Three-star general and President Trump’s original choice for national security advisor Michael Flynn was railroaded.

Railroaded, set up, entrapped, framed, every synonym listed in Roget’s Thesaurus.  Very deliberately.  That’s the only conclusion I can reach after reading Byron York’s shocking story in the Washington Examiner, which appears on the same day Gen. Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced.  As bad as everything the FBI, special counsel and Democratic leadership have done, and are continuing to do, to accomplish their goal of deposing Trump, the treatment of Flynn may rank as the sorriest abuse of the Constitution to date.  And that’s saying a lot.

This is not supposed to happen in the United States of America, and it is intolerable.

We learn about this through a sentencing memo filed on Tuesday by Flynn’s lawyers.  It references the “302” written by then-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe –- he has since been fired –- on the meeting two FBI officials had with Flynn --- you know, the one in which he’s accused of lying when even his interrogators said they didn’t think he had.  Anyway, the 302, which normally would have been written contemporaneously while memories were fresh but for some very strange reason was prepared almost seven months after the fact, contains some information which Flynn’s lawyers were allowed to reference in their own court document.  (The FBI is still refusing to release the full 302.)

Going by McCabe’s own written account, here’s how the worst day of Flynn’s life unfolded:


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Around noon on January 24, 2017, when Trump had been in office just four days, Flynn got a call at his new West Wing office, on a secure phone, from McCabe.  They discussed a bit of business, and then McCabe casually asked Flynn if a couple of agents could drop on by and ask him to clarify some details of Flynn’s talks with Russian officials that had taken place during the presidential transition.

We learn that in order to keep Flynn “relaxed,” McCabe, by his own account in the 302, specifically encouraged him to just casually talk to the officials by himself, WITHOUT A LAWYER.  It wouldn’t be a big deal or anything like that.  To further induce Flynn to keep it light and off-the-cuff, he said that if Flynn did want to include anyone else in the meeting, they’d need to involve the DOJ and it would become a bigger deal, and who wants that, right?  So the unsuspecting Flynn just said some version of, “Sure, Andy, I’m just unpacking a few boxes over here and will be around, so that would be fine if they want to come on over this afternoon.”

Then, boom, the agents –- one of them the notoriously anti-Trump Peter Strzok –- arrived at Flynn’s office within two hours.  Sure enough, in his report McCabe describes Flynn as “relaxed and jocular” (editorial aside:  according to plan, nyah-ha-ha!)  As the 302 describes, McCabe and other FBI officials had decided ahead of time that “the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned THAT GIVING THE WARNINGS MIGHT ADVERSELY AFFECT THE RAPPORT.”  (Emphasis mine.)

Remember that by unmasking his name in wiretapped telephone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak (and, later, illegally leaking this information to the Washington Post, but I digress), the agents already had the information they needed, but Flynn was left in the dark.  According to the Flynn sentencing memo, “Before the interview, FBI officials had also decided that if ‘Flynn said he did not remember something they knew he said, they would use the exact words Flynn had used...to try to refresh his recollection.  If Flynn still would not confirm what he said...THEY WOULD NOT CONFRONT HIM OR TALK HIM THROUGH IT.’”  (Again, emphasis mine.)  In other words, if they thought it was possible that Flynn had misled them, they would not try to clear it up with him.  As the meeting wrapped up and they all shook hands out in the hall, Flynn apparently had no clue that he had said anything wrong.  One can picture him going back to unpacking boxes and setting out pictures of his family in his new office at the White House, thinking, “Well, that’s done.  What nice guys.”

The Flynn memo, citing what McCabe himself had written in the 302, said, “One of the agents reported that Gen. Flynn was ‘unguarded’ during the interview and clearly saw the FBI agents as allies.”  This should send a chill up every American’s spine.

So, as Flynn’s lawyers suggest, he was caught off guard, rushed into an on-the-spot interview, misled into thinking this was not a serious conversation, and told it would be just as well --- better, in fact --- if he didn’t have a lawyer there.  I would add that he didn’t have a clue about having been wiretapped.  (If they’d really wanted to refresh his memory, they could have just shown him their transcript.)  Flynn subsequently was indicted for lying to the FBI; lost his prestigious job and, essentially, his career; lost his house; spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees; reportedly had family members threatened with prosecution; had to move in with relatives; and faced the real possibility of going to prison.

What needs to happen NOW:  the Justice Department must turn over the full 302 to House and Senate investigating committees –- which have been asking for that but which have, of course, been refused it –- and everything else relating to their handling of Gen. Flynn, including any original, contemporaneous notes made by the two officials who questioned him.  The DOJ would love to run out the clock on the House committees, which have only a few weeks left of Republican leadership.  As Jerrold Nadler has very openly said, once Democrats take control of the House in January, they’re immediately shutting down all non-Trump-related investigations.

Now, there’s a “government shut-down” we should all be concerned about.

This has just gone too far.  When Trump’s political opponents decided that all the rules were out the window in their quest to get keep him out of office and, later, to depose him, it started taking America down.  The Constitution is considered to be collateral damage; hey, these people didn’t think much of it, anyway.  They reference it only when doing so suits their purposes and ignore it when it doesn’t.  This set-up really does compare to something that would happen in a banana republic, not in America, and certainly not to a revered three-star general with over 30 years of service to his country.

This story is being overshadowed right now by the Michael Cohen sentencing, because that story (unlike this one) is something the anti-Trump media can have a heyday with.  But it’s bubbling beneath the surface and will not go away.  Expect updates as we learn more.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/memo-fbi-recommended-michael-flynn-not-have-lawyer-present-during-interview-did-not-warn-of-false-statement-consequences?platform=hootsuite

 

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  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    01/01/2019 08:36 AM

    Keep your powder dry.

  • mike zachery

    12/28/2018 04:25 PM

    What makes you think that Flynn is not guilty? Flynn was in the military for 20 plus years, he knew better than to lie to the FBI and the Congressional investigation. Plus he knew what the law is when you work for a foreign government as an agent you have to register. Flynn is a retired General he knew better, he is a traitor.

    do you think

  • Dawn Street

    12/15/2018 10:23 AM

    So what can be done about this if DemonRats close down committee hearings? Do we have a back door?

  • Edward Swisher

    12/14/2018 11:36 PM

    Recent Senator Elect Josh Hawley (R-MO) was asked to investigate my claim of judicial misconduct, police misconduct (false arrest, false written statement, acting under the color if the law, and perjury), and misconduct by the contract "public defender", failure to investigate the allegations in the false convictions in my case in Johnson County, Missouri involving the Knob Noster, Missouri Police Department. The complaint was filed with Josh Hawley/ Missouri Adjutant General's office 4 separate occasions by fax, which was "lost", attempted by email to a bogus email address provided by a staff member which did not go thru, via the official MOAG website, which was ignored, by USPS Certified Mail, which was ignored, and to Josh Hawley himself via USPS Registered, which was also ignored.
    After the MOAG's office ignored the complaint, I filed a written complaint as a civil rights/ criminal complaint to the US DoJ; I received only 1 of the 2 USPS Certified Mail return receipts back from the DoJ, and that return receipts address was heavily redacted. In fact, the original address was covered with a mailing label, which was heavily redacted with black ink. The person that signed for the certified mail signature is present on the reverse side of the "green card". I obtained the name of the person that signed for the second letter ( from which the "green card" was not returned was identified wit the assistance of the local Postmaster via her computer. As of this date, there has been no investigation into the matter by Josh Hawley's office, the DoJ, nor have I been contacted by any party that would have been involved in an investigation at the State or Federal level.

  • Lisa Bass

    12/14/2018 01:15 PM

    To the newly controlled House, you had better proceed with caution. From the heart the mouth speaks and I for one will be listening. With all that power it may be easy to hide certain crimes, but harder to hide true motives. I know what I am looking for. Is there any honesty, integrity, patriotism, selflessness or heroism to be found? Be careful what you ask for. It will be most revealing and we, the people are watching. I hope that matters to you.

  • Kim Yochum

    12/14/2018 09:40 AM

    With all this info that has been discovered and repeated over several months... why doesn't anyone do anything? Why aren't these people in jail? Why does nothing happen? When is anyone going to do anything? It is a shame and embarassment that this is allowed to go on. Why are our conservative and law abiding govt. leaders not doing anything? I do not understand. What is the point of telling this info if no one steps up to the plate and stops it?

  • LLOYD TIEGS

    12/14/2018 02:50 AM

    IS THERE A WAY TO DONATE TO THE GENERAL SO HE CAN START TO PUT HIS LIFE TOGEATHER?

  • William Joyce

    12/14/2018 02:30 AM

    Sir I agree with you this is a travesty! So why isn't anyone doing anything!? Why was none of this taken care of when we had a Republican House and Senate!? Why weren't they standing with Trump and passing his programs like the democrats do when they are in office?! Why is the Republican Party not confronting these caving so called Republicans and telling them either vote with the party or change your name to what you really are a democrat! Your absolutely right it is shameful that this is going on, we stand around and let the dems spout BS and no Republicans stand and confront them! Stop trying to be gentlemen we are in a fight and we are not fighting! Please help an old Marine and Cop understand this, and thank you for what you do

  • Susan Hilton

    12/13/2018 10:23 PM

    These articles literally leave a knot in my stomach! I am so frustrated to know these horrible things are happening to so many. What are we supposed to do to combat this destructive behavior besides wring our hands? Sometimes, it just feels hopeless. I pray that God will protect our country from these evil doers!

  • Susan Buedel

    12/13/2018 10:18 PM

    I have always thought the General was railroaded and this confirmation just makes me sick to my stomach. I feel hopeless when I think about the direction our country is heading.

  • Kathleen Dobyns

    12/13/2018 08:33 PM

    I just finished watching the Congressional hearing of Tom Fitton and a college professor on YouTube. So many things I saw which appeared as if they already heard these things two years ago and wonder why he is still knocking on doors to get justice for America. Mr. Fitton wants answers to the misuse of the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One sale.
    What hurt the most was the “honesty” proclaimed by the Clinton Foundation filing their reports (voluntarily) each year and receiving five star ratings for their marvelous reporting of their funds. It made me think of us giving five stars of a book review or a movie. The congressman pointed out all the accolades paid to the the CF. On and on with the praise. I kept thinking he had to be blind. Accolades are cheap. The democratic congressman was defensive whether he knew the truth or not.
    Mr. Fitton reported many, but not all, of the millions and millions of dollars they have received from so many countries and “donors” over the years. Mr. Fitton pointed out that the things he wants to read the most are given to him, months and even longer, after he has filed Freedom of Information requests, and then these papers are filled with black bars meaning the most critical information has been redacted. What good is that? (It is as if one has requested the daily newspaper, and it is retrieved from the bottom of the bird’s cage after the bird has done its business!)
    But what really confused me was that the democratic congressmen and women felt justified in asking about the Trump Foundation in comparison. They were really crass, but moreso, what business did questioning about the TF
    have to do with this congressional hearing?
    Thank God for the strong and dogged tenacious fighting spirit of the Judicial Watch.

  • Deborah J. Poteet-Johnson

    12/13/2018 07:51 PM

    Mike,
    Thank you so much for bringing this information to the public. I am amazed to see how God is working to bring the truth to LIGHT, and I am so thankful for you and others who are not afraid to let the rest of us Americans know what is going on. God bless you for all you do!

  • Denise Hanson

    12/13/2018 07:04 PM

    Yes, Governor.
    .. Flynn has been railroaded. He is not the first one to be unjustly prosecuted. . For something he failed to say, clarify and all information gained under false pretenses should be declared invalid. This case is just out in public.
    Cases of the abused who finally get their fill and stop the problem, one lady this week got 50 years for murdering her abuser. She should be rewarded! ... another example... A sentence of 36 months for lying to an investigator who is lying to you? Conversely: A murderer, walks scott free, and there is lists of those murdered by a certain crime family, investigations done by close associates not independent parties.. Since when is that fair and/or just?
    There is a place where all Liars will go.. that punishment will be just, and investigators who railroad, plant evidence, "mis-represent" truths, and tell "little white lies" and what ever they choose to put it under have a JUst Judge who will take care of that.
    Flynn should be free and clear, in my opinion so should these others I have mentioned... The money they had to use to defend themself before false and made up charges should be restored to them from the investigators who made up these charges. Every thing they own should go to the ones wronged and all their retirement packages, homes. included. Their wifes can get an honest job and support any minor family remaining at large, and those guilty of false imprisonment should be dealt with harshly.with no chance of getting our fro under the jail. Tent jails and hard work would benefit them and they could continue to pay for their wrongs to those they have harmed. We know that those wronged in public is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Suzanna Tudor

    12/13/2018 06:45 PM

    This article makes me so upset that our government has such unethical people in top positions ruining good people’s lives. The democrats and the media are relentless in trying to destroy the president, even if it means trashing the constitution or whatever comes into its path. Everyday it’s something else.

  • Linda Mahan

    12/13/2018 05:47 PM

    This is a total outrage. How can anyone in the investigating realm even stomach themselves? Crooked! Dishonest! Disgusting! Disgraceful! My thesaurus is running dry!!!!! He needs to be cleared and no sentencing allowed until this 302 is released to competent sources. Then Pres. Trump should pardon him and he be reimbursed his losses. An absolute outrage he is persecuted while Rosenstein, Ohr, Strok, Hillary, and all the rest of these lying cronies remain free to continue in their den of iniquity. I am outraged and getting more so by the minute!!!!!!

  • Elaine Liming

    12/13/2018 05:35 PM

    Once again you have given your readers a commentary that makes sense. It reminds me of the farmer and the crooked politician story. The Crooked Politician wants to speak to the community where this farmer lives. The farmer says, sure you can use my place for your talk. He invites all the farmers in the community to attend and listen to the Crooked Politician . The farmer says I put a bench on that hilly spot so you can be seen and heard by all. The Crooked Politician gave quite a speech but left wondering why the farmers all had big grins. What he didn't know but all the farmers knew he was speaking on a manure pile. This is the biggest stink the people of this country has had to experience. Drain the Swamp-----we need to clean out the manure first.

  • Lois L. Robeson

    12/13/2018 05:21 PM

    Is there anyone who can force the FBI to turn over information...and if so, why don't they do it?! I did hear on radio today that the judge in the Flynn case wants more information and that there is a chance that he might throw the case out. I hope and pray that it happens.

    Also, why does Trump not declassify everything or do you think he's waiting for the right moment?

    We stopped getting the daily newspaper and I do enjoy reading your newscasts.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    12/13/2018 05:19 PM

    This outrage is characteristic of Democrats' modus operandi. They are a sniveling, rancorous, seditious bunch, and they don't even try to hide it anymore. What they have done, and continue to do to this country would have been unimaginable even 10 years ago. The greatest enemy our country now faces dwells among us. I pray the judge presiding over Gen Flynn's case will dismiss the charges. I pray also that President Trump rewards Gen Flynn with a administration position worthy of such a great man. It's heartbreaking that a noble Soldier, who has faced combat and served his country with honor, is now in the fight of his life. God help us.

  • Sue Tombrella

    12/13/2018 05:09 PM

    Thank you Governor for keeping us updated. It so nice to know someone in the know that we can trust to listen too. I've been on 2 trips with you and know your heart. Hard to believe the corrupt people in Washington. Let us know what us as citizens can do..

  • Joseph

    12/13/2018 04:17 PM

    Have you ever known anyone who even knows Killary who hasn't been crooked? Being corrupt is a pre-requisite to knowing and dealing with the Clintons. One only has to do some investigative work to know the entire Barry Soertoro Government was made up of corrupt people. Point in case if the FBI was so great where were all the whistle blowers. If the answer was there were none then the entire agency is corrupt as they apparently think more about their jobs than they do about their oaths. That also goes for all the agencies in local and Federal. When it is known that the entire Special council is Democrat and connected to the Clintons or Obama's then our Society is no longer an honest viable one.

  • Beatrice Vajgart

    12/13/2018 03:48 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, wouldn't it be interesting if President Trump pardoned Flynn and appoint him for his chief of staff?

    Beatrice Vajgart

  • Connie Price

    12/13/2018 03:29 PM

    What are we to do?? I also listened to Rush L. This whole thing is terrifying!! Feels like we are in a foreign country!! The House is just waiting until they have control...

  • Marsha Barnett

    12/13/2018 03:09 PM

    Hi Mike. I always read your daily newsletters and appreciate your balanced views on what is going on. And of course your great humor

    I believe that President Trump needs to call out the police with a supeona and stand guard in the FBI and clean out all their files and have them delivered to the WH where a committee of attorneys under strict observation by Congress and find all the documents they need. On Flynn. The Clintons. The Democratic Party. Anything else the FBI refuses to show Congress.

    When Congress asks you obey. Otherwise if they refuse to show documents put them in jail with the general population until the documents are produced. But I digress. It would be better to just go and get the documents by force. I am sick and tired of all this political posturing and nonsense

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    12/13/2018 03:03 PM

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  • John Davis

    12/13/2018 02:12 PM

    What the FBI and DOJ have done to subvert justice and constitutionality is amazing! The Republicans should have done more to force their hands while they had the chance! The Democrats are literally able to get away with murder ( think Benghazi), while Republican’s lives are put under a microscope-the two tiered system of justice is stunning!!!