Yesterday I noted that the world is still turning while we’re focused on the coronavirus and that important news is breaking now on the ‘deep state,’ particularly in the government’s case against Michael Flynn. I praised President Trump for saying he was “strongly considering” a full pardon for Flynn. When the President tweeted that, he likely had in mind the evidence that investigative reporter John Solomon has just made public.

As you know, Flynn was pressured into pleading guilty to lying to investigators when even his questioners had reported they hadn’t seen any sign of intentional deception. For months, Flynn’s defense attorney Sidney Powell has filed brief after brief, trying to get presiding Judge Emmet Sullivan to accept the withdrawal of his plea. I can’t imagine, with all the evidence he has now, that any judge would refuse to do that, but as you’ll see below, this one might.


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The documents described by Solomon, specifically notes from testimony of DOJ officials before the special counsel that were included in a letter to Flynn’s lawyers in 2018, show that there was internal concern about how the investigation of Flynn was being conducted. Suspicions that it was all a set-up –- apparently led by then-FBI Director James Comey –- are looking more and more on the mark.

This correspondence confirms Solomon’s earlier reports –- labeled “opinion” by his editors, though he has presented well-sourced information and is repeatedly proven right –- that Mueller’s team accepted Flynn’s plea of guilty to lying about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak even though his interrogators had told the DOJ they didn’t think he was lying and simply had a faulty memory. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told the Mueller team that the FBI had briefed her on this and said the agents had characterized Flynn as “very accommodating.” (I would add that the man no doubt welcomed them into his office and never called a lawyer because he had no idea he was being set up.) She told them she was briefed that Flynn denied having a conversation about sanctions but that when nudged at one point, he’d said something like, ‘Oh, thanks for reminding me.”

Yates didn’t speak directly to Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka, the interviewing agents, but was told that their assessment was that Flynn showed no “tells” of lying and it was possible he really did not remember the substance of his calls with Ambassador Kislyak.

RELATED READING: What's happening with 'deep state' while virus infects news media

And there it is. MAYBE HE JUST DIDN’T REMEMBER. And for that, the FBI and special counsel pursued him ruthlessly in court, bankrupting him, forcing him to sell his house to pay attorneys and threatening to investigate his family, until he was simply tapped out and pleaded guilty to lying. (He had different representation at the time; perhaps this was their advice to him.) But it seems to have been over essentially NOTHING. Just on this point alone, Flynn deserves a full pardon from President Trump. But wait, there’s more.

Was this an “ambush interview,” as Solomon’s earlier reports have suggested? Well, yes. We already have Comey admitting as much on video; recall his public bragging that he just sent a couple of guys over to the White House to make it look casual. And now we have actual documentation. This correspondence relates former acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord’s concern, as expressed to Mueller’s team, that FBI agents didn’t tell Flynn he was under investigation and didn’t give him the usual notification that he could be charged with a crime if he misled the agents.

McCord told the Mueller team her understanding was that Flynn was being investigated to determine whether he had a clandestine relationship with Russia. But by January 30, 2017, the FBI had concluded that they did not believe he did, and had sent a memo to that effect to senior DOJ officials.

Recall that it was Sally Yates who had first brought up the ludicrous idea that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act (conducting foreign policy as a private citizen, a centuries-old law under which NO ONE had ever been successfully prosecuted). That concern was leaked to the news media, and this put pressure on Flynn to resign his new post as national security adviser, which he did.

Yet these newly-obtained documents show that there was internal dispute over whether or not a charge of violating the Logan Act was appropriate. According to the Mueller summary, “McCord said that upon learning of Flynn’s phone calls with Ambassador Kislyak, a Logan Act prosecution seemed like a stretch to her.” And it was. Not only was the Logan Act rarely even invoked, but Flynn wasn’t just a private citizen --- he was the incoming national security adviser! Of course he would be speaking in that capacity with the ambassador.


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Even former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe affirmed the accounts by McCord and Yates in his own interview with the special counsel. “McCabe and then-acting assistant Attorney General Mary McCord had many subsequent discussions about the Logan Act,” the memo said. “They believed prosecuting a Logan Act violation was a long shot.”

From the Mueller memo: “According to McCabe, after the January 24 interview with Flynn, the interviewing agents returned to the FBI and briefed McCabe. The agents believed Flynn seemed very credible in his interview. Everyone in the room thought it was amazing that the agents believed that Flynn seemed credible since he denied something that everyone else knew to be true.” (Note: they knew it to be true because they had been listening in on his phone calls with foreign officials. And, with his background in intel, he knew they had been listening. So why on earth would he intentionally try to fool them?)

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/yates-other-obama-doj-officials-sounded-alarm-about-fbis-treatment

One reason Trump tweeted about pardoning Flynn is that the FBI now claims the original 302s (interview notes with Flynn), which evidence shows may have been altered by Lisa Page, have been “LOST.” The DOJ told Judge Sullivan that the 302s were “not in their possession,” which implies that they do exist...somewhere.

I don’t know what’s going on with this judge, but this was his response: “Things happen.”

If anyone ever deserved a pardon, it’s Michael Flynn.

https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2020/03/15/judge-on-lost-michael-flynn-documents-things-happen/

Oh, and something else regarding "Russia": Remember when the Mueller team filed charges against a couple of Russian companies for financing efforts to use social media to “meddle” in the 2016 election? Perhaps the special counsel assumed Concord Management and Consulting and a related catering firm would just stay quiet, which would have let them avoid a trial while lending credence to the Trump/Russia “collusion” theory, but the companies denied the charges and resolved to fight back in court. And now, after all is said and done and the Mueller team found no evidence of “collusion” with the Trump campaign and the whole investigation is seen to have been a giant, politically-motivated waste of time, the Justice Department has dropped the case against them.

U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich issued a gag order in the case.

https://justthenews.com/government/doj-elects-not-prosecute-russian-companies-indicted-mueller-probe

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  • Elizabeth Crouse

    03/17/2020 12:32 PM

    Thankful for Solomon. Gen Flynn has been done wrong.

  • William Schlumpf

    03/17/2020 12:23 PM

    Claiming the Logan act applies to members of an incoming administration is absurd. The law was never intended to apply in that way and if it were it would prevent an orderly transition to the new administration and its foreignpolicy. Now John Kerry negotiating with iranian leaders , if that is what he was doing, after leaving the office of secretary of state is another matter.

  • Dru Lopez Peck

    03/17/2020 12:18 PM

    I watched as Laura Ingram remarked on her program 3/16. She stated taking chloroquine tablets would help with virus. Pills have been around since WWII. do you have any info on this?

  • Kim Sowinski

    03/17/2020 12:18 PM

    Pardon him!
    Also, I believe Trump should just make a curfew and shut everything down for around 2 weeks to get this virus under control

  • Jerry Korba

    03/17/2020 12:04 PM

    The FBI and DOJ under the advisement of the Obama Officials were and are corrupt everyone connected to any charges brought against American citizens should be dropped and compensated for it. My Comment today relates to our President A Man of Donalds experience in the Private sector makes him so valuable to America Look at all the life time politicians Schumer Pelosi and the rest of that mob could not handle the pandemic we have today I am certain they would crawl under their beds curl up in a fetal position until a man like Trump would come in and fix the problem he is a builder he can solve problems if he can't do it himself he will find some one that can thats a leader does anyone on the Left resemble that kind of person I don't think so. No one has stepped forward yet they need to crawl out from under their bed first.

  • Jay H Mohler

    03/17/2020 11:56 AM

    Michael Flynn surely deserves a pardon since he was clearly set up by a fraudulent FBI team.

  • Ronald Bangert

    03/17/2020 11:48 AM

    Mike, Just a comment on Illinois Primaries. My wife and I are retired, 68/67, and early voted yesterday. Lines were longer than in past years, and a steady flow. (Were un Brookfield). Age if voters were across the spectrum, no masks. Rather peaceful actually.

    Voting Republican in the State & Coik County, we were in and out, only about 9 offices to vote for. No Judicial candidates were Republican, only Republican for Curcuit Court Office. Many more candidates running for democrat positions.

    With so much shutting down here, seems business as usual otherwise.

  • Nina Mcelwee

    03/17/2020 11:42 AM

    I pray the President Trump pardons Michael Flynn and that the DOJ and FBI swamp be drained to the last drop!

  • Charles Simmons

    03/17/2020 11:41 AM

    We are still waiting to find out whether USA will return to an objectively administered “justice system” founded on the constitution as written in 1787, or whether we must continue to suffer a bifurcated “all for ‘just us’ lawless democrats -- undue penalties for lawful conservatives” system which democrat operatives started with legislation in the 1960’s as the basis of their “replacement constitution”.

    For many recent decades the lawless democrats have been criminally ascendant. It’s past time to correct the imbalance.

  • Barbara Brace

    03/17/2020 11:22 AM

    President Trump needs to pardon Flynn.

  • Marian E. Jacoby

    03/17/2020 11:22 AM

    Will any liberal low life ever be held accountable? They are so smug, knowing even their selected judges will be on their side. No wonder many of our youth think another form of government sounds more promising. sigh... I so hope justice will someday occur. And when it does, my answer will be "Things happen".

  • Gary Alexander

    03/17/2020 11:20 AM

    If thses deep state partisan hacks aren't prosecuted respect for the rule of law will be forever lost. If they get away with the crap they are trying to force down Flynn's throat we are all lost.

  • Robin Rebhan

    03/17/2020 11:14 AM

    No matter what the circumstances are, what we learn from the Michael Flynn case is. When confronted by the FBI or any agency of the government, always, always have a lawyer present. Even if you are casually invited, no matter how friendly it may seem. Even if you think you are doing a service to the county.
    The FBI has a soiled reputation and I see almost nothing being done to correct itself. The deep state is still well embedded. Hopefully William Barr is successful in penetrating and removing this disgusting cancer of corruption in what was once a great organization.
    I don't so far hear of any honest men and women of good report coming forward from the FBI to make things honest, just and right again. Where are the all the " whistle blowers " now?

  • Dolores

    03/17/2020 11:12 AM

    Send these dirty cops to Hunan! And while we’re on the subject, Trump needs to declare trillions in damages caused by this seedy and demonic regime and cancel our debt to China in reparations

  • TOMMIE CLARK

    03/17/2020 11:12 AM

    WHAT HAPPENED TO KERRY AND MURPHY FOR GOING TO IRAN WITHOUT PERMISSION TO DEAL WITH IRAN, THIS IS TREASON AND THEY SHOULD BE DEALT WITH ASAP. DON'T LET THEM PRETEND TO BE PRESIDENT THEY VIOLATED THE LOGAN ACT. COME ON MR PRESIDENT DEAL WITH THEM

  • Nancy McNeely

    03/17/2020 11:00 AM

    I hope President Trump pardons him soon. That judge is just playing the political game and it is tiring now. Solomon has found the evidence and so has Flynn’s attorney. Please pardon Flynn ,Mr. President.

  • Roberta Marye

    03/17/2020 10:56 AM

    Judge Sullivan may be fearful of repercussions if he allows General Flynn to withdraw his plea. Maybe he has been threatened.

  • Joan Meyer

    03/17/2020 10:50 AM

    Is it time to really investigate Comey and perhaps see him spend time behind bars? And as you are at it, investigate all his cronies who helped him do this hatchet job on Flynn and others!

Yesterday I noted that the world is still turning while we’re focused on the coronavirus and that important news is breaking now on the ‘deep state,’ particularly in the government’s case against Michael Flynn. I praised President Trump for saying he was “strongly considering” a full pardon for Flynn. When the President tweeted that, he likely had in mind the evidence that investigative reporter John Solomon has just made public.

As you know, Flynn was pressured into pleading guilty to lying to investigators when even his questioners had reported they hadn’t seen any sign of intentional deception. For months, Flynn’s defense attorney Sidney Powell has filed brief after brief, trying to get presiding Judge Emmet Sullivan to accept the withdrawal of his plea. I can’t imagine, with all the evidence he has now, that any judge would refuse to do that, but as you’ll see below, this one might.


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The documents described by Solomon, specifically notes from testimony of DOJ officials before the special counsel that were included in a letter to Flynn’s lawyers in 2018, show that there was internal concern about how the investigation of Flynn was being conducted. Suspicions that it was all a set-up –- apparently led by then-FBI Director James Comey –- are looking more and more on the mark.

This correspondence confirms Solomon’s earlier reports –- labeled “opinion” by his editors, though he has presented well-sourced information and is repeatedly proven right –- that Mueller’s team accepted Flynn’s plea of guilty to lying about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak even though his interrogators had told the DOJ they didn’t think he was lying and simply had a faulty memory. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told the Mueller team that the FBI had briefed her on this and said the agents had characterized Flynn as “very accommodating.” (I would add that the man no doubt welcomed them into his office and never called a lawyer because he had no idea he was being set up.) She told them she was briefed that Flynn denied having a conversation about sanctions but that when nudged at one point, he’d said something like, ‘Oh, thanks for reminding me.”

Yates didn’t speak directly to Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka, the interviewing agents, but was told that their assessment was that Flynn showed no “tells” of lying and it was possible he really did not remember the substance of his calls with Ambassador Kislyak.

RELATED READING: What's happening with 'deep state' while virus infects news media

And there it is. MAYBE HE JUST DIDN’T REMEMBER. And for that, the FBI and special counsel pursued him ruthlessly in court, bankrupting him, forcing him to sell his house to pay attorneys and threatening to investigate his family, until he was simply tapped out and pleaded guilty to lying. (He had different representation at the time; perhaps this was their advice to him.) But it seems to have been over essentially NOTHING. Just on this point alone, Flynn deserves a full pardon from President Trump. But wait, there’s more.

Was this an “ambush interview,” as Solomon’s earlier reports have suggested? Well, yes. We already have Comey admitting as much on video; recall his public bragging that he just sent a couple of guys over to the White House to make it look casual. And now we have actual documentation. This correspondence relates former acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord’s concern, as expressed to Mueller’s team, that FBI agents didn’t tell Flynn he was under investigation and didn’t give him the usual notification that he could be charged with a crime if he misled the agents.

McCord told the Mueller team her understanding was that Flynn was being investigated to determine whether he had a clandestine relationship with Russia. But by January 30, 2017, the FBI had concluded that they did not believe he did, and had sent a memo to that effect to senior DOJ officials.

Recall that it was Sally Yates who had first brought up the ludicrous idea that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act (conducting foreign policy as a private citizen, a centuries-old law under which NO ONE had ever been successfully prosecuted). That concern was leaked to the news media, and this put pressure on Flynn to resign his new post as national security adviser, which he did.

Yet these newly-obtained documents show that there was internal dispute over whether or not a charge of violating the Logan Act was appropriate. According to the Mueller summary, “McCord said that upon learning of Flynn’s phone calls with Ambassador Kislyak, a Logan Act prosecution seemed like a stretch to her.” And it was. Not only was the Logan Act rarely even invoked, but Flynn wasn’t just a private citizen --- he was the incoming national security adviser! Of course he would be speaking in that capacity with the ambassador.


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Even former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe affirmed the accounts by McCord and Yates in his own interview with the special counsel. “McCabe and then-acting assistant Attorney General Mary McCord had many subsequent discussions about the Logan Act,” the memo said. “They believed prosecuting a Logan Act violation was a long shot.”

From the Mueller memo: “According to McCabe, after the January 24 interview with Flynn, the interviewing agents returned to the FBI and briefed McCabe. The agents believed Flynn seemed very credible in his interview. Everyone in the room thought it was amazing that the agents believed that Flynn seemed credible since he denied something that everyone else knew to be true.” (Note: they knew it to be true because they had been listening in on his phone calls with foreign officials. And, with his background in intel, he knew they had been listening. So why on earth would he intentionally try to fool them?)

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/yates-other-obama-doj-officials-sounded-alarm-about-fbis-treatment

One reason Trump tweeted about pardoning Flynn is that the FBI now claims the original 302s (interview notes with Flynn), which evidence shows may have been altered by Lisa Page, have been “LOST.” The DOJ told Judge Sullivan that the 302s were “not in their possession,” which implies that they do exist...somewhere.

I don’t know what’s going on with this judge, but this was his response: “Things happen.”

If anyone ever deserved a pardon, it’s Michael Flynn.

https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2020/03/15/judge-on-lost-michael-flynn-documents-things-happen/

Oh, and something else regarding "Russia": Remember when the Mueller team filed charges against a couple of Russian companies for financing efforts to use social media to “meddle” in the 2016 election? Perhaps the special counsel assumed Concord Management and Consulting and a related catering firm would just stay quiet, which would have let them avoid a trial while lending credence to the Trump/Russia “collusion” theory, but the companies denied the charges and resolved to fight back in court. And now, after all is said and done and the Mueller team found no evidence of “collusion” with the Trump campaign and the whole investigation is seen to have been a giant, politically-motivated waste of time, the Justice Department has dropped the case against them.

U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich issued a gag order in the case.

https://justthenews.com/government/doj-elects-not-prosecute-russian-companies-indicted-mueller-probe

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Comments 26-43 of 43

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    03/17/2020 12:32 PM

    Thankful for Solomon. Gen Flynn has been done wrong.

  • William Schlumpf

    03/17/2020 12:23 PM

    Claiming the Logan act applies to members of an incoming administration is absurd. The law was never intended to apply in that way and if it were it would prevent an orderly transition to the new administration and its foreignpolicy. Now John Kerry negotiating with iranian leaders , if that is what he was doing, after leaving the office of secretary of state is another matter.

  • Dru Lopez Peck

    03/17/2020 12:18 PM

    I watched as Laura Ingram remarked on her program 3/16. She stated taking chloroquine tablets would help with virus. Pills have been around since WWII. do you have any info on this?

  • Kim Sowinski

    03/17/2020 12:18 PM

    Pardon him!
    Also, I believe Trump should just make a curfew and shut everything down for around 2 weeks to get this virus under control

  • Jerry Korba

    03/17/2020 12:04 PM

    The FBI and DOJ under the advisement of the Obama Officials were and are corrupt everyone connected to any charges brought against American citizens should be dropped and compensated for it. My Comment today relates to our President A Man of Donalds experience in the Private sector makes him so valuable to America Look at all the life time politicians Schumer Pelosi and the rest of that mob could not handle the pandemic we have today I am certain they would crawl under their beds curl up in a fetal position until a man like Trump would come in and fix the problem he is a builder he can solve problems if he can't do it himself he will find some one that can thats a leader does anyone on the Left resemble that kind of person I don't think so. No one has stepped forward yet they need to crawl out from under their bed first.

  • Jay H Mohler

    03/17/2020 11:56 AM

    Michael Flynn surely deserves a pardon since he was clearly set up by a fraudulent FBI team.

  • Ronald Bangert

    03/17/2020 11:48 AM

    Mike, Just a comment on Illinois Primaries. My wife and I are retired, 68/67, and early voted yesterday. Lines were longer than in past years, and a steady flow. (Were un Brookfield). Age if voters were across the spectrum, no masks. Rather peaceful actually.

    Voting Republican in the State & Coik County, we were in and out, only about 9 offices to vote for. No Judicial candidates were Republican, only Republican for Curcuit Court Office. Many more candidates running for democrat positions.

    With so much shutting down here, seems business as usual otherwise.

  • Nina Mcelwee

    03/17/2020 11:42 AM

    I pray the President Trump pardons Michael Flynn and that the DOJ and FBI swamp be drained to the last drop!

  • Charles Simmons

    03/17/2020 11:41 AM

    We are still waiting to find out whether USA will return to an objectively administered “justice system” founded on the constitution as written in 1787, or whether we must continue to suffer a bifurcated “all for ‘just us’ lawless democrats -- undue penalties for lawful conservatives” system which democrat operatives started with legislation in the 1960’s as the basis of their “replacement constitution”.

    For many recent decades the lawless democrats have been criminally ascendant. It’s past time to correct the imbalance.

  • Barbara Brace

    03/17/2020 11:22 AM

    President Trump needs to pardon Flynn.

  • Marian E. Jacoby

    03/17/2020 11:22 AM

    Will any liberal low life ever be held accountable? They are so smug, knowing even their selected judges will be on their side. No wonder many of our youth think another form of government sounds more promising. sigh... I so hope justice will someday occur. And when it does, my answer will be "Things happen".

  • Gary Alexander

    03/17/2020 11:20 AM

    If thses deep state partisan hacks aren't prosecuted respect for the rule of law will be forever lost. If they get away with the crap they are trying to force down Flynn's throat we are all lost.

  • Robin Rebhan

    03/17/2020 11:14 AM

    No matter what the circumstances are, what we learn from the Michael Flynn case is. When confronted by the FBI or any agency of the government, always, always have a lawyer present. Even if you are casually invited, no matter how friendly it may seem. Even if you think you are doing a service to the county.
    The FBI has a soiled reputation and I see almost nothing being done to correct itself. The deep state is still well embedded. Hopefully William Barr is successful in penetrating and removing this disgusting cancer of corruption in what was once a great organization.
    I don't so far hear of any honest men and women of good report coming forward from the FBI to make things honest, just and right again. Where are the all the " whistle blowers " now?

  • Dolores

    03/17/2020 11:12 AM

    Send these dirty cops to Hunan! And while we’re on the subject, Trump needs to declare trillions in damages caused by this seedy and demonic regime and cancel our debt to China in reparations

  • TOMMIE CLARK

    03/17/2020 11:12 AM

    WHAT HAPPENED TO KERRY AND MURPHY FOR GOING TO IRAN WITHOUT PERMISSION TO DEAL WITH IRAN, THIS IS TREASON AND THEY SHOULD BE DEALT WITH ASAP. DON'T LET THEM PRETEND TO BE PRESIDENT THEY VIOLATED THE LOGAN ACT. COME ON MR PRESIDENT DEAL WITH THEM

  • Nancy McNeely

    03/17/2020 11:00 AM

    I hope President Trump pardons him soon. That judge is just playing the political game and it is tiring now. Solomon has found the evidence and so has Flynn’s attorney. Please pardon Flynn ,Mr. President.

  • Roberta Marye

    03/17/2020 10:56 AM

    Judge Sullivan may be fearful of repercussions if he allows General Flynn to withdraw his plea. Maybe he has been threatened.

  • Joan Meyer

    03/17/2020 10:50 AM

    Is it time to really investigate Comey and perhaps see him spend time behind bars? And as you are at it, investigate all his cronies who helped him do this hatchet job on Flynn and others!

Yesterday I noted that the world is still turning while we’re focused on the coronavirus and that important news is breaking now on the ‘deep state,’ particularly in the government’s case against Michael Flynn. I praised President Trump for saying he was “strongly considering” a full pardon for Flynn. When the President tweeted that, he likely had in mind the evidence that investigative reporter John Solomon has just made public.

As you know, Flynn was pressured into pleading guilty to lying to investigators when even his questioners had reported they hadn’t seen any sign of intentional deception. For months, Flynn’s defense attorney Sidney Powell has filed brief after brief, trying to get presiding Judge Emmet Sullivan to accept the withdrawal of his plea. I can’t imagine, with all the evidence he has now, that any judge would refuse to do that, but as you’ll see below, this one might.


Commentary continues below advertisement


The documents described by Solomon, specifically notes from testimony of DOJ officials before the special counsel that were included in a letter to Flynn’s lawyers in 2018, show that there was internal concern about how the investigation of Flynn was being conducted. Suspicions that it was all a set-up –- apparently led by then-FBI Director James Comey –- are looking more and more on the mark.

This correspondence confirms Solomon’s earlier reports –- labeled “opinion” by his editors, though he has presented well-sourced information and is repeatedly proven right –- that Mueller’s team accepted Flynn’s plea of guilty to lying about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak even though his interrogators had told the DOJ they didn’t think he was lying and simply had a faulty memory. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates told the Mueller team that the FBI had briefed her on this and said the agents had characterized Flynn as “very accommodating.” (I would add that the man no doubt welcomed them into his office and never called a lawyer because he had no idea he was being set up.) She told them she was briefed that Flynn denied having a conversation about sanctions but that when nudged at one point, he’d said something like, ‘Oh, thanks for reminding me.”

Yates didn’t speak directly to Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka, the interviewing agents, but was told that their assessment was that Flynn showed no “tells” of lying and it was possible he really did not remember the substance of his calls with Ambassador Kislyak.

RELATED READING: What's happening with 'deep state' while virus infects news media

And there it is. MAYBE HE JUST DIDN’T REMEMBER. And for that, the FBI and special counsel pursued him ruthlessly in court, bankrupting him, forcing him to sell his house to pay attorneys and threatening to investigate his family, until he was simply tapped out and pleaded guilty to lying. (He had different representation at the time; perhaps this was their advice to him.) But it seems to have been over essentially NOTHING. Just on this point alone, Flynn deserves a full pardon from President Trump. But wait, there’s more.

Was this an “ambush interview,” as Solomon’s earlier reports have suggested? Well, yes. We already have Comey admitting as much on video; recall his public bragging that he just sent a couple of guys over to the White House to make it look casual. And now we have actual documentation. This correspondence relates former acting Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord’s concern, as expressed to Mueller’s team, that FBI agents didn’t tell Flynn he was under investigation and didn’t give him the usual notification that he could be charged with a crime if he misled the agents.

McCord told the Mueller team her understanding was that Flynn was being investigated to determine whether he had a clandestine relationship with Russia. But by January 30, 2017, the FBI had concluded that they did not believe he did, and had sent a memo to that effect to senior DOJ officials.

Recall that it was Sally Yates who had first brought up the ludicrous idea that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act (conducting foreign policy as a private citizen, a centuries-old law under which NO ONE had ever been successfully prosecuted). That concern was leaked to the news media, and this put pressure on Flynn to resign his new post as national security adviser, which he did.

Yet these newly-obtained documents show that there was internal dispute over whether or not a charge of violating the Logan Act was appropriate. According to the Mueller summary, “McCord said that upon learning of Flynn’s phone calls with Ambassador Kislyak, a Logan Act prosecution seemed like a stretch to her.” And it was. Not only was the Logan Act rarely even invoked, but Flynn wasn’t just a private citizen --- he was the incoming national security adviser! Of course he would be speaking in that capacity with the ambassador.


Commentary continues below advertisement


Even former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe affirmed the accounts by McCord and Yates in his own interview with the special counsel. “McCabe and then-acting assistant Attorney General Mary McCord had many subsequent discussions about the Logan Act,” the memo said. “They believed prosecuting a Logan Act violation was a long shot.”

From the Mueller memo: “According to McCabe, after the January 24 interview with Flynn, the interviewing agents returned to the FBI and briefed McCabe. The agents believed Flynn seemed very credible in his interview. Everyone in the room thought it was amazing that the agents believed that Flynn seemed credible since he denied something that everyone else knew to be true.” (Note: they knew it to be true because they had been listening in on his phone calls with foreign officials. And, with his background in intel, he knew they had been listening. So why on earth would he intentionally try to fool them?)

https://justthenews.com/accountability/political-ethics/yates-other-obama-doj-officials-sounded-alarm-about-fbis-treatment

One reason Trump tweeted about pardoning Flynn is that the FBI now claims the original 302s (interview notes with Flynn), which evidence shows may have been altered by Lisa Page, have been “LOST.” The DOJ told Judge Sullivan that the 302s were “not in their possession,” which implies that they do exist...somewhere.

I don’t know what’s going on with this judge, but this was his response: “Things happen.”

If anyone ever deserved a pardon, it’s Michael Flynn.

https://www.redstate.com/bonchie/2020/03/15/judge-on-lost-michael-flynn-documents-things-happen/

Oh, and something else regarding "Russia": Remember when the Mueller team filed charges against a couple of Russian companies for financing efforts to use social media to “meddle” in the 2016 election? Perhaps the special counsel assumed Concord Management and Consulting and a related catering firm would just stay quiet, which would have let them avoid a trial while lending credence to the Trump/Russia “collusion” theory, but the companies denied the charges and resolved to fight back in court. And now, after all is said and done and the Mueller team found no evidence of “collusion” with the Trump campaign and the whole investigation is seen to have been a giant, politically-motivated waste of time, the Justice Department has dropped the case against them.

U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich issued a gag order in the case.

https://justthenews.com/government/doj-elects-not-prosecute-russian-companies-indicted-mueller-probe

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  • Elizabeth Crouse

    03/17/2020 12:32 PM

    Thankful for Solomon. Gen Flynn has been done wrong.

  • William Schlumpf

    03/17/2020 12:23 PM

    Claiming the Logan act applies to members of an incoming administration is absurd. The law was never intended to apply in that way and if it were it would prevent an orderly transition to the new administration and its foreignpolicy. Now John Kerry negotiating with iranian leaders , if that is what he was doing, after leaving the office of secretary of state is another matter.

  • Dru Lopez Peck

    03/17/2020 12:18 PM

    I watched as Laura Ingram remarked on her program 3/16. She stated taking chloroquine tablets would help with virus. Pills have been around since WWII. do you have any info on this?

  • Kim Sowinski

    03/17/2020 12:18 PM

    Pardon him!
    Also, I believe Trump should just make a curfew and shut everything down for around 2 weeks to get this virus under control

  • Jerry Korba

    03/17/2020 12:04 PM

    The FBI and DOJ under the advisement of the Obama Officials were and are corrupt everyone connected to any charges brought against American citizens should be dropped and compensated for it. My Comment today relates to our President A Man of Donalds experience in the Private sector makes him so valuable to America Look at all the life time politicians Schumer Pelosi and the rest of that mob could not handle the pandemic we have today I am certain they would crawl under their beds curl up in a fetal position until a man like Trump would come in and fix the problem he is a builder he can solve problems if he can't do it himself he will find some one that can thats a leader does anyone on the Left resemble that kind of person I don't think so. No one has stepped forward yet they need to crawl out from under their bed first.

  • Jay H Mohler

    03/17/2020 11:56 AM

    Michael Flynn surely deserves a pardon since he was clearly set up by a fraudulent FBI team.

  • Ronald Bangert

    03/17/2020 11:48 AM

    Mike, Just a comment on Illinois Primaries. My wife and I are retired, 68/67, and early voted yesterday. Lines were longer than in past years, and a steady flow. (Were un Brookfield). Age if voters were across the spectrum, no masks. Rather peaceful actually.

    Voting Republican in the State & Coik County, we were in and out, only about 9 offices to vote for. No Judicial candidates were Republican, only Republican for Curcuit Court Office. Many more candidates running for democrat positions.

    With so much shutting down here, seems business as usual otherwise.

  • Nina Mcelwee

    03/17/2020 11:42 AM

    I pray the President Trump pardons Michael Flynn and that the DOJ and FBI swamp be drained to the last drop!

  • Charles Simmons

    03/17/2020 11:41 AM

    We are still waiting to find out whether USA will return to an objectively administered “justice system” founded on the constitution as written in 1787, or whether we must continue to suffer a bifurcated “all for ‘just us’ lawless democrats -- undue penalties for lawful conservatives” system which democrat operatives started with legislation in the 1960’s as the basis of their “replacement constitution”.

    For many recent decades the lawless democrats have been criminally ascendant. It’s past time to correct the imbalance.

  • Barbara Brace

    03/17/2020 11:22 AM

    President Trump needs to pardon Flynn.

  • Marian E. Jacoby

    03/17/2020 11:22 AM

    Will any liberal low life ever be held accountable? They are so smug, knowing even their selected judges will be on their side. No wonder many of our youth think another form of government sounds more promising. sigh... I so hope justice will someday occur. And when it does, my answer will be "Things happen".

  • Gary Alexander

    03/17/2020 11:20 AM

    If thses deep state partisan hacks aren't prosecuted respect for the rule of law will be forever lost. If they get away with the crap they are trying to force down Flynn's throat we are all lost.

  • Robin Rebhan

    03/17/2020 11:14 AM

    No matter what the circumstances are, what we learn from the Michael Flynn case is. When confronted by the FBI or any agency of the government, always, always have a lawyer present. Even if you are casually invited, no matter how friendly it may seem. Even if you think you are doing a service to the county.
    The FBI has a soiled reputation and I see almost nothing being done to correct itself. The deep state is still well embedded. Hopefully William Barr is successful in penetrating and removing this disgusting cancer of corruption in what was once a great organization.
    I don't so far hear of any honest men and women of good report coming forward from the FBI to make things honest, just and right again. Where are the all the " whistle blowers " now?

  • Dolores

    03/17/2020 11:12 AM

    Send these dirty cops to Hunan! And while we’re on the subject, Trump needs to declare trillions in damages caused by this seedy and demonic regime and cancel our debt to China in reparations

  • TOMMIE CLARK

    03/17/2020 11:12 AM

    WHAT HAPPENED TO KERRY AND MURPHY FOR GOING TO IRAN WITHOUT PERMISSION TO DEAL WITH IRAN, THIS IS TREASON AND THEY SHOULD BE DEALT WITH ASAP. DON'T LET THEM PRETEND TO BE PRESIDENT THEY VIOLATED THE LOGAN ACT. COME ON MR PRESIDENT DEAL WITH THEM

  • Nancy McNeely

    03/17/2020 11:00 AM

    I hope President Trump pardons him soon. That judge is just playing the political game and it is tiring now. Solomon has found the evidence and so has Flynn’s attorney. Please pardon Flynn ,Mr. President.

  • Roberta Marye

    03/17/2020 10:56 AM

    Judge Sullivan may be fearful of repercussions if he allows General Flynn to withdraw his plea. Maybe he has been threatened.

  • Joan Meyer

    03/17/2020 10:50 AM

    Is it time to really investigate Comey and perhaps see him spend time behind bars? And as you are at it, investigate all his cronies who helped him do this hatchet job on Flynn and others!