The original draft report from an FBI interview of former Trump adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was deleted, according to a letter the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed with court on Oct. 22.
The letter defended the deletion as a matter of FBI document retention policy. Flynn’s lead lawyer, former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, wasn’t satisfied with the explanation.
Powell has long sought the original draft, arguing it would prove the FBI edited the document to support a charge that Flynn lied during the interview. She said she had a witness who saw the original draft.
The DOJ letter acknowledges the original draft of the interview report FD-302 existed, saying one of the interviewing agents started writing it on the evening after the Jan. 24, 2017, interview. It identifies the agent as “SSA1,” indicating it was Supervisory Special Agent Joe Pientka.