The real reason for the witch hunt against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn may have finally surfaced, and it’s not looking good for the FBI.
A report from the news website Circa makes a case that suggests the the FBI’s criminal probe into Flynn was an act of political retaliation.
The report claimed that the intelligence leaks that led to the retired Army general’s resignation might have been an act of revenge for his involvement in a sex discrimination case against associates of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
The case was launched by former FBI Special Agent Robyn Gritz, who had been with the agency for 16 years. Gristz enjoyed a stellar career until she went to work on McCabe’s team in 2012, according to Circa. She began receiving negative ratings and eventually filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against several bureau executives claiming sexual discrimination.
She claimed she was a victim of “continuous patterns and instances of severe and excessive hostile behavior/attitude,” the report said.
However, the FBI stated that Gritz was “underperforming, tardy to work, insurbordinate, possibly mentally ill or emotional and deserving of a poor performance review,” Circa reported.
In 2014, Flynn, then-director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, intervened on behalf of Gritz when he wrote a letter on official Pentagon stationery vouching for her and offering to testify on her behalf.
When Gritz revealed that Flynn and others had written letters to support her, lawyers from the bureau tried to block documents from the case, Circa reported.
The still-pending case was serious enough to require McCabe to submit to a sworn statement to investigators, according to Circa. During his testimony, he admitted to the FBI that he opened an internal investigation into Gritz’s personal conduct after learning she “had filed or intended to file” a sex discrimination complaint, Circa reported.
Circa’s report claimed three FBI agents had told the news outlet they witnessed McCabe make derogatory remarks about Flynn before and during the time in which the general became a figure in the Russia case.
But the report cited other bureau employees, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, saying they did not know why McCabe was unhappy with Flynn, and that they became uncomfortable when the Russia probe came to light and pressure to investigate Flynn increased.
Not long after, Circa reported, the conversation between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was leaked to the media, which prompted Flynn’s resignation.
According to Circa, one FBI employee said the leaks were “nothing short of political” and appeared to be “targeted to take Flynn out.”
These two incidents may not be related, but the connection sure is hard to ignore.
Circa reported that Gritz said in a statement that she was “mortified” to think that her complaint may have affected Fynn’s relationship with the FBI.
Considering the charges and countercharges coming out of Washington these days about the FBI’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign, a report like this is only going to make things all the murkier.
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