U.S. Attorney John Durham has reportedly been investigating the leaks of potentially classified information to the Washington Post in early 2017 about President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn.
Durham, who was tapped by Attorney General William Barr last year to look into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, is investigating media leaks including one to David Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist, reported The New York Times.
In a Jan. 12, 2017, article, Ignatius said Flynn cultivated “close Russian contacts” and cited a “senior U.S. government official” who revealed Flynn had talked to then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on Dec. 29, 2016. Ignatius also raised the possibility that Flynn had violated the Logan Act.
A follow-up article by the Post on Feb, 9, 2017, stated that Flynn discussed sanctions that the Obama administration had placed against Russia with Kislyak, citing nine current and former officials.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to making false statements to the FBI on Jan. 24, 2017, about his conversations with Kislyak on sanctions on Russia and a United Nations resolution on Israel. In January, He filed to withdraw his guilty plea, claiming that he did not knowingly lie to investigators. He has said that he took a plea deal in order to protect his son from legal jeopardy.
“I have spent my entire adult life accepting great responsibility. I accepted the plea agreement to stop the pain and threats to my family and to accept responsibility for what the government I have defended and served for more than thirty-three years said I did wrong,” Flynn said in his declaration.
“However, if my counsel had informed me both agents said I showed ‘sure demeanor,’ ‘did not give any indications of deception,’ and that I showed ‘no indication that I was lying, or that I believed I was lying,’ I would not have signed the plea agreement, or entered a guilty plea,” he added.
.@GenFlynn is a true American patriot whose life was turned upside down by unscrupulous powerful people who attempted to deceive the American people and the world. Flynn’s statement speaks volumes. I never doubted his innocence for one minute. He is a hero and @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/QfmNN0Xw22
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) April 25, 2020
Flynn’s legal team, led by former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, is pressing for the dismissal of his case, arguing the Department of Justice inspector general’s report revealed FBI treated Flynn unfairly. On Friday, Powell said that the FBI had handed over exonerating evidence they had concealed from Flynn.
“#BREAKING The government just provided the Flynn defense with remarkable new & long withheld BRADY evidence,” Powell tweeted. “Stay tuned.”
#BREAKING The government just provided the #Flynn defense with remarkable new & long withheld BRADY evidence. Letter below just filed. Stay tuned.@realDonaldTrump @Techno_Fog @seanmdav @seanhannity @ProfMJCleveland @BarbaraRedgate @JosephJFlynn1 @lofly727 @GoJackFlynn pic.twitter.com/06dS1ybv6L
— Sidney Powell 🇺🇸⭐⭐⭐ (@SidneyPowell1) April 24, 2020