On Tuesday, the Justice Department had some very shocking pieces of information to disclose to the federal court. The DOJ has located a “single page of notes” which are “believed to have been taken by Strzok during the critical juncture of early January 2017 when FBI agents recommended shutting down their investigation of Flynn only to be overruled by FBI superiors,” reports Just the News.
Peter Strzok was the former lead FBI agent in the Russia collusion investigation against the Trump campaign. Text messages in which Strzok blatantly expresses bias against President Trump have already been declassified. The new discovery from the DOJ is reportedly “exculpatory to former national security adviser Michael Flynn.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin filed the discovery Tuesday in court. “This page of notes was taken by former Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok. While the page itself is undated; we believe that the notes were taken in early January 2017, possibly between January 3 and January 5” Sherwin wrote in the motion.
Just the News reports that a source directly familiar with the document said the notes are “highly exculpatory” and are believed to be from around January 4, 2017. January 4th is the date Strzok had relayed a request from the FBI to the lead agent in the Gen. Michael Flynn case asking him not to end its investigation.
Previously released documents showed the FBI agent running the investigation had determined there was “no derogatory” evidence that Flynn had engaged in any criminal activity, and after five months, suggested shutting down the probe. Until January 4. “Strzok relayed a message from the ‘7thfloor’ leadership of the FBI to hold off closing the case, leading to a controversial decision to seek an interview with Flynn that eventually led to criminal charges and a plea deal,” Just the News lays out.
Since then, the Department of Justice has sided with General Flynn to have his conviction be reversed. Currently, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan is considering their request for reversal.