(CNSNews.com) - The case against Gen. Michael Flynn "must be dismissed, preferably for government misconduct, but in any event, the guilty plea or the guilty verdict (must be) thrown out," Flynn's attorney Sidney Powell told Fox News's Sean Hannity Thursday night.
Gen. Flynn is "absolutely innocent, he has been the whole time," Powell insisted.
She said documents now filed with the court show that Flynn was "coerced" into pleading guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI "by virtue of secret side-deals" between Flynn's former attorney and prosecutors in the Special Counsel's Office, who threatened to indict Flynn's son if Flynn did not plead guilty immediately.
Newly revealed documents, unsealed Wednesday by a federal judge, indicate the FBI knew it had dubious grounds for investigating Flynn:
"What's our goal?" one handwritten FBI note says. "Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?" The note also reads: "If we're seen as playing games, WH (White House) will be furious. Protect our institution by not playing games."
But the FBI did play games, Powell said:
So the case has been a travesty of justice from the get-go, as the documents that have just come out explain and make clear. They were planning to set him up in some fashion.
They tried one thing after the other -- first there was the Russian hoax (Flynn suspected of being a Russian agent), and there was absolutely no evidence of that. They even put a surveillance tail on a Russian person and made sure that person never contacted Flynn, and of course, that person didn't contact Flynn.
So by January 4th, they had to close the file on the Russia hoax...So then, you're right, the next day was the meeting in the Oval Office with Obama, which happens to be the same day that Christopher Steele wipes out all his documents on his supposed Steele dossier database.
It's all tied together. January 5th and 6th were extremely busy days, and then Comey was dispatched on Jan. 6 ... to brief President (elect) Trump on the salacious aspects of the dossier, only to set the news hook for Buzzfeed and CNN to run with the whole dossier story.
Powell has filed documents with the court indicating that by Jan. 4, 2017, the FBI concluded it had no "derogatory" information on Flynn, who had been investigated on suspicion of being a Russian agent.
As the FBI prepared to close the case, dubbed "Crossfire Razor," FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok urged against it: “Hey, don’t close RAZOR,” Strzok wrote.
And so the investigation into Gen. Flynn continued.
After setting up a supposedly innocent chat with Flynn in his White House office -- four days after Trump was inaugurated -- the FBI "got" Flynn on charges of lying about his phone conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Former FBI Director James Comey later admitted that Flynn didn't know the real reason for the FBI agents' visit to his office. Comey said he sent the agents -- including Peter Strzok -- without going through the White House Counsel's office. Comey admitted he was taking advantage of the chaos attending the first days of the new administration.
Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe made the phone call to arrange the FBI's Jan. 24 visit to Flynn. He told Flynn he didn't need to have a lawyer present.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted on Thursday that the newly revealed FBI notes on Flynn "are stamped w SCO as in Special Counsels Office."
Grassley asked, "Did Mueller have these docs? Why did his team sit on them? What else is Mueller team that cost taxpayers $30+ million hiding? The ppl deserve answers 2restore faith in federal law enforcement agencies."