The original draft report from an FBI interview of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn was deleted, according to a letter filed with the court by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Oct. 22.

The letter defended the deletion of the FBI’s 302 form as a matter of FBI document retention policy. Flynn’s lead attorney, former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, isn’t satisfied with the explanation.

Powell has long sought the original draft, arguing it would prove the FBI edited the document to support a charge that the retired three-star Army general had lied during the interview. She said she had a witness who saw the original draft.

The DOJ letter acknowledges the original draft of the interview report FD-302 existed, saying one of the interviewing agents started writing it on the evening after the Jan. 24, 2017, interview. It identifies the agent as “SSA1,” indicating it was Supervisory Special Agent Joe Pientka.

It says the report was accessed in the FBI “SENTINEL” electronic records system “on several occasions” by the SSA1 as well as the other interviewing agent, then-head of FBI counterintelligence operations Peter Strzok.

“Our review of SENTINEL’s audit trail establishes that no other FBI personnel accessed the FD-302 electronically prior to its approval and serialization,” the letter says (pdf).

Strzok’s text messages indicate he made major edits to the original draft, saying he was “trying to not completely rewrite” the document “so as to save [redacted] voice.”

The messages also indicate Strzok shared the 302 for further edits with Lisa Page, with whom he was having an an extramarital affair and who at the time was a special counsel to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Page said she would have only made grammatical edits.
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The original draft report from an FBI interview of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn was deleted, according to a letter filed with the court by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Oct. 22.

The letter defended the deletion of the FBI’s 302 form as a matter of FBI document retention policy. Flynn’s lead attorney, former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, isn’t satisfied with the explanation.

Powell has long sought the original draft, arguing it would prove the FBI edited the document to support a charge that the retired three-star Army general had lied during the interview. She said she had a witness who saw the original draft.

The DOJ letter acknowledges the original draft of the interview report FD-302 existed, saying one of the interviewing agents started writing it on the evening after the Jan. 24, 2017, interview. It identifies the agent as “SSA1,” indicating it was Supervisory Special Agent Joe Pientka.

It says the report was accessed in the FBI “SENTINEL” electronic records system “on several occasions” by the SSA1 as well as the other interviewing agent, then-head of FBI counterintelligence operations Peter Strzok.

“Our review of SENTINEL’s audit trail establishes that no other FBI personnel accessed the FD-302 electronically prior to its approval and serialization,” the letter says (pdf).

Strzok’s text messages indicate he made major edits to the original draft, saying he was “trying to not completely rewrite” the document “so as to save [redacted] voice.”

The messages also indicate Strzok shared the 302 for further edits with Lisa Page, with whom he was having an an extramarital affair and who at the time was a special counsel to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Page said she would have only made grammatical edits.
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