A former FBI official suggested this week on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that former national security adviser Michael Flynn might have worn a wire during his earliest cooperation with the office of special counsel Robert Mueller — which could spell trouble for President Donald Trump.
Frank Figliuzzi, a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence, walked the “Morning Joe” hosts through the heavily redacted sentencing memo issued by Mueller’s office, which shows disgraced national security adviser Mike Flynn had offered “substantial assistance” to three separate investigations.
“I think, in fact, that underneath these redactions, if we were to lift these black magic marker points out, we would see people with the last name Trump or Kushner,” Figliuzzi said. “That’s my gut, that’s how this reads. I believe the extensive redaction is a reflection of that level of sensitivity.”
The heavy redactions were out of character for Mueller, Figliuzzi said, as he generally issues highly detailed filings.
“It’s part of a deliberate strategy to lock in the information before he’s possibly taken out,” he said. “What did we see yesterday? We saw the opposite of that, we saw lots of redaction. You do that in the FBI either when you have classified information or you are at such a sensitivity level that you cannot expose it.”
Figliuzzi then suggested that Flynn might have provided information via a wire:
“We see reference here to quick cooperation by Flynn,” Figliuzzi said. “What does that mean? Did it happen in what we call the golden hour, where you could even wire somebody up and have him share communications in real time?”