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- Mike Flynn sues the government, and good!
- A Tragic Weekend of shootings
- And much more.
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2. Mike Flynn sues the government, and good!
In other Russia Hoax-related litigation, former Trump National Security Advisor (for two whole weeks!) Michael Flynn has filed a $50 million claim against the FBI and the “Justice” Department under the Federal Tort Claims Act, for malicious prosecution in their so-called investigation of the Russia Hoax.
Investigative reporter John Solomon has obtained a copy of the filing, known as a Form 95 Civil Claim. Filed quietly on February 22, it claims that Flynn can prove political interference inside the FBI.
The career of this three-star Army general was arguably ruined. Thus, the $50 million represents “compensatory damages including but not limited to lost past and future earnings/revenue, emotional distress, lost opportunity to be President’s National Security Advisor, significant restraints of personal liberty, attorney’s fees/expenses and court costs in defending against malicious prosecution, abuse of process, false arrest.”
One strong piece of evidence of his political prosecution is that now-infamous meeting in the Oval Office attended by then-President Obama, Vice President Biden, and FBI officials. Flynn’s filing mentions that this meeting was held just weeks after Obama pointedly urged Trump not to choose Flynn as national security adviser. Flynn also alleges that former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe had a personal vendetta against him.
“Flynn was the target of a politically motivated investigation and prosecution that had no merit when it began, no merit during its course, and no merit in the end when the charges were withdrawn by the DOJ and ultimately dismissed by the Court after Flynn received a full pardon,” the filing reads. They called him a traitor, it says, acting in concert with a foreign power.
They even threatened to prosecute his son unless he pleaded guilty. (Recall that he did, then withdrew the plea after getting new legal representation.) The filing says, “The federal government’s targeting of a citizen for baseless criminal prosecution and eliciting a plea bargain through threatening of family members is outrageous conduct of the highest order.”
We wish Michael Flynn all the best in his pursuit of this suit. No punishment that could be levied is too great. The government cannot be allowed to get away with this banana-republic-style political intimidation and ruination.
3. Michael Sussmann on trial: DAY 1
Today is the first day of the Michael Sussmann trial in federal court. He’s being prosecuted by “Russia Hoax” special counsel John Durham for lying to FBI general counsel James Baker when he said he was not speaking to them on behalf of any client. He was, in fact, representing tech executive Rodney Joffe and Hillary For America, whom billing records show he charged for the meeting.
Before we get into the trial, here’s a related item of interest, bearing on another story in the news. You know of Elon Musk’s new legal obstacle in acquiring Twitter and restoring uncensored speech? Guess who Twitter’s lead counsel happens to be? James Baker, one and the same.
No comment for now; moving on…
Former Congressman Devin Nunes, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee, and his chief investigator Kash Patel, a former national security prosecutor, are two people who have long known the story that Durham has put together. They appeared with Maria Bartiromo on SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES to preview the trial, with Patel saying, “I think John Durham is doing the most methodical prosecution I’ve seen in recent history.”
The best way to convict “is with their own documentation,” Patel observed. As in, follow the money. That’s how Durham connected the Clinton campaign with the Perkins Coie attorneys and Fusion GPS. Last week, we learned that Durham will be using as evidence the actual notes from FBI officials, which, Patel reminds us, were subpoenaed by the Intel Committee long ago but never turned over. These make it clear that Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok knew –- before Crossfire Hurricane was opened –- that the Trump-Russia story was full of lies paid for by the DNC and Hillary’s campaign.
I would add that this might put Sussmann’s defense in a position to argue the FBI knew it was fake oppo research but didn’t care, making their client’s lie seem less consequential. That’s right --- in defending their client, they might need to admit that Durham’s big-picture narrative was TRUE. Wouldn’t that be delicious?
That big picture is what Durham describes as a “joint venture.” (We outlined recently the difficulty Durham’s had getting this Obama-appointed judge to let in anything about that.) Patel said that other indictments from “Clinton World” might be forthcoming, such as for Jake Sullivan, who’s currently Biden’s national security adviser; John Podesta and Robby Mook, who ran Hillary’s campaign; and the infamous Marc Elias, then of Perkins Coie.
Durham, he said, “has put the Clinton campaign and the FBI cabal together, in Andy McCabe’s office, with their own notes, to go and lie to an American public, a federal court, and surveil a President unlawfully. And then Andy McCabe is quoted in the notes, saying, ‘I want this Russiagate investigation to endure a year after it started’ to perpetuate the lie and the criminality of their conduct.”
Nunes went on to talk about the significance of this scandal and its broad cover-up, tying it to the current state of our institutions. “So, it starts as dirty political tricks,” he said. “Five years later, it ends up with...the deterioration over time of every institution in this country...These institutions have to be cleaned up, and Durham is the only guy in the position to get that done.”
As for whether Durham’s case will get a fair hearing from a DC jury, Patel said, “The jury can hear what they want, but they’re gonna see the FBI’s own words, Michael Sussmann’s own tweets and text messages, and that stuff doesn’t lie.”
Let’s hope they care. Meanwhile, the fight has continued over what may be presented to the jury. As Margot Cleveland details, Judge Christopher Cooper has ruled that Rodney Joffe may actually assert attorney-client privilege for his conversations with employees of Fusion GPS because those conversations “furthered Joffe’s and the Clinton campaign’s common interests.” What??
Interesting that the argument would be made at all that Joffe and the Clinton campaign HAD common interests. Did those by any chance have to do with Hillary getting elected?
But it’s true: the judge ruled on Thursday that Durham may not show the jury copies of emails previously withheld by Joffe, the Clinton campaign and the DNC. He did acknowledge that of the 38 emails, the Clinton campaign “had no valid reason to withhold 22.” Even so, he said that the Durham team had “waited too long” to file their motion to compel and so it was denied.
The judge decided on his own that these emails were “not particularly revelatory” and would add little to Durham’s case against Sussmann. (Aside: maybe it’s not the case against Sussmann he’s concerned about, but the unofficial one against Hillary For America and the DNC.)
On the other hand, Judge Cooper’s decision might benefit Durham in future litigation, Cleveland said, “because it establishes a precedent for Durham’s team to seek access to other communications withheld on the basis of the Clinton campaign’s claims of attorney-client privilege.” That relates to nearly 1,500 documents withheld by Fusion GPS as “privileged.”
Still, it might not help. Concerning the emails at issue here, Cleveland finds it “strange” that this judge would defer to Marc Elias’s claim that they ALL pertained to legal advice. (Fusion GPS attorney Joshua Levy had argued the same thing.)
Also distressing: The judge said that Joffe’s communications with Perkins Coie were privileged even though they were sent to a third party, Fusion GPS employee Laura Seago, who was involved only in the technical aspects of the data, not legal. She didn’t work for Joffe or Perkins Coie, and so wasn’t involved in the legal aspect. Even so, the court held that attorney-client privilege applied because of the “common interest.”
Say what? I’ll ask again: What was the “common interest” these three shared, other than getting Hillary elected?
And in the judge’s 11-page opinion, he said his court would “apply the principles set forth above to any assertions of privilege during witness testimony at trial.” In other words, if Durham wants testimony from Seago or any other Fusion GPS employee about communications with Joffe, it might not be allowed. This comes after Durham had to grant Seago immunity to get her testimony!
Cleveland says Durham does have a few cards he can play. He can go to the appellate court for a ruling on privilege before the trial starts. (Well, it starts today, and we haven’t heard anything about that.) He can use Seago’s claim of privilege to emphasize that Sussmann was indeed representing both Joffe and the Clinton campaign when he went to James Baker.
One other idea. Though I tell readers often that I am not a lawyer, I personally love the idea of prosecutors emphasizing to the jury this “common interest” claim being made by the defense. Because that sounds a lot like Durham’s “joint venture” claim to me --- the joint venture to smear Trump and elect Hillary President.
Here’s an informative “catch-up” on the case from the New York Post.
And here’s another good pre-trial write-up, quite even-handed, from Courthouse News Service.
4. Trump speaks out on FOX News and 2,000 MULES
Over the past couple of weeks, we've had plenty to say about the evidence presented by True The Vote and Dinesh D'Souza in their documentary film 2,000 MULES, as well as the failure of FOX News to step up and even allow their opinion hosts to cover the movie and pose questions about it.
So now, we'll let President Trump speak for himself...
5. Brandon Straka on "Huckabee"
Must-See Video! And if you didn’t see it already, why not? But worth watching again:
It’s #WalkAway founder Brandon Straka on “Huckabee” over the weekend, describing the trumped-up charges against him over January 6th and the intense effort by the government to destroy his life, gin up fake conspiracy charges and force him to plead guilty to something he didn’t do. And all for standing outside the Capitol and shooting video on the non-violent side of the building (But I think really for encouraging too many people to see the Democratic Party for what it’s become and walk away.)
This is not the kind of thing that should ever happen in the United States of America, and I doubt that he’s the only one it’s happened to. This is why it’s imperative to replace the people in charge with people who will clean out that rats' nest (I won’t dignify it by calling it a swamp) as soon as possible.
6. RIP MAGGIE PETERSON (CHARLENE DARLING)
By “Huckabee” pop culture guru Pat Reeder (http://www.hollywoodhifi.com)
I’m sad to have to report that on Sunday, one of the last surviving members of “The Andy Griffith Show” cast, Maggie Peterson, passed away at 81. Last July, I wrote about her family setting up a Go Fund Me to help her cope with her medical problems and her husband, musician Gus Mancuso’s, Alzheimers. She took a turn for the worse after his recent death and died peacefully on Sunday, surrounded by family and friends. To those of you who donated in thanks for all the happy memories she gave us, she wanted her fans to know how much it meant to her that their generosity made such a positive impact on her and her husband’s lives and that you helped her not to feel alone.
I can’t find any obituaries up yet, but here’s a statement from her family:
The only female amidst the “Deliverance”-like Darling clan (her bros played by bluegrass greats The Dillards), Maggie also played a completely different role in an episode of the final season of the show and a third on an episode of “Mayberry RFD.” The same person popping up as different characters was a strange quirk in Mayberry, perhaps due to there not being enough people in small towns to go around.
Maggie would sometimes sing on the show with her sullen, silent siblings, on such memorable tunes as “Salty Dog” and “There Is A Time.” Here’s a delightful YouTube video of a reunion at which they performed the latter: https://youtu.be/8F8VvG99CH4
She also did commercials; had a regular role on “The Bill Dana Show;” one-shot roles on “The Odd Couple,” “Love American Style” and other TV shows of the era; and parts in the Don Knotts movie “The Love God,” Andy’s film “Angel In My Pocket,” and, of course, the TV movie “Return to Mayberry.” She was sometimes billed as Maggie Mancuso and worked as a location scout.
Maggie was best known as an actress, but actually devoted more time to singing. She started out in a band with her brother Jim and two friends called Margaret Ann and the Ja-Da Quartet. They were noticed at a record convention by Andy Griffith’s manager, who encouraged them to come to New York. That led to some TV variety show shots, a few singles and a 1959 Warner LP called “It’s the Most Happy Sound.” It’s filled with Shakey’s Pizza Parlor style singalongs such as “Swanee River,” “Mississippi Mud” and “My Cutey’s Due at Two to Two Today.”
While touring the Vegas-Tahoe-Reno lounge circuit with a musical act called Margaret Ann and the Ernie Mariani Trio, she was spotted by the Griffith show’s producer and director and asked to play Charlene, and the rest is TV Land history. She was always very grateful to “Griffith” fans for remembering her, and everyone who met her described her as the sweetheart you’ve always imagined her to be. Rest in peace.
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05/17/2022 03:46 PM
Only + from hearings is to Acess Tech for Saucer design, production, Engineering, Navigation, Communications, life support, energy alone for Commercial use
Chelsea R. Martin
05/17/2022 11:45 AM
"The government cannot be allowed to get away with this banana-republic-style political intimidation and ruination."
Hmm. You've been living in some kind of alternate reality for the last 20 or so years? The "banana-republic-style political intimidation and ruination" didn't start with Trump - he just exposed it for what it was.
05/17/2022 11:23 AM
Russians now killing own wounded.
05/16/2022 09:14 PM
Thank you for some good news, LORD HERE OUR PRAYERS.
05/16/2022 05:02 PM
Governor Huckabee, can you PLEASE pass along this message to Brandon Straka? I live in his home state of Nebraska so have followed any news regarding him since I first saw him on your show and then found out where he was from!
Brandon: PLEASE KNOW that you were prayed for after your arrest for the ridiculous Jan 6th charges you faced, and also KNOW that you are cared about! I respect the work you have been doing with the Walk Away campaign so much. Please keep it up -- and don't hesitate to seek out help when the going gets tough! I will continue to keep you in my prayers!
05/16/2022 04:45 PM
CA NY shootings:
Again see no Uniform probe into shootings seen
Random knee jerk local actions
Probe both shooters Family Life
I sense the "Manifesto shooters" are Indoc deep agent types
Few shooters leave manifestos.
05/16/2022 01:56 PM
Why are precious metals (gold and silver) going down and not up in this recession? Manipulation anyone?