WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has filed a $50M claim against the FBI, the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for DC, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, and the Executive Office of the President for “initiating a false, reckless, abusive, and malicious criminal prosecution against him” in connection with the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The Form 95 Civil Claim was filed by lawyer, Jesse Binnall on February 22, and it alleges that both the FBI and former President President Barack Obama had a personal grudge against Flynn.
“Of all of President Trump’s appointees, the Obama White House hated Flynn the most. Beginning in July 2016, the FBI began to express disdain for candidate Donald J. Trump and began to consider ways in which it could hamper Donald Trump as candidate or as President, were he to win the 2016 election,” the filing said. “As part of these efforts, the FBI began to target Flynn. Flynn was no stranger to the FBI and its leadership, many of whom considered Flynn to be a personal enemy of the FBI and the success of their own FBI careers.”
In 2017, then-President Donald Trump accepted Flynn’s resignation – just 24 days into his job as White House national security adviser – after Flynn acknowledged misleading Vice President Pence and other administration officials about his potentially illegal conversations with a Russian envoy.
In December 2017, during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, Flynn pleaded guilty to “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI regarding conversations with Russia’s ambassador.
Flynn would later be issued a presidential pardon by Trump after DOJ lawyers requested that his case be dismissed.
In his claim, Flynn and Binnall – who allege that there was “political motivation” behind Flynn’s prosecution – are seeking “compensatory damages including but not limited to lost past and future earnings/revenue, emotional distress, lost opportunity to be President’s National Security Advisor, significant restraints of personal liberty, attorney fees/expenses and court costs in defending against malicious prosecution, abuse of process, false arrest.”
“For years government bureaucrats and left wing agitators believed they could attack General Flynn with impunity. No more. If you wrongfully attack an American hero, then you should be held to account,” Binnall said. “This Federal Tort Claims Act Action is just the beginning of that accountability. Lt. General Michael Flynn will no longer be the pin cushion of the radical left.”
Flynn is claiming $5 million in property damage and $45 million in lost earnings as a result of his prosecution.