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Newly Filed Court Documents Include Exculpatory Evidence For Michael Flynn

New documents filed under seal in federal court include exculpatory information about former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, an FBI official told The Federalist on Friday.

 

BY:  Sean Davis

 

New court documents filed under seal include significant exculpatory information about Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, an FBI official familiar with the situation told The Federalist on Friday. The new documents, which were filed under seal by the Department of Justice Friday, allegedly include exonerating evidence about Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his conversations with foreign diplomats as Trump’s top incoming foreign policy adviser and is currently attempting to withdraw his plea, as well as evidence of malfeasance by the FBI during its investigation of Flynn.

 

According to the FBI official who spoke to The Federalist, FBI general counsel Dana Boente led the charge internally against DOJ’s disclosure of the new materials. Boente, who briefly served as acting Attorney General after Trump became president, personally signed off on one of the federal spy warrants against former Trump campaign affiliate Carter Page. The new documents, which were filed under a protective order by DOJ on Friday, will reflect poorly on the FBI, the official told The Federalist. It is not clear when, or even if, those documents will be unsealed and made available to the public for review.

 

Because the documents were filed under seal, The Federalist has not been able to review them independently. Neither the Department of Justice nor the White House responded to requests for comment about the newly filed court documents or their legal or political implications. Trump has reportedly been weighing whether to issue a pardon for Flynn.

 

 

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So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has “lost” the records of General Michael Flynn. How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!

 
 
Multiple investigative reports issued by the DOJ Office of Inspector General revealed myriad instances of corruption by FBI officials throughout the multi-year investigation of Trump and his campaign. Former FBI director James Comey was even referred for criminal investigation by the inspector general. Attorney General William Barr, who was confirmed by the Senate and sworn into office last year, appointed a seasoned federal prosecutor to investigate and determine whether other DOJ or FBI officials broke the law in attempt to oust Trump from office.

 

The federal judge overseeing the government’s case against Flynn refused to throw out his conviction last year, but is still considering whether to allow Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea. Flynn has charged his previous counsel with a conflict of interest and ineffective counsel. Sidney Powell, Flynn’s current attorney, did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the matter.

 

Powell tweeted last month that the FBI was “still hiding evidence of Flynn’s innocence” and has noted repeatedly that the FBI has failed to produce the original written FBI account, known as a 302, of its agents’ conversation with Flynn that led to charges against him.

 

 

 

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The interview gave Flynn every opportunity to tell the truth. As the FBI’s partially redacted memo documenting Flynn's interview reflects the questions were careful, they were specific. The agents planned to try and jog Flynn’s memory, if he said he could not remember a detail, by using the exact words they knew he had used in his conversation with Kislyak.

 

And Flynn, as he admitted in open court twice, did not tell the truth. That is not entrapment or a set-up, and it is very far indeed from outrageous government conduct. It’s conducting an interview, and a witness at the highest levels of government lying in the interview.

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When it comes to Trump World conspiracy theories, everything's a bombshell. In reality, Flynn is still being charged with LYING TO THE FBI.

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Flynn bombshells cast doubt on Mueller prosecutor Brandon Van Grack's compliance with court order

 

BY:  Greg Re

 

Explosive, newly unsealed evidence documenting the FBI's efforts to target national security adviser Michael Flynn -- including a top official's handwritten memo debating whether the FBI's "goal" was "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired" -- calls into question whether Brandon Van Grack, a Justice Department prosecutor and former member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Team, complied with a court order to produce favorable evidence to Flynn.

 

Since February 2018, Van Grack has been obligated to comply with D.C. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan's standing order in the Flynn case to produce all evidence in the government’s possession “that is favorable to defendant and material either to defendant’s guilt or punishment.”

 

The order also requires the government to submit favorable defense evidence to the court, including possible "impeachment evidence" that could undermine witnesses, even if the government believes the evidence “not to be material.”

 

Van Grack has long informed Sullivan that the government’s so-called "Brady" obligations, referring to prosecutors' duty to turn over exculpatory materials to defendants, have been met. In an October 2019 filing, Van Grack denied governmental misconduct and assured the court that the government “has complied, and will continue to comply, with its discovery and disclosure obligations, including those imposed pursuant to Brady and the Court’s Standing Order.”

 

In that same October 2019 motion, Van Grack elaborated on those claims, telling Sullivan that the government had not “affirmatively suppressed evidence” or hid Brady material. He denied that government was “aware of any information that would be favorable and material to [Flynn] at sentencing.”

 

Van Grack further dismissed arguments by Flynn's attorney, Sidney Powell, that “General Flynn was targeted and taken out of the Trump administration for concocted and political purposes” as “conspiracy theories.”

 

Special counsel Robert Mueller walks from the podium after speaking at the Department of Justice Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Washington, about the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

What Van Grack didn’t inform the court about – and didn’t provide to Flynn – was the newly unsealed January 4, 2017 "Closing Communication" from the FBI Washington Field Office, which recommended the FBI close its investigation of Flynn, as its exhaustive search through government databases “did not yield any information on which to predicate further investigative efforts."

 

Van Grack also failed to provide evidence to Flynn’s attorneys that anti-Trump former FBI agent Peter Strzok then immediately intervened and instructed the FBI case manager handling the Flynn investigation to keep the probe open, followed by indicators that the bureau would seek to investigate Flynn for possible violations of an obscure 18th century law known as the Logan Act -- which has never been utilized in a modern prosecution.

 

Another Strzok text mentions that the FBI’s "7th floor" – meaning FBI leadership – may have been involved in the decision to keep the Flynn case alive.

 

Instead, Van Grack characterized Flynn’s alleged false statements as critical to the FBI’s “legitimate and significant investigation into whether individuals associated with the campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump were coordinating with the Russian government in its activities to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.”

 

He argued to Sullivan that Flynn’s “conduct and communications with Russia went to the heart of that inquiry.” And Van Grack said that Flynn’s alleged “false statements to the FBI on January 24, 2017, were absolutely material.”

 

But by that time, the FBI had already cleared Flynn of any improper ties, coordination, or communication with Russia. Just a day before Flynn's January 2017 White House interview, the Washington Post ran a story declaring that the FBI "had reviewed Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador but found nothing illicit," citing unnamed "U.S. officials."

 

Shedding light on internal FBI deliberations, notes from the then-assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap -- written before the Flynn interview and after discussions with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Fox News is told -- show discussions of whether their “goal” at the White House interview was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

 

In this July 26, 2017 photo, Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division, testifies during a Judiciary Committee hearing into alleged collusion between Russian and the Trump campaign. (Reuters)

 

These unsealed notes further suggest that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn “to admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.

 

The Logan Act has never been used in a modern criminal prosecution and has a questionable constitutional status; it was enacted in 1799 in an era before telephones and was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States government abroad.

 

"Any criminal investigation grounded in Logan Act questions is an obvious political pretext to attack the Trump Administration," GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday, in a letter seeking in-person interviews and key documents. "FBI attorney Lisa Page admitted to Congress the Justice Department saw the Logan Act as an 'untested' and 'very, very old' statute."

 

This new evidence puts Van Grack at risk for accusations that he was misleading Sullivan as to the materiality of Flynn’s statements to FBI agents Strzok and Joe Pientka when they interviewed him in the White House on January 24, 2017.

 

Jordan and Johnson are now specifically seeking to question Pientka, who participated in the January 2017 White House interview that led to Flynn's prosecution.

Fox News has previously determined that Pientka was also intimately involved in the probe of former Trump aide Carter Page, which the DOJ has since acknowledged was riddled with fundamental errors and premised on a discredited dossier that the bureau was told could be part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

 

Pientka was conspicuously removed from the FBI's website after Fox News contacted the FBI about his extensive role in Crossfire Hurricane Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters -- a change first noticed by Twitter user Techno Fog -- but sources say Pientka remains in a senior role at the agency's San Francisco field office.

 

The FBI, speaking to Fox News last December, asserted that reporting on Pientka's identity would potentially endanger his life and would serve no legitimate journalistic purpose. Republicans have previously sought to question Pientka, however, beginning in 2018. On Monday, the FBI declined to provide any additional comment.

 

For an individual to be prosecuted for a false statement offense under federal law, the lie must be “material.” The newly revealed materials strongly suggest the FBI wasn’t truly concerned about Flynn’s call with Kislyak during the presidential transition period. If the questioning of Flynn by Strzok and Pientka were based on a pretext, that revelation would arguably defeat any assertion that Flynn’s purported lies were material.

 

Other reports of edited information and a secret agreement may put the issues surrounding the compliance with Sullivan’s standing order into context.

 

For example, the Mueller Report omitted key parts of a voicemail from Trump lawyer John Dowd to Flynn’s former lawyers discussing a joint defense agreement and the exchange of information.

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Flynn bombshell puts renewed attention on Durham probe, source says Barr talking to him ‘every day’

 

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham has reviewed the bombshell files released earlier this week showing FBI officials discussed whether they wanted to interview Michael Flynn in order to “get him to lie,” sources familiar with his investigation told Fox News, as the document drop renews attention on his probe of the law enforcement community's Russia case.

 

Sources even said charges could be justified against officials, and that those reviewing the Justice Department and the FBI's actions are building a "serious case." Durham and Attorney General Bill Barr are said to be speaking regularly.

 

Durham has seen all of this already,” one source told Fox News, adding that they “could be sufficient for some charges against agents.”

 

FLYNN BOMBSHELL STIRS SPECULATION OF POSSIBLE PARDON, DISMISSAL

“It’s a crime to present under oath false or misleading information,” the source told Fox News. “Not to mention obstruction of justice.”

 

Another source also told Fox News that the files have been reviewed by Durham and Jeff Jensen, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri who was tapped by the Justice Department in February to review the Flynn case specifically.

 

“They’re building a very serious case,” the second source told Fox News in reference to Durham's team.

 

MICHAEL FLYNN PROSECUTION: A TIMELINE OF TRUMP'S EX-NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER'S CASE

 

 

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Fox News has reached out to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI multiple times for comment on the Flynn files, but has not received a response.

 

Documents unsealed late Wednesday by the Justice Department revealed that top FBI officials openly questioned if their “goal” in interviewing Flynn in January 2017 was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

 

The handwritten notes were penned by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and before Flynn’s interview.

 

The notes suggested that agents also considered getting Flynn “to admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period. The Logan Act is an obscure statute that has never been successfully used in a criminal prosecution and was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States government abroad.

 

Flynn did not admit to such a violation during his 2017 interview, and later pleaded guilty to making false statements. He has since tried to withdraw the plea.

The files prompted accusations from Flynn's defenders that agents essentially talked about setting a perjury trap.

 

The source added that it is “disturbing to Durham” that “there weren’t any whistleblowers” that came forward in the FBI and Justice Department at the onset of the Russia probe.

 

Sources also told Fox News that more exculpatory documents are forthcoming, as Attorney General Barr continues to look over the DOJ's investigation into the handling of the Flynn case.

“Barr talks to Durham every day,” a source told Fox News. “The president has been briefed that the case is being pursued, and it’s serious.”

 

DURHAM PROBE EXPECTED TO END THIS SUMMER: SOURCES

 

The source added: “They’ve asked the president to say nothing about it and not screw it up. He is laying back for a change.”

 

The new Flynn documents have also raised questions of whether President Trump could pardon Flynn, or whether the case could be tossed by the Justice Department or a judge.

 

 

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A source told Fox News Friday that the president would prefer Flynn be “exonerated” by the justice system.

 

“They would prefer that he be exonerated because then it’s an exoneration by judicial process and not a pardon from a friend, or a coconspirator as some would allege,” the source said. “It would have more value from a public policy standpoint if the courts do it.”

 

The source added: “Obviously if that happens then the exoneration has credibility.”

Multiple sources have also told Fox News that Durham is expected to wrap up his investigation by the end of the summer.

 

One source suggested the investigation could end as soon as July, while another said it could be closer to September, based on Durham's progress, which could be hindered by the coronavirus pandemic rocking the nation and the globe.

 

“If they don’t have it, they’re not going to bring it,” another source told Fox News. “But they think they’ve got it.”

 

Durham was appointed last year by Barr to review the events leading up to the 2016 presidential election and through Trump’s Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration.

 

But, as Fox News first reported, Durham has since expanded his investigation to cover a post-election timeline spanning the spring of 2017 — when Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

 

 

 

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Michael Flynn case should be dismissed to preserve justice

 

BY:  Jonathan Turley

 

Previously undisclosed documents in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn offer us a chilling blueprint on how top FBI officials not only sought to entrap the former White House aide but sought to do so on such blatantly unconstitutional and manufactured grounds.

 

These new documents further undermine the view of both the legitimacy and motivations of those investigations under former FBI director James Comey. For all of those who have long seen a concerted effort within the Justice Department to target the Trump administration, the fragments will read like a Dead Sea Scrolls version of a "deep state" conspiracy.

 

One note reflects discussions within the FBI shortly after the 2016 election on how to entrap Flynn in an interview concerning his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. According to Fox News, the note was written by the former FBI head of counterintelligence, Bill Priestap, after a meeting with Comey and his deputy director, Andrew McCabe.

 

The note states, "What is our goal? Truth and admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?" This may have expressed an honest question over the motivation behind this targeting of Flynn, a decision for which Comey later publicly took credit when he had told an audience that he decided he could "get away" with sending "a couple guys over" to the White House to set up Flynn and make the case.

 

The new documents also explore how the Justice Department could get Flynn to admit breaking the Logan Act, a law that dates back to from 1799 which makes it a crime for a citizen to intervene in disputes between the United States and foreign governments. It has never been used to convict a citizen and is widely viewed as flagrantly unconstitutional.

 

In his role as the national security adviser to the president elect, there was nothing illegal in Flynn meeting with Kislyak. To use this abusive law here was utterly absurd, although other figures such as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates also raised it. Nevertheless, the FBI had latched onto this abusive law to target the retired Army lieutenant general.

 

Another newly released document is an email from former FBI lawyer Lisa Page to former FBI special agent Peter Strzok, who played the leadership role in targeting Flynn. In the email, Page suggests that Flynn could be set up by making a passing reference to a federal law that criminalizes lies to federal investigators. She suggested to Strzok that "it would be an easy way to just casually slip that in." So this effort was not about protecting national security or learning critical intelligence. It was about bagging Flynn for the case in the legal version of a canned trophy hunt.

 

It is also disturbing that this evidence was only recently disclosed by the Justice Department. When Flynn was pressured to plead guilty to a single count of lying to investigators, he was unaware such evidence existed and that the federal investigators who had interviewed him told their superiors they did not think that Flynn intentionally lied when he denied discussing sanctions against Russia with Kislyak. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team changed all that and decided to bring the dubious charge. They drained Flynn financially then threatened to charge his son.

 

Flynn never denied the conversation and knew the FBI had a transcript of it. Indeed, President Trump publicly discussed a desire to reframe Russian relations and renegotiate such areas of tensions. But Flynn still ultimately pleaded guilty to the single false statement to federal investigators. This additional information magnifies the doubts over the case.

 

Various FBI officials also lied and acted in arguably criminal or unethical ways, but all escaped without charges. McCabe had a supervisory role in the Flynn prosecution. He was then later found by the Justice Department inspector general to have repeatedly lied to investigators. While his case was referred for criminal charges, McCabe was fired but never charged. Strzok was also fired for his misconduct in the investigation.

 

Comey intentionally leaked FBI material, including potentially classified information but was never charged. Another FBI agent responsible for the secret warrants used for the Russia investigation had falsified evidence to maintain the investigation. He is still not indicted. The disconnect of these cases with the treatment of Flynn is galling and grotesque.

 

Even the judge in the case has added to this disturbing record. As Flynn appeared before District Judge Emmet Sullivan for sentencing, Sullivan launched into him and said he could be charged with treason and with working as an unregistered agent on behalf of Turkey. Pointing to a flag behind him, Sullivan declared to Flynn, "You were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser to the president of the United States. That undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out."

 

Flynn was never charged with treason or with being a foreign agent. But when Sullivan menacingly asked if he wanted a sentence then and there, Flynn wisely passed. It is a record that truly shocks the conscience. While rare, it is still possible for the district court to right this wrong since Flynn has not been sentenced. The Justice Department can invite the court to use its inherent supervisory authority to right a wrong of its own making. As the Supreme Court made clear in 1932, "universal sense of justice" is a stake in such cases. It is the "duty of the court to stop the prosecution in the interest of the government itself to protect it from the illegal conduct of its officers and to preserve the purity of its courts."

 

Flynn was a useful tool for everyone and everything but justice. Mueller had ignored the view of the investigators and coerced Flynn to plead to a crime he did not commit to gain damaging testimony against Trump and his associates that Flynn did not have. The media covered Flynn to report the flawed theory of Russia collusion and to foster the view that some sort of criminal conspiracy was being uncovered by Mueller. Even the federal judge used Flynn to rail against what he saw as a treasonous plot. What is left in the wake of the prosecution is an utter travesty of justice.

 

Justice demands a dismissal of his prosecution. But whatever the "goal" may have been in setting up Flynn, justice was not one of them.

 

 

 

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You can read this parody of the FBI investigation or ask yourself a simple question. If the hocus pocus put forth in this thread was true, why didn't the FBI drop the criminal charges against Flynn? The answer is obvious to anyone who wants the truth, the FBI is still pursuing the charges against him.

 

Flynn was the National Security Advisor, the man chosen to protect the United States from foreign adversaries. He belongs in prison.

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Secret FBI Source Provided Information On Michael Flynn Visit To UK

 

BY:  Chuck Ross

 

  • A confidential informant provided information to the FBI regarding Michael Flynn’s visit to the University of Cambridge when he served as an intelligence official in the Obama administration, according to newly public documents. 

 

  • An FBI memo says the source told investigators they were “somewhat suspicious” of Flynn’s interactions at the Cambridge event with a Russian-British researcher. 

 

  • Svetlana Lokhova, who says she is the researcher in question, says the FBI source spread false allegations about her as part of “a plot to set up Gen. Flynn.”

 

  • The FBI memo suggests that investigators did not find evidence to substantiate the source’s allegations.  

 

A secret source for the FBI provided investigators working on the Trump-Russia probe with unverified allegations regarding Michael Flynn and a Russian-British academic at the University of Cambridge, according to documents made public on Thursday.

 

According to a Jan. 4, 2017 memo, investigators on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team asked an “established” confidential human source, or CHS, for any information about Flynn to potentially use for a counterintelligence investigation against the retired lieutenant general.

 

The source told investigators about an “incident” during Flynn’s visit to an event when he served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, according to the memo, which was unsealed Thursday in legal proceedings in Flynn’s case.

 

The FBI at the time was investigating several Trump associates for possible ties to the Russian government. The memo cited evidence that had been collected on Flynn, including from the CHS, but said that there was not enough evidence to continue a counterintelligence investigation against him.

 

(RELATED: FBI Planned To Close Michael Flynn Investigation, And Then Peter Strzok Intervened)

 

The information from the CHS appears to center on a visit that Flynn made to the University of Cambridge in February 2014, when he served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The memo does not specify the location of the event, or with whom Flynn interacted. But multiple news reports in recent years have said that U.S. intelligence officials had some interest in Flynn’s visit to the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar, an event hosted at the storied British university for high-profile intelligence officials from around the world.

 

The memo says that the CHS was “somewhat suspicious” of a person who interacted with Flynn at the event. The source believed that Flynn’s interlocutor “has been affiliated with several prominent members” of an organization that is not identified in the memo.

 

It was not previously known that the FBI relied on information from informants as part of the investigation of Flynn.

 

Investigators used at least three confidential sources as a part of Crossfire Hurricane. One of the CHSs has been identified as Stefan Halper, a former Republican political operative who taught at Cambridge. He secretly recorded Trump campaign aides Carter Page and George Papadopoulos as part of the investigation.

 

(RELATED: A London Meeting Before The Election Aroused George Papadopoulos’s Suspicions)

 

Christopher Steele, a former MI6 officer, also served as an FBI source for the investigation. He is best known as the author of a salacious dossier that the FBI used to obtain warrants to surveil Carter Page.

 

The FBI contacted Halper in August 2016 to seek his help on the Crossfire Hurricane probe, according to a Justice Department inspector general’s (IG) report.

 

Halper agreed, and met Page and Papadopoulos. The IG report said that Halper — referred to as “Source 2” in the report — “had been previously acquainted with Michael Flynn.”

Halper was a co-convener of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar that Flynn attended. He ran the seminar alongside Cambridge professor Christopher Andrew and Sir Richard Dearlove, the former chief of MI6.

 

Dearlove reportedly had contact before the 2016 election with Steele.

 

Svetlana Lokhova, a Russian-British historian who studied at Cambridge, says she is the person referenced in the memo who allegedly interacted with Flynn.

 

She also says she believes that Halper is the CHS described in the FBI’s Flynn memo. The Daily Caller News Foundation could not independently verify that Halper is the CHS. His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

 

More than three years ago, several news outlets reported vaguely sourced stories implying that Lokhova and Flynn had suspicious contact during the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar event.

 

“I have been very clear since these lies first appeared in the press in 2017 that my good name was abused in a plot to set up General Flynn,” Lokhova told the DCNF.

 

The Wall Street Journal and Guardian reported in March 2017 that U.S. intelligence officials were suspicious of Flynn’s interactions at a Cambridge event in February 2014 with Lokhova, who studied Soviet-era espionage at Cambridge.

 

The Journal reported on March 17, 2017 that the contact between Lokhova and Flynn “came to the notice of U.S. intelligence.” The Guardian reported on March 31, 2017 that “US intelligence officials had serious concerns” about Flynn because of his interaction with Lokhova.

 

Lokhova, who has sued both news outlets and Halper, said the FBI’s informant “fabricated this story” regarding her and Flynn.

 

Lokhova attended the event along with other students and Cambridge faculty, but has vehemently denied any impropriety with Flynn.

 

She has said that she was never alone with Flynn at the Cambridge event and did not leave with him. She has told the DCNF that her husband, David North, picked her up from the event. North has also told the DCNF that he picked Lokhova up from the seminar.

 

Lokhova has provided the DCNF with photos of Flynn with Andrew and Dearlove, the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar co-conveners.

 

There are several indications besides Lokhova’s denials that nothing improper transpired at the Cambridge event.

 

Dan O’Brien, a DIA official who attended the Cambridge event with Flynn, told the Journal for its March 2017 article that he did not witness any improper interactions between Flynn and Lokhova.

 

The FBI memo also suggests that investigators were not able to verify the CHS’s claims about the Cambridge event.

 

“While a CHS provided some information on [Flynn’s] interaction with [redacted] the absence of derogatory information on [redacted] limited the investigative value of the information,” reads the memo, which was drafted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

 

The office recommended that the FBI close the counterintelligence investigation of Flynn, citing a lack of evidence that he was working wittingly or unwittingly with the Russian government.

“Following the compilation of the above information, the CH team determined that CROSSFIRE RAZOR was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger CROSSFIRE HURRICANE umbrella case,” the memo says.

 

It goes on to say that a review of intelligence databases “did not yield any information on which to predicate further investigative efforts.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BY:  Gregg Re

 

Internal FBI documents unsealed Thursday indicate that Peter Strzok -- the now-disgraced anti-Trump former head of FBI counterintelligence -- ordered the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to remain open even after it was slated to be closed due to a lack of so-called "derogatory" information.

 

The materials surfaced just a day after explosive FBI communications revealed that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing Flynn in the White House on January 24, 2017 -- and openly questioned if their "goal" was "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired."

 

Those handwritten notes -- written by the FBI's former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, Fox News is told -- suggested that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn "to admit to breaking the Logan Act" when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period. The Logan Act has never been used in a criminal prosecution and has a questionable constitutional status; it was enacted in 1799 in an era before telephones, and was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States government abroad.

 

BOMBSHELL FBI MATERIALS REVEAL FBI DISCUSSED INTERVIEWING FLYNN TO GET HIM TO LIE, GET HIM FIRED

 

In late 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to Strzok and another agent during that White House interview. But he has yet to be sentenced, as his team has sought to withdraw his guilty plea, citing "egregious"FBI misconduct. (The other interviewing agent, most likely Supervisory Special Agent Joe Pientka, has been scrubbed from the FBI website after Fox News asked the bureau about him, and he has largely evaded scrutiny -- despite his key role in both the Flynn probe and Carter Page investigations.)

 

Thursday's document release shows that on January 4, 2017, weeks before the fateful January 24, 2017 White House interview, the FBI’s Washington Field Office issued a “Closing Communication" indicating that the bureau was terminating "CROSSFIRE RAZOR" -- the newly disclosed codename for the investigation of Flynn.

 

READ THE NEW FBI DOCUMENTS ON 'CROSSFIRE RAZOR'

 

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@jimc91 wrote:

BY:  Gregg Re

 

Internal FBI documents unsealed Thursday indicate that Peter Strzok -- the now-disgraced anti-Trump former head of FBI counterintelligence -- ordered the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to remain open even after it was slated to be closed due to a lack of so-called "derogatory" information.

 


Just like your other posts, absolutely meaningless until a court rules on the motion to see if there is even enough "evidence" there to allow it.  Posting images of heavily redacted documents prove nothing.  An OPINION by Gregg Re is worthless.  I would look at other lawyers for a better informed opinion than believing anything that guy says.

How many times are you going to insist on posting THE EXACT SAME THING as if it somehow proves anything beyond your ability to copy and paste?

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Here is something for all to think about. The last few days we have seen articles posted to start threads, keep threads going, divert from real news by the Trump supporters. It is panic time for Trump and his leaders so they work the enablers. We all post truth which easily counters the support articles, but some times it takes a few days till we get solid proof of how wrong they were.

 

It was not long ago there were tons of posts on how well Trump was doing in getting supplies to fight the virus for the States. We all posted back that was not true, and in time the enablers were given a new subject to post on. Today we got solid proof on how Trump is getting a lot of the supplies. Here is the story:

Reb. Gov.  of Md. purchased something like 500,000 masks from Korea. They were sent by a Korean Airlines 747 flight to the US. The Reb. Gov. of MD had the Korean Airlines plane land at BWI instead of Dulles airport. It was the first time a Korean Airlines plane ever landed at BWI. When it landed it was greeted by  MD National Guard, and Md State Police who supervised the unloading of the cargo and taking it to a State Storage building where it is under guard by them now. The Reb. Gov told the press he did this to stop Trump (FEMA) from stealing the cargo like he has done a number of times in the past from other States.

NOW WE HAVE PROOF OF WHAT TRUMP DOES, and the enablers can no longer say it is not true.  Truth always wins out.

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Explosive New Flynn Documents Show FBI Goal Was To ‘Get Him Fired’

 
Handwritten notes from the FBI that had been withheld from Michael Flynn and his defense team show that the FBI's goal in investigating and ambushing Flynn was 'to get him fired.'

 

BY:  Sean Davis

 

New documents filed under seal last week by the Department of Justice provide the clearest evidence yet that the investigation and subsequent prosecution of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was a set-up from the beginning. Handwritten notes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that had been inappropriately withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

 

In early 2017, FBI agents planned to question Flynn under false pretenses and without his attorneys present regarding his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. At the time of those conversations, Flynn was the top foreign policy adviser of the president-elect of the United States. By the time of the ambush FBI interview, Flynn had already been appointed as the White House national security adviser.

 

In the handwritten FBI notes, the note-taker, whose identity was not made clear in the document production, wrote that an alternate goal is to “get [Flynn] to admit breaking the Logan Act,” a reference to a 1799 law restricting communications between private citizens and foreign governments. The law is widely viewed as unconstitutional and has never been used to successfully prosecute a single American citizen. The previously secret notes do not explain that Flynn was not a private citizen, but rather the incoming national security adviser at the time of his conversations with world leaders.

 

Accusations that Flynn was a traitor to his country who violated the 1799 law gained steam following the criminal leak of top-secret information to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. Ignatius’ sources suggested the routine conversation between a top incoming White House adviser and his foreign counterparts might be a Logan Act violation. As absurd as the suggestion was, Ignatius dutifully parroted it.

 

News reports indicate U.S. Attorney John Durham is currently investigating the sources of those criminal leaks of top secret national security information to Ignatius. Although the agents who interviewed Flynn initially stated they believed Flynn told them the truth during the Jan. 24 interview, Special Counsel Robert Mueller nonetheless charged Flynn in late 2017 with making false statements to FBI investigators in the interview.

 

Flynn pleaded guilty to the charge at the time but is currently trying to withdraw that plea, citing ineffective counsel and government corruption in the conduct of his case.

 

The explosive new documents support Flynn’s latest claims that Obama-era Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials had conspired to set him up from the beginning and that they never had any legitimate basis for investigating him.

 

The author of the handwritten notes filed under seal last week also wrote, “We have a case on Flynn and Russians,” and “our goal is to resolve case.” Despite those claims of treasonous Russian collusion, Mueller found, after a sprawling, multi-year, multimillion-dollar investigation, that there was zero evidence of illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

 

In reality, the only Russian collusion that happened during the 2016 campaign was between the Clinton campaign and a subcontractor it funded, who was at the time working on behalf of a sanctioned Russian oligarch. That agent, former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, created for the Clinton campaign the entire basis for charges of illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. That document, known as the Steele dossier, has been thoroughly debunked since it was first released in early January 2017. The Clinton campaign, in cooperation with the Democratic National Committee, secretly funded the creation of that document and its distribution throughout the media. To date, none of its key collusion claims has been corroborated.

 

Steele’s operation became a primary basis for the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation of the Trump campaign. The false allegations contained in the dossier were also used by FBI and DOJ officials to justify four separate spy warrants against Carter Page, a Trump campaign affiliate. The FBI also investigated Flynn as part of this operation.

 

The FBI notes also show that the author of the document had misgivings about the FBI’s conduct in interviewing Flynn.

 

“I agreed yesterday that we shouldn’t show Flynn [REDACTED] if he didn’t admit,” the FBI author wrote. “I thought [about] it last night, [and] I believe we should rethink this.”

 

“We regularly show subjects evidence, with the goal of getting them to admit wrongdoing,” the notes said. “I don’t see how getting someone to admit their wrongdoing is going easy on him.”

 

The redaction portion of the notes is believed to reference transcripts of phone calls between Flynn and other foreign officials. Those transcripts have never been publicly released, making it impossible to independently assess whether Flynn lied about those conversations.

 

The handwritten FBI notes end with a prophetic line, given the voluminous evidence of misconduct by FBI and DOJ officials in their investigation of Trump and their attempt to oust him from office.

“If we’re seen as playing games, [the White House] will be furious,” the author wrote. “Protect our institution by not playing games.”

 

Flynn is awaiting a ruling on his motion to have the entire case dismissed. You can read the documents unsealed and made available on the public court docket earlier this evening here.

 

 

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Explosive New Flynn Documents Show FBI Goal Was To ‘Get Him Fired’

 
Handwritten notes from the FBI that had been withheld from Michael Flynn and his defense team show that the FBI's goal in investigating and ambushing Flynn was 'to get him fired.'

 

BY:  Sean Davis

 

New documents filed under seal last week by the Department of Justice provide the clearest evidence yet that the investigation and subsequent prosecution of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was a set-up from the beginning. Handwritten notes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that had been inappropriately withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

 

In early 2017, FBI agents planned to question Flynn under false pretenses and without his attorneys present regarding his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. At the time of those conversations, Flynn was the top foreign policy adviser of the president-elect of the United States. By the time of the ambush FBI interview, Flynn had already been appointed as the White House national security adviser.

 

In the handwritten FBI notes, the note-taker, whose identity was not made clear in the document production, wrote that an alternate goal is to “get [Flynn] to admit breaking the Logan Act,” a reference to a 1799 law restricting communications between private citizens and foreign governments. The law is widely viewed as unconstitutional and has never been used to successfully prosecute a single American citizen. The previously secret notes do not explain that Flynn was not a private citizen, but rather the incoming national security adviser at the time of his conversations with world leaders.

 

Accusations that Flynn was a traitor to his country who violated the 1799 law gained steam following the criminal leak of top-secret information to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius. Ignatius’ sources suggested the routine conversation between a top incoming White House adviser and his foreign counterparts might be a Logan Act violation. As absurd as the suggestion was, Ignatius dutifully parroted it.

 

News reports indicate U.S. Attorney John Durham is currently investigating the sources of those criminal leaks of top secret national security information to Ignatius. Although the agents who interviewed Flynn initially stated they believed Flynn told them the truth during the Jan. 24 interview, Special Counsel Robert Mueller nonetheless charged Flynn in late 2017 with making false statements to FBI investigators in the interview.

 

Flynn pleaded guilty to the charge at the time but is currently trying to withdraw that plea, citing ineffective counsel and government corruption in the conduct of his case.

 

The explosive new documents support Flynn’s latest claims that Obama-era Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials had conspired to set him up from the beginning and that they never had any legitimate basis for investigating him.

 

The author of the handwritten notes filed under seal last week also wrote, “We have a case on Flynn and Russians,” and “our goal is to resolve case.” Despite those claims of treasonous Russian collusion, Mueller found, after a sprawling, multi-year, multimillion-dollar investigation, that there was zero evidence of illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

 

In reality, the only Russian collusion that happened during the 2016 campaign was between the Clinton campaign and a subcontractor it funded, who was at the time working on behalf of a sanctioned Russian oligarch. That agent, former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, created for the Clinton campaign the entire basis for charges of illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. That document, known as the Steele dossier, has been thoroughly debunked since it was first released in early January 2017. The Clinton campaign, in cooperation with the Democratic National Committee, secretly funded the creation of that document and its distribution throughout the media. To date, none of its key collusion claims has been corroborated.

 

Steele’s operation became a primary basis for the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation of the Trump campaign. The false allegations contained in the dossier were also used by FBI and DOJ officials to justify four separate spy warrants against Carter Page, a Trump campaign affiliate. The FBI also investigated Flynn as part of this operation.

 

The FBI notes also show that the author of the document had misgivings about the FBI’s conduct in interviewing Flynn.

 

“I agreed yesterday that we shouldn’t show Flynn [REDACTED] if he didn’t admit,” the FBI author wrote. “I thought [about] it last night, [and] I believe we should rethink this.”

 

“We regularly show subjects evidence, with the goal of getting them to admit wrongdoing,” the notes said. “I don’t see how getting someone to admit their wrongdoing is going easy on him.”

 

The redaction portion of the notes is believed to reference transcripts of phone calls between Flynn and other foreign officials. Those transcripts have never been publicly released, making it impossible to independently assess whether Flynn lied about those conversations.

 

The handwritten FBI notes end with a prophetic line, given the voluminous evidence of misconduct by FBI and DOJ officials in their investigation of Trump and their attempt to oust him from office.

“If we’re seen as playing games, [the White House] will be furious,” the author wrote. “Protect our institution by not playing games.”

 

Flynn is awaiting a ruling on his motion to have the entire case dismissed. You can read the documents unsealed and made available on the public court docket earlier this evening here.

 

 


Again, you forgot to mention that this is what the DEFENSE ATTORNEY wants you to believe.  This is not news and means absolutely NOTHING until the court

rules on it.  Even after they rule whether it is admissible, it's real value is whether or not it affects a final ruling.  Defense Attorneys are always trying to show their client in the best light.  (Remember, OJ was innocent according to his attorneys).  Why don't you try waiting to post until there is some real news instead of fake "news" coming out of the Federalist.

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You can read the motion here.

 
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I suppose only the newly formed, "Biden Cult" would consider this misinformation.
 
 
 
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You can read the motion here.

 
File
 
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I suppose only the newly formed, "Biden Cult" would consider this misinformation.
 
 
 

The misinformation is trying to claim it is exculpatory evidence before it is ruled on.  This is routine for a defense attorney to file motions such as this, most are rejected.  This is will not be news until it is ruled on by the court.

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You can read the motion here.

 
File
 
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I suppose only the newly formed, "Biden Cult" would consider this misinformation.
 
 
 

No it is a fight between old and new council and has nothing to do with Flynn pleading guilty in person to the  judge.

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This is part of the array of non-stop misinformation from Trump World. They're very good at taking something which contains some truth and then weaving a fabric of lies around that little bit of truth. 

 

The facts are very clear. Federal Prosecutors are still in the process of seeking federal prison time against Flynn for LYING about his contacts with the Russians. They haven't dropped any charges against him. 

 

Trump supporters never mention the fact that Flynn was the NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR who was supposed to protect America against foreign adversaries. But instead of protecting America, Flynn was LYING to the FBI about his Russian Contacts. Wow! What a national disgrace he was!

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Surprise discovery in Flynn case: former lawyers find evidence they failed to produce

 

Law firm claims inaccurate searches led to oversight of 6,800 documents in legal battle to overturn former Trump national security adviser's conviction.

 

 

BY:  John Solomon

 

The surprises keep coming in former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's legal battle to overturn his conviction in the Russia probe.

 

Just days after the FBI belatedly produced possible evidence of innocence to Flynn's new legal team led by Attorney Sidney Powell, his old law firm on Tuesday informed the judge it had located 6,800 documents that it failed to turn over as required by a court order in 2019.

 

Covington & Burling LLP told the court its search team failed to search all of the law firm's records and missed the documents, mostly emails. The documents were produced to Powell on Tuesday.

 

"Covington determined that an unintentional miscommunication involving the firm’s information technology personnel had led them, in some instances, to run search terms on
subsets of emails ... rather than on the broader sets of emails that should have been searched," Flynn's former attorney Robert Kelner told the court in a motion.

 

"We now have performed another search, using search terms and manual reviews, on a broader universe of material to correct the earlier error and to transfer additional documents that are part of the client file," Kelner wrote, saying his firm was willing to assist Powell on any other matters and to address any questions the judge may have about the oversight.

 

You can read the motion here.

 

 

Flynn was forced to step down as President Trump's former national security adviser just weeks into his new job after a transcript of his calls with the Russian ambassador was leaked to the media, raising questions about whether he was part of an effort to collude with Moscow.

 

Flynn eventually pled guilty to a charge of lying to prosecutors and became a cooperating witnesses for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who ultimately concluded there was no evidence Flynn or any other Trump official conspired with Russia to hijack the 2016 election. His plea deal was reached while he was will represented by Kelner.

 

Powell took over as Flynn's new lawyer last summer, and the judge in the case order Covington to turn over all defense documents to her.

 

Powell has tried to reverse Flynn's guilty plea, dramatically alleging that FBI agents sought to "frame"  her client on an unwarranted charge of lying and that Mueller's team and Covington improperly hid from the court that Flynn's plea deal was connected to a side deal not to prosecute his son.

 

The court is expected to make public soon the new, but still sealed, FBI documents that were belatedly turned over to Powell, which she argued in a Friday court motion provided evidence that agents engaged in misconduct during the Russia probe.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nothing but non-stop conspiracy theories from Trump World trying to rewrite history. If this story was true, federal prosecutors would have dropped the charges against Flynn. But guess what? They haven't dropped the charges. 

 

The FBI had no intention of charging General Flynn with anything, but Flynn left them no other option when he repeatedly LIED to the FBI when brought in for questioning about his contacts with the Russians.

 

Flynn pled GUILTY! But 3 years later, he's withdrawing his guilty plea while the Justice Department is not withdrawing the charges. But Trump World is trying to change history with more lies than Flynn told.

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Nothing but non-stop conspiracy theories from Trump World trying to rewrite history. If this story was true, federal prosecutors would have dropped the charges against Flynn. But guess what? They haven't dropped the charges. 

 

The FBI had no intention of charging General Flynn with anything, but Flynn left them no other option when he repeatedly LIED to the FBI when brought in for questioning about his contacts with the Russians.

 

Flynn pled GUILTY! But 3 years later, he's withdrawing his guilty plea while the Justice Department is not withdrawing the charges. But Trump World is trying to change history with more lies than Flynn told.


Are you willing to accept the potential outcome? if he's exonerated? 

 

 


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@CriticalThinking wrote:

Nothing but non-stop conspiracy theories from Trump World trying to rewrite history. If this story was true, federal prosecutors would have dropped the charges against Flynn. But guess what? They haven't dropped the charges. 

 

The FBI had no intention of charging General Flynn with anything, but Flynn left them no other option when he repeatedly LIED to the FBI when brought in for questioning about his contacts with the Russians.

 

Flynn pled GUILTY! But 3 years later, he's withdrawing his guilty plea while the Justice Department is not withdrawing the charges. But Trump World is trying to change history with more lies than Flynn told.


Are you willing to accept the potential outcome? if he's exonerated? 

 

 


He can not be honestly exonerated since he stood up in court and said I did it as charged. If he lied to the court when he said that he can be charged and tried for not telling the truth then and get jail time.

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@john258 wrote:

@Fishslayer777 wrote:

@CriticalThinking wrote:

Nothing but non-stop conspiracy theories from Trump World trying to rewrite history. If this story was true, federal prosecutors would have dropped the charges against Flynn. But guess what? They haven't dropped the charges. 

 

The FBI had no intention of charging General Flynn with anything, but Flynn left them no other option when he repeatedly LIED to the FBI when brought in for questioning about his contacts with the Russians.

 

Flynn pled GUILTY! But 3 years later, he's withdrawing his guilty plea while the Justice Department is not withdrawing the charges. But Trump World is trying to change history with more lies than Flynn told.


Are you willing to accept the potential outcome? if he's exonerated? 

 

 


He can not be honestly exonerated since he stood up in court and said I did it as charged. If he lied to the court when he said that he can be charged and tried for not telling the truth then and get jail time.


So...  I'll interpret that as a NO.  I'm not surprised, he's guilty by association... right?  

 

We'll find out if Gen. Flynn was coerced or not.  Having followed his case 'loosely', I suspect he will be exonerated, but we'll see. 


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Great! The federalist and barr. Two of the reasons that we now have far right nazis within our judicial courts. For this duo, it's like drinking Lysol and Clorox at the same time, and expecting to get good results...wrong, what you get is a system that takes away your rights, in order for them to have power, and control a puppet like trump. 

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Great! The federalist and barr. Two of the reasons that we now have far right nazis within our judicial courts. For this duo, it's like drinking Lysol and Clorox at the same time, and expecting to get good results...wrong, what you get is a system that takes away your rights, in order for them to have power, and control a puppet like trump. 


Lots of accusations. You honestly believe The Federalist is a nazi publication and that the AG (Barr)  is also a nazi? Based on what? other than 'feelings'. 

 

How would you characterize antifa?


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@williamb39198 wrote:

Great! The federalist and barr. Two of the reasons that we now have far right nazis within our judicial courts. For this duo, it's like drinking Lysol and Clorox at the same time, and expecting to get good results...wrong, what you get is a system that takes away your rights, in order for them to have power, and control a puppet like trump. 


Lots of accusations. You honestly believe The Federalist is a nazi publication and that the AG (Barr)  is also a nazi? Based on what? Objective analyis....

 

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According to an article from the left leaning Daily Beast, The Federalist was openly critical on Donald Trump before he won the election, but has since become a strong supporter of his Presidency and agenda. Further, In November 2017, The Federalist came under criticism from both conservatives and liberals for publishing an opinion piece by Ouachita Baptist University philosopher Tully Borland defending Roy Moore’s dating of teenagers while he was in his 30s and arguing that such behavior was “not without some merit if one wants to raise a large family.”

When it comes to reporting on scientific issues The Federalist often does not align with the consensus of experts in the field. For example, in this article the author claims that “I am a skeptic when it comes to climate change. To be clear, I don’t doubt that the climate changes — obviously it does. I don’t doubt that human activity has an effect on this change. What that effect is, and to what extent it influences the entire system, I don’t know. As a scientific concept, I have no opinion on climate change.” The author does seem to have an opinion on Climate change when he states “So, simply put, I am a climate change skeptic because the people advocating it do not act as if it were a verified scientific conclusion.” Although the author freely admits he is not an expert and cannot generate an opinion on the scientific concept; he does not need to have an opinion because there is strong scientific consensus on the impact of human influenced climate change. 

The Federalist has also promoted pseudoscience claiming that there is a link between Abortions and Breast Cancer. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists there is  “no causal relationship between induced abortion and a subsequent increase in breast cancer risk.”

A factual search reveals that The Federalist has made a few verified false claims.

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Yep, certainly a far-right publication which is much closer to fascist/nazi then it is objective and democracy loving....


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Gen. Flynn’s Attorney: Plea Was Coerced by a Threat to Indict His Son

 

Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, spoke to Sean Hannity on Monday night and said Flynn’s plea was coerced by the lack of the Brady documents they’ve been fighting to obtain for months and the lead prosecutor’s threat to indict his son.

 

It has long been thought that Flynn pled guilty to false-statements charges because of threats from the Mueller team. The National Review’s Andy McCarthy, a lawyer, explains that “specifically, Flynn is said to have been warned that, if he refused to plead guilty, prosecutors would charge his son with a felony for failing to register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Such a so-called FARA violation (Foreign Agent Registration Act) is a crime that the DOJ almost never charged before the Mueller investigation, and it had dubious application to Flynn’s son (who worked for Flynn’s private-intelligence firm).”

 

After finally receiving much of this long-withheld material via a Friday afternoon document dump, Powell is more convinced than ever that Flynn was set up. That same day, she filed a supplement to Flynn’s January motion to dismiss the case.

 

Hannity recounts the stories of Roger Stone and Michael Flynn and kicks off his questioning by asking, “Now we are told we are on the verge of?”

 

Powell replies, “Release of more documents that will show that Michael Flynn was innocent and was set up by the upper echelon of the FBI, that small group of the highest ranking members of the FBI that deliberately set about from at least August 15, 2016 on to catch Gen. Flynn in something and either prosecute him or get him fired. That’s what we’ve alleged all along and it’s proving true with every new document disclosed.

 

Hannity asks Powell if she believes the recent report that U.S. Attorney John Durham has expanded his investigation is a sign that things are ratcheting up for justice.

 

She replies, “Well, it certainly looks like he’s on the right track. And the disclosure of these documents and the advice that more are to come is going to help from all angles. It’s a first step to restoring integrity and credibility to the Department of Justice and the FBI to have this information exposed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn Ballantine, assigned to the case, has advised us since Friday that they’re working to unredact or redact certain parts of the documents that were filed under seal on Friday so that they can be disclosed publicly either tomorrow or Wednesday. It can’t happen soon enough.”

 

Powell adds, “He is absolutely innocent. His plea was coerced by the lack of information and the threat to indict his son that shows in the documents we filed on the public docket on Friday.”

On Monday, CBS News’ Catherine Herridge reported that Judge Sullivan set several new deadlines.

 

Upon consideration of 181 Defendant’s Supplement re Motion to Dismiss Case for Egregious Government Misconduct and in the Interest of Justice, the government shall file a response to Mr. Flynn’s Supplement by no later than May 11, 2020, and Mr. Flynn shall file his reply by no later than May 18, 2020. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 4/27/20.

 

Upon consideration of 182 Defendant’s Sealed Motion for Leave to File Document Under Seal, the government shall file a response to Mr. Flynn’s sealed motion by no later than 12:00 PM on May 4, 2020 and Mr. Flynn shall file his reply by no later than 12:00 PM on May 6, 2020. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 4/27/20.

So, while Maria Bartiromo’s sources weren’t correct that an exoneration would happen this week for Flynn, let’s hope they were only wrong on the timing.

Catherine Herridge
 
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#FLYNN On new records, motion to dismiss, Judge Sullivan sets first deadline within days: “GOV shall file a response to Mr. Flynn's sealed motion by no later than 12:00 PM on 5/4/2020 and Mr. Flynn shall file his reply by no later than 12:00 PM on 5/6/2020” @CBSNews

 

 

 

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Gen. Flynn’s Attorney: Plea Was Coerced by a Threat to Indict His Son

 

Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, spoke to Sean Hannity on Monday night and said Flynn’s plea was coerced by the lack of the Brady documents they’ve been fighting to obtain for months and the lead prosecutor’s threat to indict his son.

 

It has long been thought that Flynn pled guilty to false-statements charges because of threats from the Mueller team. The National Review’s Andy McCarthy, a lawyer, explains that “specifically, Flynn is said to have been warned that, if he refused to plead guilty, prosecutors would charge his son with a felony for failing to register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. Such a so-called FARA violation (Foreign Agent Registration Act) is a crime that the DOJ almost never charged before the Mueller investigation, and it had dubious application to Flynn’s son (who worked for Flynn’s private-intelligence firm).”

 

After finally receiving much of this long-withheld material via a Friday afternoon document dump, Powell is more convinced than ever that Flynn was set up. That same day, she filed a supplement to Flynn’s January motion to dismiss the case.

 

Hannity recounts the stories of Roger Stone and Michael Flynn and kicks off his questioning by asking, “Now we are told we are on the verge of?”

 

Powell replies, “Release of more documents that will show that Michael Flynn was innocent and was set up by the upper echelon of the FBI, that small group of the highest ranking members of the FBI that deliberately set about from at least August 15, 2016 on to catch Gen. Flynn in something and either prosecute him or get him fired. That’s what we’ve alleged all along and it’s proving true with every new document disclosed.

 

Hannity asks Powell if she believes the recent report that U.S. Attorney John Durham has expanded his investigation is a sign that things are ratcheting up for justice.

 

She replies, “Well, it certainly looks like he’s on the right track. And the disclosure of these documents and the advice that more are to come is going to help from all angles. It’s a first step to restoring integrity and credibility to the Department of Justice and the FBI to have this information exposed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn Ballantine, assigned to the case, has advised us since Friday that they’re working to unredact or redact certain parts of the documents that were filed under seal on Friday so that they can be disclosed publicly either tomorrow or Wednesday. It can’t happen soon enough.”

 

Powell adds, “He is absolutely innocent. His plea was coerced by the lack of information and the threat to indict his son that shows in the documents we filed on the public docket on Friday.”

On Monday, CBS News’ Catherine Herridge reported that Judge Sullivan set several new deadlines.

 

Upon consideration of 181 Defendant’s Supplement re Motion to Dismiss Case for Egregious Government Misconduct and in the Interest of Justice, the government shall file a response to Mr. Flynn’s Supplement by no later than May 11, 2020, and Mr. Flynn shall file his reply by no later than May 18, 2020. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 4/27/20.

 

Upon consideration of 182 Defendant’s Sealed Motion for Leave to File Document Under Seal, the government shall file a response to Mr. Flynn’s sealed motion by no later than 12:00 PM on May 4, 2020 and Mr. Flynn shall file his reply by no later than 12:00 PM on May 6, 2020. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on 4/27/20.

So, while Maria Bartiromo’s sources weren’t correct that an exoneration would happen this week for Flynn, let’s hope they were only wrong on the timing.

Catherine Herridge
 
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#FLYNN On new records, motion to dismiss, Judge Sullivan sets first deadline within days: “GOV shall file a response to Mr. Flynn's sealed motion by no later than 12:00 PM on 5/4/2020 and Mr. Flynn shall file his reply by no later than 12:00 PM on 5/6/2020” @CBSNews

 

 

 


Another day and another fairy tale from far right land. Flynn pleaded guilty, and told us he was guilty. This article is like the ones we see about Trump and the virus. Right wing says Trump did a good job, but facts tell us he was warned by Intel starting in Dec. about the virus in his daily intel briefs. Oh but Trump does not read them, and only takes 2 Intel oral briefing a week, and by the people who do it Trump understands none of it. Trump and the far right enablers 2 peas in a pod.

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Speculation mounts over Flynn case as new DOJ documents turned over

 

BY:  Ronn Blitzer

 

New documents recently turned over to Michael Flynn's legal team have led to speculation that the former national security adviser could catch a break in his long-stalled case due to purportedly exculpatory evidence that previously had not been disclosed.

 

Flynn, who initially had pleaded guilty to providing false statements to investigators regarding his contact with a Russian ambassador, has pushed back against prosecutors in recent months, insisting that he is innocent. Flynn even took to Twitter for the first time in years on Friday, simply sharing a January court filing where he states he did not lie and alludes to FBI agents stating they believed him during an interview conducted when James Comey still led the bureau.

 

MICHAEL FLYNN PROSECUTION: A TIMELINE OF TRUMP'S EX-NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER'S CASE

 

"I am innocent of this crime," Flynn said in the sworn declaration, in which he explains that pressure from the possibility that his son could face charges, as well as advice from his previous counsel, led to him pleading guilty.

 

Fox News' Maria Bartiromo tweeted Sunday evening that according to sources, Flynn "will be completely exonerated this week."

 

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This follows the turning over of what Flynn's attorney Sidney Powell called "remarkable new & long withheld BRADY evidence," which refers to exculpatory material. Powell tweeted a letter from the Justice Department which said the new documents came from a review of the Flynn investigation that had been ordered by Attorney General Bill Barr.

 

 

 

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Speculation mounts over Flynn case as new DOJ documents turned over

 

BY:  Ronn Blitzer

 

New documents recently turned over to Michael Flynn's legal team have led to speculation that the former national security adviser could catch a break in his long-stalled case due to purportedly exculpatory evidence that previously had not been disclosed.

 

Flynn, who initially had pleaded guilty to providing false statements to investigators regarding his contact with a Russian ambassador, has pushed back against prosecutors in recent months, insisting that he is innocent. Flynn even took to Twitter for the first time in years on Friday, simply sharing a January court filing where he states he did not lie and alludes to FBI agents stating they believed him during an interview conducted when James Comey still led the bureau.

 

MICHAEL FLYNN PROSECUTION: A TIMELINE OF TRUMP'S EX-NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER'S CASE

 

"I am innocent of this crime," Flynn said in the sworn declaration, in which he explains that pressure from the possibility that his son could face charges, as well as advice from his previous counsel, led to him pleading guilty.

 

Fox News' Maria Bartiromo tweeted Sunday evening that according to sources, Flynn "will be completely exonerated this week."

 


Another day and another article not based on fact. This one is even worse as it tells us it is only speculation from he far right. Well I speculate that Flynn will get 50 years in jail, but then turn on Trump and Trump will be lead out of the WH in chains.

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