just two weeks after the Justice Department announced they would be dropping the charges against the former Trump national security adviser, stating that they had no grounds on which to interview Flynn in 2017.
Recently-released documents from Flynn’s first law firm have undermined the original case against the general.
Just the News reports that the FBI announced on Friday that Wray “today ordered the Bureau’s Inspection Division to conduct an after-action review of the Michael Flynn investigation.”
The Inspection Division is the FBI equivalent of internal affairs offices in lower law enforcement agencies, the outlet notes.
According to Fox News, the bureau will seek to identify whether any agents still with the FBI had “engaged in misconduct” during the investigation. They will also examine whether or not they can improve their investigation process moving forward.
Considering the ambush-style interview that Flynn unwittingly found himself the subject of at the White House in the early days of Trump’s presidency, this sounds like the very least the bureau could do.
The FBI’s statement said that it “does not have the ability to take any disciplinary action” against former employees.
It is worthy of note that Peter Strzok, one of the agents who interviewed Flynn and whose name has arisen in the midst of the scandal that has now been dubbed “Obamagate,” is no longer with the bureau.
Just the News explains of the Flynn case:
Flynn’s plight has received new attention in recent weeks, starting with the stunning Justice Department announcement at the beginning of the month.
Following the department’s decision, the judge overseeing the Flynn case, Emmet Sullivan, declined to immediately dismiss it per the recommendation from Justice, instead inviting an amicus curiae brief from retired Judge John Gleeson in support of continuing the case against the general.
Flynn’s team this week filed an appeal requesting the dismissal of Sullivan and the barring of Gleeson’s brief from the proceeding. A federal appeals court on Thursday agreed to hear Flynn’s case against Sullivan, and also, in a rare directive, gave Sullivan an 11-day deadline to explain his handling of the ongoing trial.