Justice Department documents released in connection with the withdrawal of charges against retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn mark the first official unraveling of one of Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s cases.
The DOJ’s court filings provide telling new public indications that the department’s investigative searchlight has swiveled around to shine on a pattern of questionable tactics employed by prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into now-debunked claims of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to hijack the 2016 election.
Based on the filings and conversations with senior Trump administration sources, it now appears that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s inquiry into the origins and conduct of the Russia probe is widening, and several senior U.S. officials — Mueller prosecutors as well as top FBI leadership — may be under scrutiny.
Misrepresentation of Papadopoulos cooperation: Mueller prosecutors claimed in court filings that Trump volunteer George Papadopoulos hindered the FBI’s Russia investigation.
Silence about Trump Tower meeting exculpatory evidence: The special counsel withheld information regarding the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, preserving the viability of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
Court filings with deceptively edited email: In November 2017, Mueller prosecutors filed court documents with deceptively edited email between Papadopoulos and other Trump advisers.
Scope memo used debunked Steele Dossier to set investigative parameters: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s Aug. 2, 2017 memorandum laying out the scope of the special counsel investigation relied on the discredited “Steele Dossier” of Clinton campaign opposition research to set some of the Mueller prosecution’s parameters.
Mueller final testimony ignores Steele Dossier: In his July 24, 2019 congressional testimony regarding his investigation into Russian election meddling, Mueller said he would not discuss “matters related to the so-called Steele Dossier.”
Deceptive editing of Dowd voicemail: The Mueller Report also deceptively edits a Nov. 22, 2017 voicemail from White House lawyer John Dowd to Flynn’s previous counsel to bolster a narrative that Trump was obstructing the investigation.
The secret side deal: According to Flynn’s current lawyer Sidney Powell, special counsel prosecutor Van Grack made a secret side deal with Flynn’s previous counsel.