Defense Motion Claims Clapper May Have Been Involved in Targeting, 'Take the Kill Shot on Flynn'

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, testifies before a House Judiciary Committee joint hearing on “oversight of FBI and Department of Justice actions surrounding the 2016 election” on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

 

Things are definitely heating up in the investigation of the Russia probe.

Multiple reports confirmed yesterday that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation was now officially a criminal investigation which gives him the power to subpoena witnesses, call a grand jury, and file charges.

Reports have also indicated that this expanding of the investigation changed after information which Attorney General William Barr and Durham found in Rome during their investigation and that Durham was very interested in questioning former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan.

Now new texts are also adding more fire to the inferno. According to Fox, Republicans are demanding answers from the ICIG Michael Atkinson if he’s been investigating leaks and released previously unpublished texts and emails from Peter Strzok. They highlighted various texts showing the involvement or knowledge of leaks reflected by Strzok’s texts. On Dec. 15, 2016, he wrote, “Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried and political, they’re kicking in to overdrive.” “Think there will be a crescendo of leaks/articles leading up to Thurs,” he tweeted on June 6, 2017.

Johnson and Grassley emphasized in their letter that the Trump administration “has faced 125 leaked stories — one leak a day — containing information that was potentially damaging to national security,” according to standards laid out during the Obama administration.

The Republicans have sought answers formally from the ICIG concerning those leaks since May. But, they wrote Wednesday, the ICIG has been nonresponsive — and even claimed that it cannot comment because Atkinson gave closed-door congressional testimony on Capitol Hill and the transcript of his remarks is not yet public.

But there were even more bombshells from the new texts and a filing by Sidney Powell, the attorney for Gen. Michael Flynn.

Powell has moved to dismiss the case against Flynn and asked the court to hold the government in contempt for suppressing texts between Lisa Page and Peter Strozk. The motion is a stunning look into the effort to target Flynn to get at the president.

Powell alleges a set-up of Flynn including that the FBI 302s related to Flynn were edited. A 302 is the form the FBI uses to reflect what a witness says during an interview. Powell’s filing also suggests that Office of Net Assessment’s James Baker illegally leaked the transcripts of Flynn’s calls to David Ignatius of the Washington Post. And Powell is specifically looking for the phone records of James Clapper to see about his contacts with Ignatius, including that he essentially told Ignatius to “take the kill shot on Flynn.”

The new texts released confirm the editing, showing multiple references to editing the 302s by multiple parties, as Techno Fog breaks down in these tweets.

This is troubling in the extreme.