Newly revealed text messages exchanged between the disgraced Lisa Paige and Peter Strzok show that a serious law may have been broken during a discussion of the Michael Flynn case.
As Townhall reports:
The U.S. Code makes it a felony offense, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, to knowingly alter or falsify an entry in a document with the intent to influence a federal investigation. This is comparatively a more serious offense than the false statement charge that Michael Flynn pled to, which carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison…
According to insinuations made by Flynn’s lawyers in hearings and court filings, statements made by Sidney Powell to the media, and pursuant to a review of the publicly available materials related to this case, the documents that the federal agents were discussing altering were almost certainly 302 reports. “An objective view of SSA 1’s purported handwritten notes with the FD-302 of the January 24, 2017 interview of Mr. Flynn that Lisa Page instructed Agent Strzok to edit on February 10, 2017, reveals equally troubling ‘inaccuracies,’ ‘omissions,’ and ‘unsupported statements,'” wrote Flynn’s lawyers in their Motion to Dismiss for Egregious Government Misconduct. “Overnight February 10-11, 2017, Strzok makes multiple changes to the FBI 302 of that interview—changes that are objectively material to the defense,” Flynn’s lawyers later explained in a supplemental filing.
A 302 report is an FBI agent’s record of investigative activity with detailed summaries of interviews conducted, which is filed on an official FBI Form, FD-302. A 302 report is akin to a very formal police report. In United States v. Harrison, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit explained the officiality of an FD-302 as follows: “In order to assure the accuracy of the reports, the [FBI] regulations require that the interviewing agent dictate or prepare a draft 302 report within five working days; it must then be typed and returned to the agent within another five working days. The agent is required to proofread the typed version and compare it with his notes for accuracy. Once this process is completed, the agent initials the report …” The 302 report guides the course of subsequent FBI action with respect to the suspect. In the Flynn case, the 302 report was altered not by the agent who drafted the notes and the original report, but by two other agents, masquerading as the original writer, in apparent disregard of the FBI policy outlined above.
Do the text messages expose Paige and Strzok knowingly altering or falsifying entries in a 302 report with the intent to influence the federal investigation of Michael Flynn, thereby committing a felony offense? Piecing the evidence together, it’s hard to see an argument to the contrary. Paige and Strzok’s alteration of the 302 report changed the course of the investigation of Flynn, prompted criminal prosecution, and induced a guilty plea by an innocent man. The chain of events that unfolded as a result of Paige and Strzok’s actions, ruining Michael Flynn’s life and reputation, would never have happened but for the alteration of the FD-302.
If proven true, these potential violations could spell jail-time for many of the parties involved.