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SET-UP: Whistleblower says top FBI exec suggested bureau had personal motives to ruin Michael Flynn’s career

“We are here today calling for an investigation into FBI systems and procedures that have allowed special treatment and bias to run rampant”

Left to right: James Comey, FBI Director, John Brennan, CIA Director, James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. FLynn, Defense Intelligence Agency Director, testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington D.C. on Feb. 4, 2014. The directors are fielding questions about the impacts of recent events and the steps being taken by the intelligence community to prevent future incidents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady) (Released)

(National SentinelThe Swamp: A whistleblower has told a U.S. lawmaker that he witnessed a senior FBI executive suggest the FBI had a personal motive and targeted former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn with the purpose of ruining his career.

As reported by The Hill, the whistleblower told Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., there may even be a video of FBI executives and agents discussing how to destroy Flynn.

The news comes as FBI Director Christopher Wray is set to testify before the House on Thursday about alleged anti-Trump political bias within the bureau.

The Hill noted that DeSantis, on Wednesday, interviewed a recently-retired FBI supervisor who said he was told by Deputy Director Andrew McCabe not to call the 2012 Benghazi attack an act of terrorism when he was preparing a report on the FBI’s findings to the larger intelligence community.

“The agent found the instruction concerning because his unit had gathered incontrovertible evidence showing a major al Qaeda figure had directed the attack and the information had already been briefed to President Obama, the lawmaker said,” The Hill reported.

In the days following the attack, in which four Americans and the U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens, were killed, the Obama administration including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly blamed the attack on anger over an anti-Muslim video, not terrorism.

That turned out to be false.

DeSantis says the whistleblower’s story is another example of how the FBI was politicized under the previous administration.

“What operational reason would there be to issue an edict to agents telling them, in the face of virtually conclusive evidence to the contrary, not to categorize the Benghazi attack as a result of terrorism?  By placing the interests of the Obama administration over the public’s interests, the order is yet another data point highlighting the politicization of the FBI,” DeSantis said.

He also noted that there have been distinct differences in high-profile FBI investigations over the past few years, notably, that of Clinton’s criminal mishandling of classified materials and the bureau’s probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

“The data points we have regarding politicization are damning enough but appear all the more problematic when viewed against the backdrop of investigations whose ferocity seemed to depend on the target: the Clinton case was investigated with an eye towards how to exonerate her and her associates, while the Russia investigation is being conducted using scorched earth tactics that seek to find anything to use against Trump associates,” DeSantis told The Hill.

In addition, DeSantis said he held talks with another whistleblower who claimed to be a witness to a teleconference in February between FBI leadership and special agents in charge the day Flynn resigned over misleading Vice President Mike Pence regarding his contacts with Russia’s U.S. ambassador.

DeSantis said the person he spoke with claimed that a senior FBI executive made an inappropriate comment hinting that the bureau had a personal motive in investigating Flynn and ruining his career.

DeSantis wants the bureau to let him know if there is a video record of the teleconference.

“The wildly divergent ways these investigations have been conducted appear to dovetail with the political bias that has been uncovered,” DeSantis said.

Several Republicans have said they believe the FBI’s handling of Clinton’s email investigation was highly politicized with an aim towards exonerating who they believed would become their next boss.

“We are here today calling for an investigation into FBI systems and procedures that have allowed special treatment and bias to run rampant,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said. “The law demands equal treatment for all, not ‘special’ treatment for some. There is a clear and consistent pattern of treating the Clinton investigation differently than other investigations.”

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