Flynn would eventually plead guilty to lying to the FBI as a result of the answers he gave during this informal interview.
“With all the chaos…we thought we might actually get away with sending agents over to the White House to sit down with Flynn,” Campbell quotes Comey saying about arranging the Jan. 24, 2017, interview with Flynn.
Campbell, who left the FBI to join CNN in February 2018, writes that normal FBI protocol for an interview with a high-level White House official would have the bureau send a request to the White House counsel’s office, and then wait for approval to send over agents.
But Comey decided to work around those guidelines in hopes of catching Flynn with his guard down.
“We just decided, you know, screw it,” Comey said, according to the book.