September 24, 2020
FBI and CIA analysts who worked on the investigation of the Trump campaign in 2016 were so concerned about what scrutiny of their work by the incoming administration may turn up that they took out professional liability insurance, according to text messages between FBI analysts released on Sept. 24.
“We all went and purchased professional liability insurance,” an FBI analyst wrote to a colleague on Jan. 10, 2017.
“Holy [expletive]. All the analysts too?” the colleague responded.
“Yep. All the folks at the agency as well,” the analyst wrote, referring to the CIA.
The conversation then shifted to what could happen if the Trump’s administration discovered the details about the probe via a leak to the press.
“The thought was if that piece comes out… and Jan. 2o comes around… the new [attorney general] might have some questions… then yada yada yada… we all get screwed,” one of the two analysts, who are not identified in the documents, wrote.
“Don’t think it will happen now, but just in case… this could be a very very unpredictable 4 years,” the analyst added.
Other text messages between the analysts show that both conceded that nothing of substance was turned up in the Flynn inquiry. The pair then expressed exasperation after the case was ordered to stay open after a Jan. 5 White House meeting during which President Barack Obama personally discussed the Flynn case with FBI Director James Comey.
“So razor is going to stay open??” one of the analysts wrote, referring to Crossfire Razor, the codename for the Flynn investigation.
“Yep. Crimes report being drafted,” the other analyst responded.
One of the analysts then wrote that FBI officials were “scrambling for info to support certain things and it’s a mad house.”
“These documents provide information long known to the agents and others at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI; information long concealed by the Special Counsel and FBI,” Flynn’s defense team wrote in a filing accompanying the new records. “This evidence shows outrageous, deliberate misconduct by FBI and DOJ—playing games with the life of a national hero.”
The Department of Justice has requested to drop the charges against Flynn after discovering that the FBI had no reason to conduct the interview during which he allegedly lied to the agents. Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying, but has since withdrawn his guilty plea. In a unique twist, the prosecutors and the defendant are now in agreement while in a standoff with the judge, who has refused to allow the charges to be dropped until a court-appointed third party argues in favor of rejecting the request.