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Comey: "I Sent" FBI Agents Into WH, Wouldn't Have Gotten Away With It In A "More Organized Administration"

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Newly released files from the FBI show bureau officials implemented a "meticulously planned-out scheme" to frame former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy.

"What we are seeing is a meticulously planned-out scheme to try to get a 33-year combat veteran of the United States to say something that was inaccurate so that they would have a basis to try to charge him with false statements or otherwise get him fired," McCarthy told FNC's Martha MacCallum on "The Story."

Fired FBI director James Comey told MSNBC's Nicole Wallace during a December 2019 conversation that he "sent" FBI agents to be in the room during an interrogation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn eventually plead guilty to lying to FBI agents but is now seeking to withdraw the plea.

When asked how there were other FBI agents there Comey said he "sent them," noting it is "something we, I probably wouldn't have done or gotten away with in a more organized investigation -- a more organized administration."

"If General Flynn was a gangbanger or mafia guy, they would have sat down with them, they would have told them this is a criminal investigation, they would have identified themselves as FBI agents, told him the reason for the interview, told him he had a right not to answer questions, and told him he made false statements, that that could be grounds for prosecution. They would do all of those things for criminals," McCarthy said.

More context on Comey's statement:


FNC's Martha MacCallum and "National Review" editor Andrew McCarthy explain:

NICOLE WALLACE: You look at this White House now and it's hard to imagine two FBI agents hanging out in the [Situation] room. How does that happen?

JAMES COMEY: I sent them -- something we, I probably wouldn't have done or gotten away with in a more organized investigation -- a more organized administration. The FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official. You would work through the White House counsel and there were discussions and approvals and it would be there and I thought, it's early enough. Let's just send a couple of guys over.


MARTHA MACCALLUM: Yeah, let's just send a couple of guys over. It was a big laugh in the room after that I believe.

ANDREW MCCARTHY: One other thing people should understand, if General Flynn was a gangbanger or mafia guy, they would have sat down with them, they would have told them this is a criminal investigation, they would have identified themselves as FBI agents, told him the reason for the interview, told him he had a right not to answer questions, and told him he made false statements, that that could be grounds for prosecution. They would do all of those things for criminals.

MARTHA MACCALLUM: Yeah, just going through these documents, and I will point out that they will be on FoxNews.com. It's my understanding that there are more of these that will be coming out in the next 24-48 hours as well. AG Barr has wanted to take another look at what happened in this case, and a lot of the evidence that seems to be coming out could be exculpatory for Michael Flynn. Everyone also should be reminded that he has been waiting to be of sentence for a year or year and a half, and that looks like they are about to be cracked wide open. He was cooperating with the FBI, they were dangling in front of him that his son might be prosecuted if he didn't admit to lying. There are just layers and layers up here that look like they'll be cracked wide open.

ANDREW MCCARTHY: Will hopefully, we are about to see the paper trail on it and the more disclosure the better.

MARTHA MACCALLUM: There is one here -- This is from Lisa Page, asking basically and if they have to let him know that he can not lie to federal agents, it would be an easy way to casually slip in: "Of course, you know sir, federal law makes it a crime to..." But just sort of making sure that they are darting their I's and crossing the T's to some extent.

ANDREW MCCARTHY: They know they are supposed to tell them that at the beginning so if anyone called them on it they were trying to think of a way to make sure they said it so they could say they said it. We don't know if they actually said it.


FNC's Martha MacCallum and "National Review" editor Andrew McCarthy break it down (full segment):



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