According to the note, Biden suggested that Justice Department officials might investigate Mike Flynn, Trump’s designated national security adviser, for allegedly violating the Logan Act — a little-known 1799 law that bans unauthorized Americans from talking to foreign adversaries and never has been used successfully to prosecute anyone — during Flynn’s talks with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn supporters see the note as proof that Obama and Biden actively pushed for the probe.
And Biden seems evasive when he talks about the matter.
In May, the former vice president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he knew “nothing about these moves to investigate Michael Flynn.” When Stephanopoulos reminded Biden that he had sat in on the Jan. 5 meeting on Flynn, Biden responded that he thought Stephanopoulos, “asked me whether or not I had anything to do with him being prosecuted,” which doesn’t quite make sense. Biden then said, “I was aware that they asked about an investigation.”
So did any of the reporters in Tuesday’s press briefing ask Biden if he recommended that federal investigators look into whether Flynn violated the Logan Act? No, they were too busy asking questions on the same topic without getting a good answer.