Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe reacted to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to drop charges against former National Security Adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, saying it was “pure politics designed to please the president.”

“The Department’s position that the FBI had no reason to interview Mr. Flynn pursuant to its counterintelligence investigation is patently false, and ignores the considerable national security risk his contacts raised,” McCabe wrote in a statement.

“Today’s move by the Justice Department has nothing to do with the facts or the law—it is pure politics designed to please the president,” he added.

The Justice Department on Thursday moved to drop the charges against Flynn after internal documents showed FBI officials questioned whether their “goal” was to get Flynn “to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”

Other materials showed efforts by anti-Trump ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok to intervene and push to keep the Flynn probe open, even after the FBI’s Washington office signaled it wanted to close it. 

Another memo reportedly written by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and McCabe, suggested that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn to “admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to former Russia Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.

Comey also admitted in 2018 that the decision to send a pair of agents to interview Flynn was not standard for investigating White House officials. He acknowledged that it was “something I probably wouldn’t have done or maybe gotten away within a more … organized administration.”

“If the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would work through the White House counsel, and there would be discussions and approvals and who would be there,” Comey explained in the December 2018 MSNBC interview.

Recalling his decision to bypass those steps, Comey said, “I thought: ‘It’s early enough, let’s just send a couple of guys over.’”

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