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Dana Boente, Last Remaining Signatory of Illegal Spying on Trump Aide, Resigns From FBI

Top FBI lawyer Dana Boente, the only remaining active official who signed the warrants to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, has announced his resignation from the bureau.

Boente signed one of the warrants renewals that have since been determined invalid by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and thus resulted in illegal surveillance.

Boente was tapped by FBI Director Christopher Wray in January 2018 to serve as general counsel. Prior to that, he served as the acting attorney general, acting deputy attorney general, and acting assistant head of the DOJs National Security Division (NSD).

He was also the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA), from September 2013 to Jan. 28, 2018. The district often handles significant terrorism, espionage, and public corruption cases. One of the trials of Trumps former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, took place in an EDVA court, as did the process with a former business partner of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump.

The affidavit against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was filed in the district during Boentes tenure, meaning Assanges trial will take place in the EDVA if hes extradited from the United Kingdom, where he is currently imprisoned.

Boente announced his decision to retire from federal service on May 29. The resignation will become effective on June 30.

“Few people have served so well in so many critical, high-level roles at the Department,” Wray said in a statement emailed to The Epoch Times by the bureau.

“Throughout his long and distinguished career as a public servant, Dana has demonstrated a selfless determination to ensure that justice is always served on behalf of our citizens. We should all be grateful for his dedication to the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the American people. As a colleague and a friend, I wish Dana the very best as he begins the next chapter in his life.”

Wray said hes “committed to ensuring that the next general counsel is experienced, objective, and prepared to lead the men and women who make up this vital part of the FBIs mission.”

NBC News reported, using unnamed sources, that Wray asked for Boentes resignation, but the decision came from the DOJ. The FBI declined to confirm or deny the report.

On April 24, The Federalist reported that “Boente led the charge internally against DOJs disclosure of the new materials” in a court case against Flynn. The report referred to “an FBI official familiar with the situation.”

An FBI official denied that Boente pushed to withhold exculpatory information from Flynn. There have been disagreements between the government and Flynn about what was and wasnt considered exculpatory.

The FBI would neither confirm nor deny whether its denial referred specifically to the documents provided to Flynn on April 24. The documents played a major role in the DOJs move to dismiss the case on May 7.

DOJ Acting Roles

Boentes march through high-level roles started on Jan. 30, 2017, when Trump appointed him as acting attorney general. Prior to that, the post was held by then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who was supposed to lead the DORead More From Source

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