In a potentially devastating report, the Washington Times is reporting that just two-weeks before Donald Trump was sworn-in as president, Barack Obama pulled ex-FBI Director James Comey and ex-Deputy AG Sally Yates off to the side for some private discussion in regards to the investigation of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
As cited by Times reporter Rowan Scarborough;
President Obama talked with then-FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates about former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s infamous telephone calls with the Russian ambassador, according to a court filing on Thursday.
Mr. Obama called the two aside during a Jan. 5, 2017 White House meeting, according to Ms. Yates‘ interview with the FBI during the Robert Mueller probe.
At the time the FBI was moving to drop the investigation of Flynn in the Russia election interference probe. But then-agent Peter Strzok stopped the process.
Ms. Yates recalled that Mr. Comey told the president about the Logan Act, a 1799 law that prohibits private citizens form opposing current foreign affairs policies. Other documents show the FBI wanted Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, to admit violating the law.
Ms.Yates said she did not know about the Kislyak call or the Logan Act discussion within the FBI. She thought it might be a technical violation during the transition, but the FBI “was more eager to pursue prosecution initially.”
Discussions began to “ramp up,” she said, after the Washington Post’s David Ignatius reported on Jan. 12 a leak out of the Obama Justice Department that Flynn had talked to Mr. Kislyak and may have violated the Logan Act.