Documents declassified in April indicate Strzok abruptly stopped the FBI from closing its investigation into Flynn in early January 2017 at the insistence of the FBI’s “7th floor” leadership after the bureau had uncovered “no derogatory information” on Flynn. Emails from later that month showed Strzok, along with FBI lawyer Lisa Page and several others, sought out ways to continue investigating Flynn, including by deploying the Logan Act.
The Logan Act, which forbids private citizens from engaging in unauthorized correspondence with foreign governments in relation to “disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States,” was passed in 1799 and has only been used to indict someone twice, in 1802 and 1852, with no convictions.
Flynn’s team claims the Logan Act “became an admitted pretext to investigate General Flynn.” Flynn, who Trump picked to be his national security adviser on Nov. 18, 2016, became the subject of intense media scrutiny and a cornerstone in arguments that the Trump campaign had ties to Russia…
A list of officials who received information in response to unmasking requests, declassified by now-former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, shows that 16 individuals made 49 unmasking requests related to Flynn between Election Day 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017. The National Security Agency document shows 39 Obama officials who received the unmasking intelligence.
One of the senior officials on the list was Biden. In recent interviews, Biden contradicted himself on what he knew about the Flynn investigation and when he knew it.