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Circa: FBI's Investigation of Michael Flynn Sure Looks Like a Case of Political Retaliation

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe scowls during Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

Is the FBI's criminal probe against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a case of political retaliation?

A new report from Circa News by Sara Carter and John Solomon sure makes a strong case for it.

According to the report, the intel leaks that led to Flynn's firing may well have been part of a political hit job launched in retaliation for the retired Army general's involvement in a sex discrimination case against associates of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

In 2014, Flynn, then director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, personally intervened on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz by writing a letter vouching for her on his official Pentagon stationary and offering to testify on her behalf. He also supported her case in a radio interview in 2015.

Gritz had worked with the intelligence community for over a decade, helping them successfully track down global terrorists and rescue Western hostages.  According to Circa, "she was even occasionally called upon to personally brief then-Director Robert Mueller on sensitive cases like the disappearance of a retired agent Robert Levinson inside Iran."

But her stellar career suddenly hit the skids after she started working for McCabe and his leadership team. In 2012, she received her first negative rating after years of outstanding performance reviews and was eventually drummed out of her job. She initially filed an EEOC complaint against a handful of bureau executives. Later in 2014, she added McCabe to the complaint, alleging that she suffered “a hostile environment, defamation of character through continued targeting by Andrew McCabe."

In official documents, Gritz alleged that she was a victim of "continuous patterns and instances of severe and excessive hostile behavior/attitude"  and that the actions had "a negative impact on the complainant, professionally, financially, and personally.”

The FBI, for its part, claimed that Gritz had become "underperforming, tardy to work, insurbordinate, possibly mentally ill or emotional and deserving of a poor performance review."

Flynn argued just the opposite in his May 9, 2014 letter: “SSA Gritz was well-known, liked and respected in the military counter-terrorism community for her energy, commitment and professional capacity, and over the years worked in several interagency groups on counter-terrorism targeting initiatives.”

He continued in his letter: “Her work consistently made a positive difference. ... Her tenacity and personal commitment consistently produced outstanding results in the most challenging environments.”

As soon as Gritz revealed to the FBI that Flynn and other top federal figures had written letters to support her case and likely would be called as witnesses, the bureau dispatched a lawyer to try to block the evidence from being included in the EEO case, documents show.

According to Circa, at the time Flynn was offering to be a hostile witness in the case, McCabe was reportedly "soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks."