The FBI likely launched its investigation of former national security adviser Mike Flynn out of spite due Flynn’s previous influential intervention in a counter-terror agent’s gender discrimination case against top FBI officials.
This includes current acting Director Andrew McCabe, a report from Circa claims.
The investigation of Flynn began two years after the retired Army general “roiled the bureau’s leadership” by intervening on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz.
Flynn’s intervention, seen as highly unusual by leading officials, included a formal letter dated in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case and an offer to testify on her behalf. The report said:
“His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks.”
Memos obtained by Circa show that the FBI sought to block Flynn’s support for Gritz at lengthy costs. The memos show the FBI asked a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case.
Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry on Flynn.
Circa noted that documents show the EEOC case, which is still pending, “was serious enough to require McCabe to submit a sworn statement to investigators.”
McCabe’s testimony reportedly “provided some of the strongest evidence in the case of possible retaliation, because he admitted the FBI opened an internal investigation into Gritz’s personal conduct after learning the agent ‘had filed or intended to file’ a sex discrimination complaint against her supervisors.”
Gritz said the FBI fired her over what it alleged was fraud on her time card that she says didn’t happen. The FBI also blamed her for not attending a 7:15 a.m. meeting and sending an unprofessional email to an ex-boyfriend. Gritz states:
“I had given up a marriage, I had given up 16 years of my life of anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, special events, Christmas, all of the holidays. I had dedicated my life to protecting the people of the United States … and then I was not protected and I felt it was because I was a strong female.”
Flynn said of Gritz:
“She was one of the really, to me, bright lights and shining stars early on that just kinda got it when it came to the kind of enemy that we were facing and the relationship that was necessary between law enforcement and the military … and I just thought she was really a real pro.”
Three FBI employees told Circa they personally witnessed McCabe “make disparaging remarks about Flynn” before and during the time Flynn emerged as a figure in the Russia investigations.
“As far as the troops in the field, the vast-majority were disgusted with the Russia decision, but that was McCabe driving the result that eventually led [former FBI Director James] Comey to make the decision,” said a senior federal law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation.
Circa’s report said the FBI agents’ concerns “became more pronounced” when Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump’s top security adviser when reports surfaced he was colluding with Russians.
“The Flynn leaks were nothing short of political,” one FBI employee told Circa, noting the specific contents of the conversation were known by only a handful of government officials when they leaked. “The leaks appeared to be targeted to take Flynn out.”
Circa further explains the scheme in this video.
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