A top official at the FBI was forced to resign on Friday amid growing allegations that he had played a role in the framing and persecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
According to NBC News, that official is FBI General Counsel Dana Boente — and the order for him to resign reportedly came not from FBI Director Christopher Wray, but rather, from “high levels” of the Justice Department.
Thus concludes, effective June 30, a 38-year career in the DOJ for Boente that saw him rise to the top of the department — even briefly serving as acting attorney general in the early days of the Trump administration — before being assigned the role of the top attorney in the FBI.
Top FBI lawyer out
In a statement on Boente’s resignation, Director Wray expressed his gratitude for the lawyer’s “long and distinguished career as a public servant.”
“Few people have served so well in so many critical, high-level roles at the Department,” the director said, according to NBC. “Throughout his long and distinguished career as a public servant, Dana has demonstrated a selfless determination to ensure that justice is always served on behalf of our citizens.”
That sounds nice and all, but it may not be an entirely accurate portrayal of Boente’s career — at least with regard to the past couple of years under President Trump’s administration.
A problematic past
NBC noted that it was in late April that Fox Business host Lou Dobbs began talking about a “bombshell” report that strongly indicated that Boente, along with Wray, had worked to block the release of certain documents related to the Flynn case.
Some or all of those documents have since been declassified and released and, at least in the view of some, bolster the notion that Flynn had been purposefully set up to be prosecuted by the outgoing Obama administration and “Deep State” hold-overs like Boente.
Adding to that is the fact that a recently leaked memo from Boente reportedly indicated that, in his view, the newly released documents on Flynn are not exculpatory at all, but rather, proved that the FBI’s efforts against him — which extended into the Robert Mueller-led special counsel probe — had been justified and warranted.
NBC also noted that, aside from the Flynn fiasco, Boente was also one of the few top officials who signed off on one of four warrants obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page — warrants that have since been shown to have been unjustified.
The bottom line
Given that he had enjoyed a nearly 40-year career in the federal government that saw him rise all the way to the top, there is little doubt that Boente is a member of the bureaucratic “Deep State” and D.C. swamp that President Trump is fighting mightily against.
The fact that the establishment media and top Democrats like Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both from Virginia, are outraged at Boente’s exit should only confirm the fact that he was not playing for President Trump’s team and needed to be shown the door.