Justice Department Says It ‘Inadvertently’ Altered Documents In Flynn Case
The Justice Department said it “inadvertently” altered documents it submitted to a federal court amid its ongoing effort to have the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn dismissed, CNN reported on Wednesday.
At the request of Attorney General William Barr, federal prosecutors began reviewing the Flynn case earlier this year and have been sharing internal FBI and Justice Department documents with Flynn's lawyers. After a recent batch of handwritten notes were released, two former FBI officials wrote to the court saying that their notes contained dates and markings that were not authentic.
CNN reported that federal prosecutors said on Wednesday that the markings were accidentally caused by FBI agents who examined the original files and forgot to remove sticky notes estimating dates.
The handwritten notes weren't dated, so the FBI agents put sticky notes on the files with "estimated dates," and forgot to remove them before scanning the documents, which were later entered into the court record.
"Those two sticky notes were inadvertently not removed when the notes were scanned by FBI Headquarters, before they were forwarded to our office for production," said lawyers for the Justice Department, referring to notes by former top FBI official Peter Strzok. They also said a similar error was made on a document written by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
The news outlet also noted that “President Donald Trump and his allies have used the documents, and past releases, to promote their baseless conspiracy theory that McCabe and Strzok were part of a "deep state" plot to sabotage Trump.”