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Former DOJ Official Claims Barr Twisted Her Words to Drop Charges Against Michael Flynn

Former acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary McCord.

By Steve Neavling

Mary McCord, former career Justice Department official, said Attorney General William Barr twisted her words to argue that former national security adviser Michael Flynn should not be prosecuted for lying to the FBI.

McCord, who oversaw the early stages of the Russia investigation, said in a New York Times op-ed Sunday that the DOJ’s motion to dismiss the charges largely hinged on her account about what led up to the bureau’s interview with Flynn, who was President Trump’s first national security adviser.

“The account of my interview in 2017 doesn’t help the department support this conclusion, and it is disingenuous for the department to twist my words to suggest that it does,” McCord wrote. “What the account of my interview describes is a difference of opinion about what to do with the information that Mr. Flynn apparently had lied to the incoming vice president, Mr. Pence, and others in the incoming administration about whether he had discussed the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia in his calls with (Russia’s then ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. Those apparent lies prompted Mr. Pence and others to convey inaccurate statements about the nature of the conversations in public news conferences and interviews.”

McCord acknowledged the FBI should have coordinated Flynn’s interview with the Justice Department, but said she does not believe the agencies lacked a reason to suspect Flynn may have violated crimes.

“It has no bearing on whether Mr. Flynn’s lies to the F.B.I. were material to the clear counterintelligence threat posed by the susceptible position Mr. Flynn put himself in when he told Mr. Pence and others in the new administration that he had not discussed the sanctions with Mr. Kislyak. The materiality is obvious,” she concluded.

McCord concluded, “In short, the report of my interview does not anywhere suggest that the FBI’s interview of Mr. Flynn was unconstitutional, unlawful or not “tethered” to any legitimate counterintelligence purpose.”

Russia Recalling U.S. Ambassador Kislyak Amid FBI Investigation

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

By Steve Neavling

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who has been the subject of an investigation into his country’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election, is being recalled after 10 years on the job.

Buzzfeed reports the Kremlin has ordered its U.S. ambassador to return to Russia amid growing investigations by the FBI and Congress into whether the foreign government tried interfere in the election to help Donald Trump. 

The FBI is probing meetings held between Kislyak, 66, and Trump’s campaign team. Among those who met with Kislyak are Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former national security adviser Mike Flynn. During Sessions’ confirmation hearing, he failed to disclose at least two meetings with Kislyak, whom one U.S.-based diplomat responded “could use some time away.”

At other times, Kushner and Flynn denied now-confirmed meetings with the ambassador.

Russia has yet to confirm when Kislyak is returning to Russia  or whether he’ll be reassigned.