One of the most damning charges contained within Powell’s 37-page court brief is that Page, the DOJ lawyer assigned to the office of then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, may have materially altered Flynn’s interview FD-302, which was drafted by Strzok. FBI agents transfer handwritten interview notes onto a formal testimonial document, FD-302, within five days of conducting an interview, while recollections are still fresh.
It is unheard of for someone not actually on the interview itself to materially alter an FD-302. As an FBI agent, no one in my chain of command ever directed me to alter consequential wording. And as a longtime FBI supervisor, I never ever directed an agent to recollect something different from what they discerned during an interview. Returning a 302 for errors in grammar, punctuation, or syntax is appropriate. This occurs before the document is ultimately uploaded to a particular file, conjoined with the original interview notes which are safely secured inside a 1-A envelope, and secured as part of evidence at trial.
With this in mind, this related text message exchange from Strzok to Page dated Feb. 10, 2017, nauseated me:
"I made your edits and sent them to Joe. I also emailed you an updated 302. I’m not asking you to edit it this weekend, I just wanted to send it to you.
Here's something else he ought to be upset about: when Eric Holder was AG he ordered these clowns to start recording interviews instead of "I'll take notes and write it down later." Yet years later the bastards STILL aren't recording. Why?
Only reason I can think of is an actual recording can't be screwed with the way notes can. Which tells you a lot about the EffingBI continuing to do it.
After some "I was wrong, a few agents(but only a few!) did bad things", he ends with
I am physically nauseous as I type these words. I have long maintained that innocent mistakes were made and that the investigators at the center of this maelstrom were entitled to the benefit of the doubt.
They have tarnished the badge and forever stained an agency that deserved so much better from them. I am ashamed. The irreparable damage Comey’s team has done to the FBI will take a generation to reverse."
Hah. It would take a generation IF the EffingBI ACTUALLY DID A CLEANOUT OF THE AGENCY. Which I doubt we'll see.