May 14, 2020
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It didn’t take long. Yesterday, the names of those who’d called for the unmasking of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s name were made public, and they were mostly the usual suspects --- and more, to total about two dozen. Of course, then-FBI Director James Comey and then-CIA Director John Brennan are there, from even before Flynn and Sergey Kislyak had “the” phone call they were all so interested in.

Though presidential candidate Joe Biden said Tuesday from his basement that he knew nothing” about the investigation of Flynn and then –- later in the same interview, with George Stephanopoulos –- admitted he “was aware” of the investigation but nothing more, it turns out he personally had requested the unmasking of Flynn’s name. And when did he do that? January 12, the very day that David Ignatius at the WASHINGTON POST published a column not only mentioning the call with Kislyak but talking about the Logan Act. Seems Biden was a wee bit more involved in the case than he’s let on.

Of course, there will be jokes and possibly even serious comments about Biden actually not being able to remember this. What does it tell you about your candidate when your defense for his lying is to call attention to his obvious mental decline?

Keep in mind, it’s not against the law for officials to request the unmasking of a name. But to do it for political purposes, which would certainly include leaking to the media --- that is very much illegal. And, boy, was this political. Somebody leaked it to WAPO, and that might have been part of a conspiracy by a number of these people. If it were being done for legitimate national security purposes, it wouldn’t have leaked. Besides, there was never any evidence that Flynn was involved inappropriately with Russia. So, please, Mr. Durham, throw the book at them. I’d be happy to file an “amicus” brief on why this needs to happen.

Goodness, there was soooooo much interest in Flynn’s phone conversations, and, yes, it predated the Kislyak call of December 28, 2016, that prompted so much attention from the FBI. We know Obama had wanted him gone for years, for reasons we’ve elaborated, and the intel community seems to have been trying to set him up since 2014. Here are a few more highlights from all the unmasking that was done on Flynn’s calls:

Kislyak called Flynn on December 28 and spoke to him about a U.N. Security Council resolution to condemn Israel (not surprisingly, coordinated by President Obama). On THAT DAY, U.N. ambassador Samantha Power made an unmasking request on the transcript. This wasn’t the only time she’d called for the unmasking of Flynn’s name, either; it was the sixth. In fact, she was the very first person to request an unmasking on Flynn, on November 30, 2016, which was ten days after Trump named him national security adviser. (Imagine how crazy it must have made this whole crew to know Flynn would be serving Trump as his national security adviser!)

When Power was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee in October of 2017, she got a Biden-style brain freeze and said, “I have no recollection of making a request related to General Flynn.”

On December 28, which was after Obama announced new sanctions on Russia for “election meddling” --- blustering a lot and sending the Russian diplomats packing --- Kislyak contacted Flynn again. On THAT DAY, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made an unmasking request on the transcript. This was one of three such requests made on Flynn’s name by Clapper.

When Clapper was asked by Sen. Chuck Grassley on May 8, 2017, if he had ever made any unmasking requests of “Mr. Trump, his associates or any member of Congress,” Clapper took a loooooong pause and finally said, “Um...yes…in one case I did, that I specifically recall, but I can’t discuss it any further than that.”

Of course, we all know about the January 5 meeting in which Obama surprised Sally Yates with his knowledge of the Flynn surveillance and the particular call between Flynn and Kislyak. According to her own testimony, she stood there while Obama and Comey chatted about it and as Comey brought up the possible violation of the Logan Act. On THAT DAY, after the meeting, Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, made on unmasking request for Flynn’s name from that transcript.

Kyle Smith has a great commentary at NATIONAL REVIEW on the way these people abused their power.

As for D.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s joke of a courtroom, here’s a great opinion piece posted at ZeroHedge that will give you the bizarre backstory on his rulings and contradictory statements in this case and also tell you about his latest big idea: to appoint retired Judge John Gleeson to write an amicus brief “to present arguments in opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss.” That’s right, Sullivan wants to argue against the attorney general’s decision to drop the case. It gets worse: the brief is also to “address whether the Court should issue an order to show cause why Mr. Flynn should not be held in criminal contempt for perjury,” presumably because he pleaded guilty when he wasn’t.

The other day, we made a joke about how this Spanish Inquisition-like reasoning makes Flynn guilty either way: either he’s guilty because he pleaded guilty (“Burn him!”), or he’s guilty because he says he’s not guilty (“Burn him!”). This actually is being done to him.

So why did Sullivan pick Judge Gleeson, a litigator perhaps best known for being the lead prosecutor in the murder and racketeering case against mob bosses John Gotti and Victor Orena? We looked at his bio page on the website for his law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, and saw that in 2008, he wrote a paper for Hofstra Law Review called “The Sentencing Commission and Prosecutorial Discretion: The Role of Courts in Policing Sentencing Bargains,” and various others having to do with sentencing and, by inference, guilty pleas. (Might make some illuminating weekend reading if we can find them!) As you know, Judge Sullivan had already announced he’s soliciting amicus briefs from any outside groups who want to make arguments against dropping Flynn’s case.

But maybe he chose Gleeson because of something this judge has very recently written. Thanks to Laura Ingraham for turning this up, from Monday’s WASHINGTON POST, written by John Gleeson, David O’Neil and Marshall Miller. Headline: “The Flynn Case Isn’t Over Until The Judge Says It’s Over.” I think we already know what his amicus brief is going to say. Sol Wisenberg, appearing on her show, says Gleeson is wrong and cited case law. His theory is that Judge Sullivan is trying to force President Trump to issue a pardon if he wants Flynn to go free, “and that’s not right.”

If anyone should write an “amicus” brief on this case, it’s Alan Dershowitz, who wrote this just a few days before Judge Sullivan’s latest stunt.

Or perhaps Andrew C. McCarthy, who wrote this for Wednesday’s NATIONAL REVIEW.

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Comments 26-41 of 41

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/14/2020 12:59 PM

    Thank you. We just must not give up. Eventually the evil and decayed tree will fall. Just keep nibbling.

  • Linda Casagrande

    05/14/2020 12:52 PM

    Oh the rats are scurrying! Thank you. I truly enjoy your articles, shows and especially your daily scriptures.

  • Dr. David R. Bradley

    05/14/2020 12:50 PM

    After three and a half years of "bombshell dropping," I am of the opinion that nothing is going to happen to Schiff, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, and certainly not Obama or Clinton, other than incredible book deals and late night television appearances. The fact that Comey is comfortable going on nationwide TV bragging about what he has been able to get away with, tells me that he knows that he's untouchable. The reason is that half of our nation truly believes that nothing is considered "wrong" as long as the intention is to get rid of Trump, and return to the fundamental changes that Obama started. What's most important is achieving the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. That is the only operational "moral" in our system right now, and for the foreseeable future. So, if that objective is reached, lying, framing the innocent, and cheating is fully acceptable. America has lost our way!

  • Janet Underwood

    05/14/2020 12:49 PM

    The first thing I thought when I read about Sullivan's bizarre behavior was that he was trying to force Trump to get angry and give Flynn a pardon immediately. This would be a mistake for several reasons. For one, the Dems would have a heyday with it during the campaigning in the next several months. Second, it is my understanding that while a Presidential pardon helps, it does not necessarily restore all of the rights of the person being pardoned. Correct me if I'm wrong on this.

  • Betty Helland

    05/14/2020 12:41 PM

    I think you and Senator Ted Cruz would make a good pair for 2024.
    Don't you think??

  • Judi Fey

    05/14/2020 12:39 PM

    I would like all of the names to come out loud and clear on every media possible, and for all of them to be prosecuted. Of course, MSM will do their best to hide the highest level name.

  • Sam McConnell

    05/14/2020 12:34 PM

    Based on his performance and ignoring DOJ input, can Judge Sullivan be recalled or impeached. How does a citizen help start ann impeachment proceeding. We wont be able to save this country till we clean out deep state bureaucrats in our government agencies especially the Doj

  • Dolores Frantz

    05/14/2020 12:33 PM

    Thank you for your clear explanation. God bless Mr. Flynn. God bless mike Huckabee! God bless our United States.

  • Lisa Neely

    05/14/2020 12:29 PM

    Mike, I am really afraid that the Dems are going to keep hammering President Trump and it will cause him to lose the election. I am really afraid of the far left getting control of the WH!! I think Obama was the most crooked president that ever held the office, and I don’t EVER want to see someone like that in the office ever again! Do you have these same fears? Thanks

  • Dolores

    05/14/2020 12:26 PM

    It’s very difficult to watch this political pandemic raging in this country. I am an EBay seller and I confess my amazement when they emailed me to ask why I didn’t contact my lawmakers to protest the latest taxing scam. My reply was simple: Because I have no confidence in them. My amazement was that they thought I counted for anything. I hope and pray that this election upends the political machine. If the results send a clear message to the pigs at the taxpayer trough, I might even try a celebrational jig even though it’ll throw my back out...

  • Laurie Flickinger

    05/14/2020 12:24 PM

    It’s interesting how those at the top say, perhaps, someone in their office requested the unmasking. There should be something in the written procedure that ONLY the head of the offices allowed to request unmaskingwill be responsible for the request (no matter WHO requests the unmasking). How can something that could result in 10 years in prison be so loosey goosey?

  • Sidney Patin

    05/14/2020 12:24 PM

    District Judge Emmet Sullivan should be impeached. He is clearly biased and is unable to render a decision to dismiss a case that was brought by the government on false grounds. This is nothing but a a political hack trying to drag out the Flynn case to force President Trump to issue a full pardon for Flynn, which he will probably do regardless of politics - because it's the right thing to do.

  • Betty Franklin

    05/14/2020 12:22 PM

    Judge Sullivan needs a refresher course on what the role of the judiciary is supposed to be. He is way overstepping boundaries by inserting himself into a prosecutorial role. Shame.

  • James Evart

    05/14/2020 12:17 PM

    It should come as no surprise that whomever the left moans and shouts condemnations about while trying to get them removed or somehow condemned, is GOOD for our country, and BAD for the "deep state", or the left. For this reason, and for reasons of fairness and justice, our GREAT President should look into the reinstatement of General Flynn and everyone else it (the left) has persecuted and bludgeoned. As pertains to General Flynn, His finances, position, name, home and everything else these lying bastards have stolen from him should absolutely be restored to him, preferably at the expense of his torturers. Stone,Manifourt (sic) and others also fall into this category and should have reparations made to them as well as public restoration and vindication! My dearest wish is that, if it applies and can be proven, Obama should also be made to suffer the indignity and shame he perpetrated on others through his underlings as well. Maybe we can start with the former president's recently purchased $15 MILLION mansion being sold to start paying for these miscarriages of justice perpetrated against loyal and devoted servants of our great nation!

  • Eunice LaSpisa

    05/14/2020 12:03 PM

    Why is retired judge even handling this case? All charges were dropped-why is Flynn in front of another judge? Governor Huckabee-all this talk is just that! We are constantly being told that crimes were committed, some Felonies, some treasonous-yet no one is being arrested, WHY??? P.S. I hope Mrs. Huckabee's ankle is healing well. God Bless.

  • Michael Pittman

    05/14/2020 12:02 PM

    Isn't it a crime to lie to Congress? I know it is for Republican supporters. Will these Democratic subversives be prosecuted?

May 14, 2020
|

It didn’t take long. Yesterday, the names of those who’d called for the unmasking of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s name were made public, and they were mostly the usual suspects --- and more, to total about two dozen. Of course, then-FBI Director James Comey and then-CIA Director John Brennan are there, from even before Flynn and Sergey Kislyak had “the” phone call they were all so interested in.

Though presidential candidate Joe Biden said Tuesday from his basement that he knew nothing” about the investigation of Flynn and then –- later in the same interview, with George Stephanopoulos –- admitted he “was aware” of the investigation but nothing more, it turns out he personally had requested the unmasking of Flynn’s name. And when did he do that? January 12, the very day that David Ignatius at the WASHINGTON POST published a column not only mentioning the call with Kislyak but talking about the Logan Act. Seems Biden was a wee bit more involved in the case than he’s let on.

Of course, there will be jokes and possibly even serious comments about Biden actually not being able to remember this. What does it tell you about your candidate when your defense for his lying is to call attention to his obvious mental decline?

Keep in mind, it’s not against the law for officials to request the unmasking of a name. But to do it for political purposes, which would certainly include leaking to the media --- that is very much illegal. And, boy, was this political. Somebody leaked it to WAPO, and that might have been part of a conspiracy by a number of these people. If it were being done for legitimate national security purposes, it wouldn’t have leaked. Besides, there was never any evidence that Flynn was involved inappropriately with Russia. So, please, Mr. Durham, throw the book at them. I’d be happy to file an “amicus” brief on why this needs to happen.

Goodness, there was soooooo much interest in Flynn’s phone conversations, and, yes, it predated the Kislyak call of December 28, 2016, that prompted so much attention from the FBI. We know Obama had wanted him gone for years, for reasons we’ve elaborated, and the intel community seems to have been trying to set him up since 2014. Here are a few more highlights from all the unmasking that was done on Flynn’s calls:

Kislyak called Flynn on December 28 and spoke to him about a U.N. Security Council resolution to condemn Israel (not surprisingly, coordinated by President Obama). On THAT DAY, U.N. ambassador Samantha Power made an unmasking request on the transcript. This wasn’t the only time she’d called for the unmasking of Flynn’s name, either; it was the sixth. In fact, she was the very first person to request an unmasking on Flynn, on November 30, 2016, which was ten days after Trump named him national security adviser. (Imagine how crazy it must have made this whole crew to know Flynn would be serving Trump as his national security adviser!)

When Power was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee in October of 2017, she got a Biden-style brain freeze and said, “I have no recollection of making a request related to General Flynn.”

On December 28, which was after Obama announced new sanctions on Russia for “election meddling” --- blustering a lot and sending the Russian diplomats packing --- Kislyak contacted Flynn again. On THAT DAY, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made an unmasking request on the transcript. This was one of three such requests made on Flynn’s name by Clapper.

When Clapper was asked by Sen. Chuck Grassley on May 8, 2017, if he had ever made any unmasking requests of “Mr. Trump, his associates or any member of Congress,” Clapper took a loooooong pause and finally said, “Um...yes…in one case I did, that I specifically recall, but I can’t discuss it any further than that.”

Of course, we all know about the January 5 meeting in which Obama surprised Sally Yates with his knowledge of the Flynn surveillance and the particular call between Flynn and Kislyak. According to her own testimony, she stood there while Obama and Comey chatted about it and as Comey brought up the possible violation of the Logan Act. On THAT DAY, after the meeting, Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, made on unmasking request for Flynn’s name from that transcript.

Kyle Smith has a great commentary at NATIONAL REVIEW on the way these people abused their power.

As for D.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s joke of a courtroom, here’s a great opinion piece posted at ZeroHedge that will give you the bizarre backstory on his rulings and contradictory statements in this case and also tell you about his latest big idea: to appoint retired Judge John Gleeson to write an amicus brief “to present arguments in opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss.” That’s right, Sullivan wants to argue against the attorney general’s decision to drop the case. It gets worse: the brief is also to “address whether the Court should issue an order to show cause why Mr. Flynn should not be held in criminal contempt for perjury,” presumably because he pleaded guilty when he wasn’t.

The other day, we made a joke about how this Spanish Inquisition-like reasoning makes Flynn guilty either way: either he’s guilty because he pleaded guilty (“Burn him!”), or he’s guilty because he says he’s not guilty (“Burn him!”). This actually is being done to him.

So why did Sullivan pick Judge Gleeson, a litigator perhaps best known for being the lead prosecutor in the murder and racketeering case against mob bosses John Gotti and Victor Orena? We looked at his bio page on the website for his law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton, and saw that in 2008, he wrote a paper for Hofstra Law Review called “The Sentencing Commission and Prosecutorial Discretion: The Role of Courts in Policing Sentencing Bargains,” and various others having to do with sentencing and, by inference, guilty pleas. (Might make some illuminating weekend reading if we can find them!) As you know, Judge Sullivan had already announced he’s soliciting amicus briefs from any outside groups who want to make arguments against dropping Flynn’s case.

But maybe he chose Gleeson because of something this judge has very recently written. Thanks to Laura Ingraham for turning this up, from Monday’s WASHINGTON POST, written by John Gleeson, David O’Neil and Marshall Miller. Headline: “The Flynn Case Isn’t Over Until The Judge Says It’s Over.” I think we already know what his amicus brief is going to say. Sol Wisenberg, appearing on her show, says Gleeson is wrong and cited case law. His theory is that Judge Sullivan is trying to force President Trump to issue a pardon if he wants Flynn to go free, “and that’s not right.”

If anyone should write an “amicus” brief on this case, it’s Alan Dershowitz, who wrote this just a few days before Judge Sullivan’s latest stunt.

Or perhaps Andrew C. McCarthy, who wrote this for Wednesday’s NATIONAL REVIEW.

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Comments 26-41 of 41

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/14/2020 12:59 PM

    Thank you. We just must not give up. Eventually the evil and decayed tree will fall. Just keep nibbling.

  • Linda Casagrande

    05/14/2020 12:52 PM

    Oh the rats are scurrying! Thank you. I truly enjoy your articles, shows and especially your daily scriptures.

  • Dr. David R. Bradley

    05/14/2020 12:50 PM

    After three and a half years of "bombshell dropping," I am of the opinion that nothing is going to happen to Schiff, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, and certainly not Obama or Clinton, other than incredible book deals and late night television appearances. The fact that Comey is comfortable going on nationwide TV bragging about what he has been able to get away with, tells me that he knows that he's untouchable. The reason is that half of our nation truly believes that nothing is considered "wrong" as long as the intention is to get rid of Trump, and return to the fundamental changes that Obama started. What's most important is achieving the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. That is the only operational "moral" in our system right now, and for the foreseeable future. So, if that objective is reached, lying, framing the innocent, and cheating is fully acceptable. America has lost our way!

  • Janet Underwood

    05/14/2020 12:49 PM

    The first thing I thought when I read about Sullivan's bizarre behavior was that he was trying to force Trump to get angry and give Flynn a pardon immediately. This would be a mistake for several reasons. For one, the Dems would have a heyday with it during the campaigning in the next several months. Second, it is my understanding that while a Presidential pardon helps, it does not necessarily restore all of the rights of the person being pardoned. Correct me if I'm wrong on this.

  • Betty Helland

    05/14/2020 12:41 PM

    I think you and Senator Ted Cruz would make a good pair for 2024.
    Don't you think??

  • Judi Fey

    05/14/2020 12:39 PM

    I would like all of the names to come out loud and clear on every media possible, and for all of them to be prosecuted. Of course, MSM will do their best to hide the highest level name.

  • Sam McConnell

    05/14/2020 12:34 PM

    Based on his performance and ignoring DOJ input, can Judge Sullivan be recalled or impeached. How does a citizen help start ann impeachment proceeding. We wont be able to save this country till we clean out deep state bureaucrats in our government agencies especially the Doj

  • Dolores Frantz

    05/14/2020 12:33 PM

    Thank you for your clear explanation. God bless Mr. Flynn. God bless mike Huckabee! God bless our United States.

  • Lisa Neely

    05/14/2020 12:29 PM

    Mike, I am really afraid that the Dems are going to keep hammering President Trump and it will cause him to lose the election. I am really afraid of the far left getting control of the WH!! I think Obama was the most crooked president that ever held the office, and I don’t EVER want to see someone like that in the office ever again! Do you have these same fears? Thanks

  • Dolores

    05/14/2020 12:26 PM

    It’s very difficult to watch this political pandemic raging in this country. I am an EBay seller and I confess my amazement when they emailed me to ask why I didn’t contact my lawmakers to protest the latest taxing scam. My reply was simple: Because I have no confidence in them. My amazement was that they thought I counted for anything. I hope and pray that this election upends the political machine. If the results send a clear message to the pigs at the taxpayer trough, I might even try a celebrational jig even though it’ll throw my back out...

  • Laurie Flickinger

    05/14/2020 12:24 PM

    It’s interesting how those at the top say, perhaps, someone in their office requested the unmasking. There should be something in the written procedure that ONLY the head of the offices allowed to request unmaskingwill be responsible for the request (no matter WHO requests the unmasking). How can something that could result in 10 years in prison be so loosey goosey?

  • Sidney Patin

    05/14/2020 12:24 PM

    District Judge Emmet Sullivan should be impeached. He is clearly biased and is unable to render a decision to dismiss a case that was brought by the government on false grounds. This is nothing but a a political hack trying to drag out the Flynn case to force President Trump to issue a full pardon for Flynn, which he will probably do regardless of politics - because it's the right thing to do.

  • Betty Franklin

    05/14/2020 12:22 PM

    Judge Sullivan needs a refresher course on what the role of the judiciary is supposed to be. He is way overstepping boundaries by inserting himself into a prosecutorial role. Shame.

  • James Evart

    05/14/2020 12:17 PM

    It should come as no surprise that whomever the left moans and shouts condemnations about while trying to get them removed or somehow condemned, is GOOD for our country, and BAD for the "deep state", or the left. For this reason, and for reasons of fairness and justice, our GREAT President should look into the reinstatement of General Flynn and everyone else it (the left) has persecuted and bludgeoned. As pertains to General Flynn, His finances, position, name, home and everything else these lying bastards have stolen from him should absolutely be restored to him, preferably at the expense of his torturers. Stone,Manifourt (sic) and others also fall into this category and should have reparations made to them as well as public restoration and vindication! My dearest wish is that, if it applies and can be proven, Obama should also be made to suffer the indignity and shame he perpetrated on others through his underlings as well. Maybe we can start with the former president's recently purchased $15 MILLION mansion being sold to start paying for these miscarriages of justice perpetrated against loyal and devoted servants of our great nation!

  • Eunice LaSpisa

    05/14/2020 12:03 PM

    Why is retired judge even handling this case? All charges were dropped-why is Flynn in front of another judge? Governor Huckabee-all this talk is just that! We are constantly being told that crimes were committed, some Felonies, some treasonous-yet no one is being arrested, WHY??? P.S. I hope Mrs. Huckabee's ankle is healing well. God Bless.

  • Michael Pittman

    05/14/2020 12:02 PM

    Isn't it a crime to lie to Congress? I know it is for Republican supporters. Will these Democratic subversives be prosecuted?