“The Obama administration was “afraid” retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn would find out about improper access to National Security Agency data as President Trump’s national security adviser, according to former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova.
His assertion adds insight to an allegation by Flynn’s lawyer, Sidney Powell, who claims her client was prepared to “audit” the U.S. Intelligence Community as White House national security adviser when he was “set up” by the FBI, resulting in an ensuing controversy that led to his swift ouster from the role.
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett asked diGenova, a lawyer whose work was caught up in the Ukraine-impeachment controversy if the previous administration sought to “sabotage” the Trump presidency by “going after” Flynn, who was under investigation in the FBI’s Russia inquiry.
“I don’t think there is any doubt that was part of it,” diGenova said on Witch Hunt: The Flynn Vindication, a program that aired Sunday evening on Fox News. “They needed to get Gen. Flynn removed because once he’s installed as the national security adviser, within a short period of time, he would know everything that had gone on in Crossfire Hurricane, and he would know about the illegal basis for everything that had transpired before it.”
“We know now, by the way, that President Obama is the only president to have multiple opinions by the FISA court, chief judges, accusing him and his FBI and DOJ of illegally accessing NSA databases, and that is one of the things they were really afraid of Flynn finding out about,” he added.
DiGenova appeared to be referring to information that was disclosed in 2017 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union and reported by a former columnist at The Hill, John Solomon, in a piece about the NSA and the FBI informing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or the Justice Department’s national security division about surveillance violations between 2016 and 2019.” (Read more: Washington Examiner, 5/25/2020) (Archive)