The Justice Department is dropping the criminal case against Lt General Michael Flynn.
The presiding judge (Judge Sullivan) has agreed.
We have Sidney Powell (Flynn’s most recent attorney), the FISC (the FISA court), and Jeff Jensen (U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri) to credit for this. (edit: and Judicial Watch of course)
Following revelations of widespread abuse of the FISA (foreign intelligence surveillance act) process by the Obama adminstration and Obama-holdovers in the Trump administration to spy on the Trump campaign/transition/administration, the FISC ordered (court order) the DOJ to review the relevant cases. This led to US Attorney Jeff Jensen to be appointed to review the Flynn case, and he managed to pry some documents from the DOJ/FBI that Sidney Powell had been asking for for a long long time (and had been told by the prosecutors did not exist).
I have mixed feelings about the case being dropped.
General Flynn has reportedly spent over $6M in legal fees, and needs to get on with his life.
On the other hand, there’s still a lot of DOJ/FBI wrongdoing hidden behind the curtain which now will likely never be exposed.
Comey sent agents to interview General Flynn, despite not having a legitimate reason to so do. When the FBI interviews someone, they complete a form (“302”). In Flynn’s case, the 302 was completed by FBI agent Joe Plientka and re-written long after the event by a different FBI agent Peter Strzok. We have yet to see the original 302, which reportedly said the agents did not think General Flynn lied to them. The rewritten 302 said that the agents did think that General Flynn lied.
If the case had continued, Sidney Powell might have finally been able to pry that original 302 from the FBI/DOJ. Not to mention the prospect of many of the bad actors (Comey, Plientka, Strozk, McCabe, Eric Holder, and maybe even Obama) being shredded on the witness stand by Ms Powell.
If the name Sidney Powell sounds familiar, she was the attorney wbo vindicated Arthur Anderson in the Supreme Court. (Arthur Anderson had been the world’s largest accounting firm and was convicted of wrongdoing in the Enron collapse. Arthur Anderson went bankrupt as a result putting 200k Americans out of work). The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that Arthur Anderson had not in fact committed a crime. Ms Powell wrote a best-selling book (“Licensed to Lie”) about the Enron case, and many of the bad actors in that case (eg Andrew Weissman) went on to join the Mueller special counsel team
A lot of people in the DOJ/FBI did a lot of very bad things in the Flynn case, for example lying to the court, and I hope AG Barr will clean house.
And I sincerely hope that President Trump can find a place for General Flynn in his administration. We had two disastrous National Security Advisors following General Flynn’s resignation, the deep-state plant McMaster and the warmonger Bolton.
Some background: during the Transition, as part of his job, General Flynn made a series of phone calls to various ambassadors including then-Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. Why a series? playing phone tag and trying to get hold of the people involved.
At the time, the US had sanctions (put in place by Congress) against Russia as a result of the annexation of the Crimea, and lesser punitive measures that had just been put in place by Obama as a result of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. During the phone call between Flynn and the Russian ambassador (which was spied on by the Obama adminsitration and illegally leaked to the media by James Baker at the office of net assessment in the DoD), the conversation touched on the more recent punitive measures but not the Crimean sanctions.