Another day, another investigation of an investigation.
The FBI will launch an internal audit of its investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Friday. The move comes after the Justice Department dropped its case against Flynn after concluding he was pressured into lying to the FBI, and as documents from that investigation continue to be declassified.
President Trump fired Flynn as his national security adviser after he admitted to lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about those conversations, but earlier this year claimed he was pressured into saying he lied. Attorney General William Barr announced earlier this month that the DOJ would move to dismiss Flynn's charges, saying the FBI's investigation into Flynn was "conducted without any legitimate investigative basis."
The DOJ's announcement has only fueled conservatives' criticisms of the intelligence community and the FBI. Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) promised to conduct the committee's own investigation into the origins of Flynn investigation, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe that led to Flynn's charges. Kathryn Krawczyk
NBC is formally investigating America's Got Talent after a meeting with Gabrielle Union, the former judge allegedly ousted after complaining about a toxic work environment.
Union announced on Twitter Wednesday that she had concluded a five hour, "productive" meeting with NBC, and "I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change." NBC also called the meeting "productive" in a statement, saying "there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts" and "we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution," Variety reports.
Reports emerged inVarietyand Vulturelast week that Union was not being brought back as a judge on America's Got Talent after she voiced concerns about the show's work environment, including complaining about alleged racist incidents like an offensive joke reportedly made by Jay Leno. She also complained about Simon Cowell smoking indoors, Vulture reports; she is allergic to cigarette smoke. Additionally, Union was told on numerous occasions that her hairstyles were "too black," Variety reports.
Deadlinereports that NBC's further investigation "involves AGT creator and judge Cowell, who seems to be at the center of what went down during Union's one-season stint on the show," also reporting that "the next step in the process for NBC is to have an as yet undetermined independent investigator prioritize moving things forward." SAG-AFTRA has also launched an investigation into the allegations. Brendan Morrow