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By Duncan Smith

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that the original FBI Form 302 — interview notes — used to brief Congress informing lawmakers that the bureau determined Michael Flynn had not lied is still “missing.”

Bartiromo noted that the document would have been generated by FBI agents at the time they sought to entrap Flynn during an interview at the White House in early January 2017. One of those agents was then-counterintelligence official Peter Stzrok and, reportedly, Bill Priestap.

But so far, it hasn’t been released as part of an ongoing dump of documents by the Trump Justice Department and Congress of information and congressional transcripts tied to the House’s Russia investigation.

“Where’s the Flynn 302, congressman?” she asked.

“Well, the 302 is still missing,'” Nunes said. “So here’s what we know,” he continued, explaining that Congress was briefed by people at the highest levels on the original 302 report confirming Flynn did not lie.

“The FBI agents essentially said ‘look, there’s nothing to see here. Flynn wasn’t lying’ — and that’s what we were told on the record so we knew this at the beginning of 2017,” he said.

Fired FBI Director James Comey told Congress the same thing. As reported by the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York in February 2018, Comey briefed several lawmakers on Capitol Hill in March 2017 regarding the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, where Flynn’s case was of intense interest after he resigned the previous month after spending just 24 days on the job.

“According to two sources familiar with the meetings, Comey told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn had lied to them, or that any inaccuracies in his answers were intentional,” he wrote. “As a result, some of those in attendance came away with the impression that Flynn would not be charged with a crime pertaining to the Jan. 24 interview.”

However, nine months later — with Comey having been fired by Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller now in charge of the Russia-Trump probe — Flynn wound up pleading guilty to making false statements to the FBI during his Jan. 24 questioning.

Nunes said he was surprised to learn from media reports (thanks to leaks) a short time later that Flynn would be charged by Robert Mueller’s tainted investigative team with lying to agents.

He added that if Flynn could indeed be charged with lying because he actually lied (he didn’t, it turns out; we was set up), “then that means the FBI lied to us,” Nunes said.

“What happened is that report was doctored, Marie,” the California Republican continued. “We know the report was doctored because we have the messages from the lovebirds [Peter Strzok and Lisa Page], but here’s the problem, the original report that was used to brief the United States Congress — that report is missing — it’s gone, poof! We can’t find it.”



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