The Flynn plea deal

December 4, 2017

This past weekend, the media and Congressional Democrats are doing the job that attractive women in scanty Spandex do for bad magicians.  They’re flashing their Flynn plea at Americans to distract them so they don’t notice what’s really going on, like the unconscionable acquittal of Kate Steinle’s sanctuary city-protected, repeat felon killer or the hard-fought Senate passage of the GOP tax reform bill. 

They’re hysterically excited over the idea that Flynn, having been hounded into bankruptcy and the loss of his house by notoriously unethical prosecutors with an unlimited budget of our money ($5 million and counting) is now so desperate that he’s agreed to plead guilty to one count of making a false statement to the FBI about a matter that has nothing to do with Russian collusion to affect the election – you remember, that thing Mueller is supposed to be investigating? 

Trump’s critics desperately hope this means Flynn will now testify against Trump and his family and send them all to federal prison for the unpardonable crime of beating Hillary Clinton (to date, still the only major presidential candidate who is known to have exposed classified information to Russia, taken money from Russian companies, and paid shady Russian sources for dirt designed to affect the election.)

In fact, they’re so excited about that prospect that Brian Ross, ABC’s Chief Investigative Correspondent (sorry, I had to take a second to stop laughing after typing that), claimed that Flynn was going to testify that Trump, as a candidate, ordered him to make contact with the Russians.  That bombshell was spread far and wide by gleeful “objective journalists,” and the reading of it on “The View” sent Joy Behar into paroxysms of joy as the studio audience cheered.  

One problem with that…well, a lot actually, but one big one.  It wasn’t true.  At all.   ABC was forced to issue a “clarification,” which is a four-dollar word for “Oops!”  (Reporters whose delicate feelings are too bruised to attend a White House Christmas party because Trump keeps accusing them of airing “fake news” might want to consider that there’s an easy way to stop it:  QUIT AIRING FAKE NEWS!)

The Flynn plea actually involved him lying to the FBI about how he was allegedly told by someone in President-elect Trump’s Administration (likely Jared Kushner), shortly before the Inaugural, to contact the Russian ambassador for discussions on sanctions and an upcoming UN vote on Israel.  None of that is illegal.  In fact, as National Security Adviser, it was his job.  It’s SOP: Obama also spoke to foreign officials before taking office about what his policies would be. 

Here’s another news flash: even if it had happened when Trump was a candidate, it still wouldn’t be illegal.  Private citizens have a First Amendment right to talk to Russians.  Try it yourself, if you like.  Although be aware that if you do it by phone or the Internet, the NSA will probably intercept it; and if there are any lingering Obama appointees who have a grudge against you, it will likely be illegally leaked to the media to destroy your career and reputation while the felon who leaked it gets off scot-free.  Or as that’s known in certain dark corners of the Justice Department:  “justice.”       

I’m not a legal expert, but Andrew McCarthy of National Review is, and here’s his take on Flynn’s plea: READ MORE

Another legal expert, David French, also thinks that like such previous trophies of out-of-control prosecutors as Scooter Libby and Martha Stewart, Flynn was badgered, frightened and confused into lying about something that wasn’t illegal.  And it had nothing to do with collusion or the election.

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The Lawfare blog takes a darker view, but in all their long and ominous analysis, they somehow never mention any law that Trump or his top people allegedly violated.

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One legal expert from the Watergate days told Fox News that the only thing he can imagine Mueller using as grounds for indictment is the Logan Act, a constitutionally suspect law that nobody has ever been prosecuted under.  There have been only two indictments under it, the last one in 1852.  He said if Mueller cites the Logan Act, Trump should just fire him. 

Gen. Flynn learned a very hard lesson about dealing with overzealous special counsels.  He should have just refused to talk to them.  Or if he was going to lie to the FBI, he should have told them his name was Hillary Clinton.  That way, he could have destroyed any evidence and been declared innocent before they ever even questioned him. 

 

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  • Daniel C. Lam

    12/05/2017 04:12 PM

    Governor Huckabee,

    I write this as A Strong Trump supporter and with a bit of *trepidation in the fact of President Trump's tactics in his fight to help this Nation to once again become Great, rather than to continue to fade into mere mediocrity.

    I have been praying on this for a year and have now come to this conclusion, I honestly believe that President Trump's best recourse would for him to take a lesson from Ronald W. Reagan's play book and do as he did in 1962, however he should depart from the Republican party which no longer has a True identity anyway the corruption within it has caused it to lose most of its integrity, and its trust from we the people.
    If he were to state his values as that of a Christian, Conservative, Constitutionalist, this will stop the confusion and backbiting that is happening within his ranks, he is currently
    fighting a War upon which there are many fronts and that truly puts him in a stalemate situation. Although he can do a few major adjustments and tweaks to Big Government it's still limited to go only as far as the party allows (Due to their resistance, the people see this as his weakness because there are no clear differences, to much to and fro as a ship tossed by heavy waves).

    He should at the same time state that a Man he has made many mistakes in his youth in which he has already went before GOD upon he knees and confessed his sins, that he has already received forgiveness for. But is confessing this before ALL the people to show them his sincerity, and ask to for they're compassion and understanding as former sinners, and fellow Christians to allow him to move forward.

    The merit of this are in these facts that only Christians will fully understand (Romans 8:31),
    yet everyone will respect due to the fact of him dumping the trashy baggage that comes with the Republican party and his past all at once.

    Then to start a Conservative & Constitutionalist Party (NOT exclusive to Christians), this way it eliminates the confusion of just who are the "Good Guys" within the Republican party.
    It's going to happen sooner or later anyway the party has to much corruption tied to it.

    Better for the President to help it to happen while already in power, making it a clean break, and giving All the Citizens some clarity amongst all the confusion, and mayhem, it will also be easier to see the enemy (those who in Government only to further their own personal agendas).

    I have called the Whitehouse comment line today at 10:54 am Pacific Time without going into the full and complete details that I have mentioned to you because they wanted it breif.


    I write this to you because you have your daughters ear, and she in turn has the President's.

    I'm sure many will say we live in the real world so how do you expect this to happen?

    My answer to that is last time I check GOD made this Real World through Christ!!!

    The Gospel of
    John 1:1-4

    In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD.
    2 He was in the beginning with GOD.

    3 ALL things were Made through HIM, and Without HIM Nothing was made that was made.
    4 In HIM was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.

    The Gospel of
    John 1:10-14

    10 HE was in the World, and the World was Made through HIM, and the World did Not know HIM.
    11 HE came to His own, and HIS own did Not receive HIM.
    12 But as many as received HIM, to them HE gave the right to become children of GOD, to those who believe in HIS name:
    13 who were born, Not of blood, Nor of the will of the flesh, Nor of the will of man, but of GOD.

    14 And the WORD became Flesh and Dwelt among Us, and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the FATHER, Full of Grace and Truth.

    Sorry, for the poor editing I'm a disabled shut in, and I'm doing this from my mobile phone.

  • Daniel C. Lam

    12/05/2017 03:50 PM

    Governor Huckabee,

    I write this as A Strong Trump supporter and with a bit of *trepidation in the fact of President Trump's tactics in his fight to help this Nation to once again become Great, rather than to continue to fade into mere mediocrity.

    I have been praying on this for a year and have now come to this conclusion, I honestly believe that President Trump's best recourse would for him to take a lesson from Ronald W. Reagan's play book and do as he did in 1962, however he should depart from the Republican party which no longer has a True identity anyway the corruption within it has caused it to lose most of its integrity, and its trust from we the people.
    If he were to state his values as that of a Christian, Conservative, Constitutionalist, this will stop the confusion and backbiting that is happening within his ranks currently he is fighting the War upon which many fronts that it truly puts him in a stalemate situation that although he can do a few major adjustments and tweaks to Big Government it's still only as far as the party allows.

    He should at the same time state that a Man he has made many mistakes in his youth in which he has already went before GOD upon he knees and confessed his sins that he has already received forgiveness for, but is confessing this before ALL the people to show them his sincerity, and ask to for they're compassion and understanding as former sinners, and fellow Christians.

    The merit of this in these facts that only Christians will fully understand (Romans 8:31), yet everyone will respect due to the fact of him dumping the trashy baggage that comes with the Republican party and his past all at once.

    Then start a Conservative & Constitutionalist Party (NOT exclusive to Christians), this way it eliminates the con fusion of just who are the "Good Guys" within the Republican party, it's going to happen sooner or later.

    Better for the President to help it to happen while already in power, making it a clean break, and giving All the Citizens some clarity amongst all the confusion, and mayhem it will also be easier to see the enemy (those who in Government only to further their own personal agendas)

    I have called the Whitehouse today at 10:54 am Pacific Time without going into the complete details that I have mentioned to you.

    I write this to you because you have your daughters ear, and she in turn has the President's.

    I'm sure many will say we live in the real world how do you expect this to happen,
    my answer to that is last time I check GOD made this Real World through Christ!!!

    The Gospel of
    John 1:1-4

    In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD.
    2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
    4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

    The Gospel of
    John 1:10-14

    10 HE was in the World, and the World was Made through HIM, and the World did Not know HIM.
    11 HE came to His own, and HIS own did Not receive HIM.
    12 But as many as received HIM, to them HE gave the right to become children of GOD, to those who believe in HIS name:
    13 who were born, Not of blood, Nor of the will of the flesh, Nor of the will of man, but of GOD.

    14 And the WORD became Flesh and Dwelt among Us, and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the FATHER, Full of Grace and Truth.

  • David Ormsby

    12/04/2017 11:59 PM

    Thank you. The current media explanation of what happened is obviously distorted and confusing. Your piece clears the air considerably.

  • Anne Fledderman

    12/04/2017 11:22 PM

    Thank you for making the complicated understandable. I appreciate your information; I trust you to tell us what we need to know.

  • Gwyne Falo

    12/04/2017 09:59 PM

    Americans need to see the evil deception of those trying to frame anyone who is trying to expose evil, especially pedophilia as General Flynn and his son tried to do. May the Lord expose these pedophiles and deliver children from such evil doers and deliver us, this nation, from such injustice. Mr. Huckabee, I hope you will also try to do what you can do to expose this evil in our government. Senator Grassley tried to expose child porn in the Pentagon in 2011, to no avail. May the Lord raise up the prayers and voices to cry out shame and may justice be served by His mercy and grace. May the truth come out as to why General Flynn has been framed by the media, and if it has to do with his exposing pedophilia, let the truth be known, and may the media's own doing, fall onto their own heads, just as what happened to Haman in the book of Esther. Bring out the truth and justice, Lord Jesus. Amen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6W8H5Z0XAc (CNN interviewed Grassley on child porn by employees of the Pentagon)

  • Bob Anderson

    12/04/2017 08:22 PM

    The Dems hyperventilate over every appalling tweet while our POTUS is cleaning their clock! MAGA 2020!!

  • Vicki Powell

    12/04/2017 06:50 PM

    Thank you for spelling out the details, Mike! You always do it with such with and flair! I was hoping you would win the nomination. I voted for you in the McCain disaster of primaries. Keep up the good work!

  • Tom "Duke" Colaluca

    12/04/2017 06:48 PM

    God Bless you Gov for a breath of fresh air and down right common sense editorial!!

  • Fran Rifley

    12/04/2017 05:14 PM

    As I told you in Isreal, I am trusting you as a Christian and so I read and relie on your opinions. An honest voice is refreshing. Thanks.

  • Janet L Conway

    12/04/2017 04:39 PM

    I love reading your commentaries! So entertaining and I feel I can trust what you tell us. Oh, and I do so love your daughter, Sarah! Please tell her to keep up the great work!