As missiles fly in Iraq, here’s something to ponder: If former FBI Director James Comey hadn’t set up Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in January of 2017 as part of the bogus “Trump/Russia” probe, President Trump would be benefiting now from the advice and counsel of his intended national security advisor. Instead, in a startling turn of events, Flynn is likely headed for prison.
The last time we discussed Gen. Flynn, Judge Emmet Sullivan had categorically rejected Flynn’s claims that the prosecution had failed to turn over exculpatory material and also that Flynn had been pressured into pleading guilty to lying to the FBI (he had different attorneys then) when his questioners had concluded he wasn’t being deceitful. Flynn’s sentencing, postponed for so long, now looms.
Now we hear that prosecutors, who’d requested probation, have turned around and are asking for Flynn to serve up to six months in prison. The reason? Well, it looks as though this has nothing to do with Flynn’s guilt or innocence on the original charges. They say Flynn did not offer “substantial” testimony that was useful to them in the prosecution of Flynn’s business partner Bijan Rafiekian on rarely-prosecuted FARA charges (failure to register as an agent of a foreign government when he was lobbying for Turkey). Rafiekian was convicted without Flynn’s testimony but the case was reversed by a judge who found no evidence of the Turkish government’s role in any conspiracy. It would seem that this has nothing to do with Flynn or his reluctance to testify, but now he’s taking the heat.
"In light of the complete record...the government no longer deems the defendant’s assistance ‘substantial,’ wrote prosecutor Brandon Van Grack in a 33-page filing. “It is clear that the defendant has not learned his lesson. He has behaved as if the law does not apply to him, and as if there were no consequences for his actions.” More: “Given the serious nature of the defendant’s offense, his apparent failure to accept responsibility, his failure to complete his cooperation in --- and his affirmative effort to undermine --- the prosecution of Bijan Rafiekian and the need to promote respect for the law and adequately deter such criminal conduct, the government recommends that the court sentence the defendant within the applicable Guidelines range of 0 to 6 months of incarceration.”
Recall that Flynn, then President Trump’s new national security adviser, would never have been pulled into this if he hadn’t been ambushed by Comey’s FBI –- former FBI Director James Comey even publicly bragged about violating protocol to send agents to Flynn’s White House office to question him without a lawyer present –- after Sally Yates at Obama’s DOJ suggested Flynn might have violated the Logan Act, an obscure law dating from the late 1700s that no one has EVER been convicted under. In other words, he was railroaded, set up for a process crime. If we want to talk about “respect for law,” we might want to consider all this.
Anyway, Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, is scheduled to file his sentencing request on January 22. Sentencing is set for January 28. Since the December 18 ruling by Judge Sullivan, in which the judge, incredibly, went so far as to accuse Flynn of selling out his country, Powell has been uncharacteristically quiet; she had been making TV appearances to share what was going on with Flynn’s case but has been notably absent for weeks.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about his communications with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Presidential transition (note: NOT during the campaign). He was, by then, broke and had had to sell his house to pay legal bills, and the FBI was reportedly threatening to target his son if he didn’t cooperate. Under the agreement, he could have faced up to five years in prison, but prosecutors originally recommended probation because they anticipated his “substantial assistance” in several ongoing investigations, according to the WASHINGTON POST.
So why does Flynn now face the likelihood of jail time, when others such as Andrew McCabe, James Clapper and James Comey have lied under oath and are still free as the breeze? Well, there’s the double standard that so far has protected them, of course. But reading between the lines in the WAPO story, it seems Flynn was likely seen as a way to “get” Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and also to aid in their efforts to implicate Trump in attempts to obtain Hillary’s emails from WikiLeaks. Nothing came of any of that, so Flynn now pays the price.
In her very public defense of Flynn, Sidney Powell was pulling the curtain back on the ‘deep state.' There are people who surely want to silence her, and it seems they have, at least for a while. as she sees to the interests of her client. Bill Barr, as head of the Department of Justice, should be looking closely at this curious turn of events; we don’t know how involved he has been in the case.
There are calls for President Trump to pardon Michael Flynn, to pull him out of the machine that ensnared him and stop this miscarriage of justice. Here’s a good example…
Michael Flynn’s name (Sidney Powell’s, too) turned up in a new piece by Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST about the scope of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation. It was Powell who revealed last October that Durham had obtained two Blackberrys belonging to Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud, who played a key role in events leading to the opening of “Crossfire Hurricane.” This information was in a motion she filed requesting that the U.S. Government be ordered to “produce evidence that has only recently come into its possession.” This is the motion that Judge Sullivan so unexpectedly denied in December.
Powell noted that the material on Mifsud’s phones was “material, exculpatory and relevant to the defense of Mr. Flynn,” showing that “OCONUS lures” and “agents of Western intelligence” were used against her client “as early as 2014.” (“OCONUS” stands for “outside the continental United States.”) Cleveland cites this piece by Jeff Carlson in THE EPOCH TIMES…
The main point of Cleveland’s article is that Durham knows much more than IG Michael Horowitz learned. He’s certainly not just looking at the FBI. In fact, I’m going out on a limb and guessing all roads lead back to John Brennan’s CIA, that Mifsud was likely being run out of the CIA, that his phones DO hold evidence that Flynn was spied on for many months, and that Powell has been induced to stay quiet about all this.
Cleveland also brings up Stefan Halper, another “confidential human source” who became acquainted with both Carter Page and Flynn and who appears to have been shadowing Flynn as early as January 2014. (For an understanding of why this might have happened, I recommend Lee Smith’s excellent book, THE PLOT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT.) According to THE NEW YORK TIMES, Durham is focusing now on John Brennan, requesting “Mr. Brennan’s emails, call logs, and other documents from the CIA...” Something tells me there’s a lot more to Flynn’s story, and that Durham will connect the dots.