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FBI concluded Flynn wasn't an agent of Russia and didn't believe he was trying to lie, notes show

Michael Flynn by Defense Intelligence Agency is licensed under Wikimedia Commons Public Domain
An internal Justice Department draft memo from late January 2017 indicates that the FBI concluded retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was not acting as an agent of Russia and noted that agents believed he did not think he was lying to them during an interview about his calls with Russia's ambassador. 

The heavily redacted document (dated Jan. 30, 2017) was released to the Flynn defense team earlier this week and was made visible to the public on Friday in a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It was included along with a new batch of handwritten notes from key DOJ and FBI officials from the Trump-Russia investigation following the interview of the former Trump national security adviser by now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI agent Joseph Pientka on Jan. 24, 2017.

An internal Justice Department draft memo from late January 2017 indicates that the FBI concluded retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was not acting as an agent of Russia and noted that agents believed he did not think he was lying to them during an interview about his calls with Russia's ambassador. 
The heavily redacted document (dated Jan. 30, 2017) was released to the Flynn defense team earlier this week and was made visible to the public on Friday in a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It was included along with a new batch of handwritten notes from key DOJ and FBI officials from the Trump-Russia investigation following the interview of the former Trump national security adviser by now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI agent Joseph Pientka on Jan. 24, 2017.

A summary of a Jan. 25, 2017, meeting during which the FBI briefed the Justice Department's National Security Division and other key FBI and DOJ leaders stated: “FBI advised that the purpose of the interview was to determine if General Flynn was acting as an agent of Russia. FBI advised that General Flynn was very open and forthcoming.” According to the memo, when the FBI asked Flynn about whether he discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador during the presidential transition period, “Flynn denied having the conversation and stated he would not have that type of conversation. FBI prompted Flynn with language used during the call, and he still denies having the conversation.”
Michael Flynn by Defense Intelligence Agency is licensed under Wikimedia Commons Public Domain