May 13, 2020

D.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has been in no hurry to dispense with the Michael Flynn case, and I’m sorry to report it’s not over yet.

Observers thought he might go ahead and dismiss the case early this week, but it was not to be. Tuesday evening, he “indefinitely postponed” any ruling. It’s not enough for him that the Department of Justice has had it reviewed by an outside U.S. attorney and recommended dropping it; Sullivan is inviting OUTSIDE GROUPS, no doubt with their own political agendas, to file amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs, to let them all come forward and make a case against Flynn’s exoneration.

That doesn’t sound like justice to me –- just the opposite. Although conservative groups may also file briefs, this ruling by Judge Sullivan will turn the case into a total political circus. The left will organize like crazy to deluge the court with condemnations of Flynn. (“He lied! He pleaded guilty!”) That is not how decisions of guilt or innocence should be made. Flynn should never have been questioned by the FBI in the first place, as investigators had found nothing, and after four years of this atrocity, Flynn deserves much better. I hate to say it, but he deserves a better JUDGE. Investigative reporter Sean Davis agrees.

Here’s the full story at FOX NEWS, updated to say that an ethics complaint is being filed against Judge Sullivan by independent journalist Michael Cernovich, because the judge has previously refused to let groups file pro-Flynn amicus briefs. Cernovich says the judge is “acting as a politician, not a judge.” I’ll second that motion.

In other (better) Flynn news, we know as of Tuesday evening at least part of what was in the mysterious satchel that acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell hand-delivered to the Justice Department last week. As Ed Henry reported on FOX NEWS, the contents were one of several batches being declassified and brought over and may explain the pre-emptive strikes in recent days by President Obama and former intel officials. The bag contains a list of the former Obama administration officials who targeted Flynn and unmasked him in classified transcripts of recorded conversations, including those with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

This could be illegal, and the leak of his name to the Washington Post was undeniably illegal. Flynn’s name had been redacted because, as an American citizen, he has certain legal rights to privacy. (I’ll wait while you fall to the floor, helpless with laughter.)

Seriously, leaking unmasked information and/or using it for political gain is against federal law. Well, unless Obama –- or James Comey, on behalf of Obama –- told you to do it. I’m only half kidding.

Grenell has declassified the names of those who unmasked Flynn’s identity between Election Day 2016 and Inauguration Day 2017. This was an intense period for the “Trump/Russia” investigators, especially January; we’ve all seen the timeline. In particular, Obama held an Oval Office confab on January 5 and afterwards discussed the Flynn recordings with Comey and Sally Yates.

Attorney General Bill Barr has recommended dropping the case against Flynn, and U.S. Attorney John Durham is reportedly looking at the unmasking and leaking to see if prosecutions are warranted. Those who want the names of the unmaskers will have to wait a while; according to Sarah Carter, they will be made public, but Grenell and Barr will “work through this and decide who is best to release the names.”

Of course, the HUGE question is this: how did Obama come to be so very well informed of the Flynn surveillance and his call with Kislyak? By January 5, he knew all about it, to Yates’ great surprise. Maybe we’ll know soon; sources tell Ed Henry that Grenell has “four or five” other batches of intel coming, and that “it could get sticky for [former CIA Director] John Brennan in particular.”

Apparently Brennan knew something that contradicted the chosen narrative that Russia wanted to help Trump win. It was that Russia actually wanted HILLARY to win, because she was “a known quantity” and “more malleable” than a wild-card businessman like Trump.

ASIDE: Isn’t this what we’ve been saying all along? Given all we know, it defies logic to say Russia backed Donald Trump, as the fictional Steele “dossier” claimed. Good heavens, look at what Hillary did for them –- how can anyone be surprised that Putin wanted her in the White House after she approved the deal that led to their owning 20 percent of America’s uranium supply? She might as well have been their lobbyist. Plus, there's no telling what they might have had on her to use as blackmail. No, Russia was “WITH HER."

Recall that our nation’s 17 (17!) intel agencies put together an “Intelligence Community Assessment” that concluded Russia had tried to damage Hillary and help Trump win in 2016. Evidence that Brennan suppressed intel saying Russia wanted Hillary is reportedly part of what Grenell is in the process of sending over. Even though Brennan had to be aware of the political origins of the “dossier,” he pushed hard for it to be included in the assessment, and he got his way, at least partly; a “dossier” summary was included.

So far, this all seems like old news to us –- and likely to you, too –- as we’ve followed investigative reporters who had excellent sources and were reporting on this for years, mostly into a vacuum. The important thing now is that we’re finally seeing evidence, not just what “sources say.” It’s all true. The reporters who’ve been worthy of our attention all along were not just way out ahead of the pack, but also right. Unlike the “journalists” so wedded to their anti-Trump narrative that they ignore anything that challenges it, we want most of all to be correct. If we’re not, we’ll say so. But so far, we are. Correct, that is.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsay Graham has been saying for months that he would seek testimony from Obama officials about the Russia investigation, issuing subpoenas if necessary. He wants to hear specifically about that January 5 meeting and the unmasking. As he told Sean Hannity Tuesday night, he wants to know if unmasking was “used as a political weapon.” He also wants to know “why Sally Yates didn’t know about the Flynn investigation but President Obama did.” And he wants Grenell to go ahead and release the names of the unmaskers.

The fact that the national security adviser for an incoming President was surveilled by the outgoing administration –- possibly the outgoing President –- is truly stunning. “If I ever find that the intelligence community is unmasking my phone calls to foreign leaders where I discuss foreign policy as a United States senator, heads will roll,” Graham said.

But the Senate has no prosecutorial power; that has to come from the Justice Department. The Senate can have hearings if they want to, but justice is in the hands of Durham and Barr, who must know this is the worst scandal in American government, possibly ever.

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  • Peter Burford

    05/16/2020 11:16 PM

    Dan Bongino made an interesting observation. The day the cqll occured, General Flynn was in.the Donincan Republic and was the very day Obama sent the ambRussian diplimats packing. It is certainly plausible that Obama knew this would prompt a call from the Russian diplomat on a day when Flyn was out of the country. This is how Obama was able to get the call before Flynn was unmasked. He ordered it while Flynn was out of country through his AG. No need for a FISA warrant. This is Bongino's highly plausible speculation.

  • Tim Dever

    05/15/2020 09:55 AM

    Since I was a child I always believed in a deep state. People would always laugh at me and tell me I was a nutcase whenever I mentioned it. I don't think they are laughing anymore. The deep state is a whole lot deeper than I ever imagined.

  • Tim Dever

    05/15/2020 09:51 AM

    If they can do this to a person like Flynn, just imagine what the can do to "little" guy for nothing more than supporting a guy like Mike Huckabee.

  • Linda Meyer

    05/15/2020 08:50 AM

    Here we go again. Wasting time and money digging up dirt on anyone who works with the President.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/14/2020 06:56 PM

    Has America finally getting to the point of returning to work. I hope so the Experts have had their say and I say enough Fauci is like a kids spinning top on what his expert opinions are Science my ass he has the expert label as the guy with a gift of nonsense one day you wear a mask the next day you don't one day the Wuhan Virus is not that dangerous the next day its nuclear fallout he is like the guy in desert going round and round searching for water he will expertly lead America to bare bones ditch him before its to late. America has got to have better. If he is relying on China for his info he might be not an expert he may be a traitor .

  • Sandra Meistrell

    05/14/2020 06:47 PM

    Truth prevail & pray!

  • alicia Cervera

    05/14/2020 03:12 PM

    The Gov. is right. SUllivan is a judge ( a loser) at that, but a judge wo should lose his license for the felonious decision on Flynn. Sullivan is a racist and NOT a politician to take it upon himself to decide not to dismiss this case. Hes inserting his personal and hateful bias against our president and screwing General Flynn to the wall after the AG and Durham and other investigave lawyers PROVED over and over and over again that the Gen. is NOT guilty. NEVER was NEVER will be! GIVE HIM his DESERVED FREEDOM! Why s Hitlery, obama, biden, brennan, comey, powers, yates, strozck and others not in JAIL BY NOW? They have been proven guilty and the D]O]nkeys are in deafening silence.

  • Mona Kramer

    05/14/2020 01:26 PM

    Dr. Fauci was too much for me. This is the 24th day that I have not trusted him to believe people could self quarantined for their own safety and let the rest of the world go to work. He is still at it.

    This should be done again EVER!!!! We are smarter than this. Slow walking opening up the economy if a joke - people are going to slow walk this until they realize this was not the way to go.

    I love President Trump and know he wants the best for the people of this country, but he cannot listen to someone who is so smart he has no common sense.

  • Mona Kramer

    05/14/2020 01:25 PM

    Dr. Fauci was too much for me. This is the 24th day that I have not trusted him to believe people could self quarantined for their own safety and let the rest of the world go to work. He is still at it.

    This should be done again EVER!!!! We are smarter than this. Slow walking opening up the economy if a joke - people are going to slow walk this until they realize this was not the way to go.

    I love President Trump and know he wants the best for the people of this country, but he cannot listen to someone who is so smart he has no common sense.

  • Walt Miller

    05/14/2020 01:25 PM

    I believe that this Judge works for Obama and will do what ever Obama tells him to do.

  • Mona Kramer

    05/14/2020 01:20 PM

    Dr. Fauci was too much for me. This is the 24th day that I have not trusted him to believe people could self quarantined for their own safety and let the rest of the world go to work. He is still at it.

    This should be done again EVER!!!! We are smarter than this. Slow walking opening up the economy if a joke - people are going to slow walk this until they realize this was not the way to go.

    I love President Trump and know he wants the best for the people of this country, but he cannot listen to someone who is so smart he has no common sense.

  • Suzanne Bullock

    05/14/2020 11:10 AM

    When are the heads of the deep state traitors going to start rolling? And that includes SCOTUS members who have ignored the Constitution and used international law to decide cases? Oh, wait. Barr is one of them so the obvious answer is, "Not in this life!"

  • Lindsay Kent

    05/14/2020 10:42 AM

    Following this case some, I kept feeling like Judge Sullivan was exercising some caution after Sidney Powell took over the case. He was a central figure in her book, License to Lie, I believe. And so I felt he was exercising caution to not be accused of bias. But after making a poor judgment call in december regarding this case because he was misled by the prosecution, I can't begin to understand why he would open himself up to this same group of thugs and bullies. So now, my working theory is, since Obama is implicated, there is some awful pressure on him and he's caving. I can't see why else someone would dismiss sound reason for some unconstitutional, unprecedented play otherwise.

  • Steven Lechtenberg

    05/14/2020 08:36 AM

    As usual there will be finger pointing, some hearings, a lot of misleading head lines from the democratic lap dogs and a final report that will you got caught, don’t get caught again.
    Real justice is only for us minions, our elected royalty, we no longer have a constitutional republic, we have a political monarchy, are really above any laws that apply to us. Just look at Benghazi, fast and furious, E-mail gate, money to buy off Iran, the critical look down on law enforcement from the Oval Office, a failed 1 trillion dollar stimulus, should I keep going. The tentacles are deep and long, now and then a sacrificial lamb is offered to us so they can say SEE WE ARE DOING OUR JOB. Washington DC is the most corrupt city in the world and this virus farce and what they did to GENERAL MICHAEL FLYNN will show us how crooked they really are, but in the end our own personal concerns and worries will win out and let the swamp have it’s way and continue to ruin every thing it touches

  • Jerry Korba

    05/14/2020 08:36 AM

    The Media has been attacked for so long as being propaganda outlets and they are. If one would watch these outlets the garbage spewed out by anchors is quite visible although these people are morally corrupt they are doing what they are told to do by the owners of the outlets or if they don't follow orders they will be fired; now the owners seem to have unlimited resources in CNN and MSNBC a little over 2 million people view the 2 of them not a lot, its uses half of the time on TV for commercials which who knows what the people buy watching the ads. I don't buy the ads products if I need something I buy it I don't buy because its on TV my point who or what is helping finance these outlets to spread a narrative that is destructive or wants to run Capitalism from the United States. The owners of these outlets hire people (anchors) that are some what of a misfit in the general population so they have an axe to grind with America to start and they grind with malicious intent with no regard for the truth they get paid and they find revenge against America that rejects them. Watch them for 2 minutes it becomes quite clear the hurt and hate these people have for America.

  • HelenC

    05/14/2020 08:08 AM

    Looks like Judge wants to be judge and jury—after he confers with the Dems in the back room.

  • Stephen Clayton

    05/14/2020 05:21 AM

    What most people fail to realize is that eventually the truth will be known, if not in this life then surely before the judgment seat of God. Nobody is going to get away with anything, except in the minds of the short-sighted, ignoramuses who have sold their souls to Satan for power or material gain and who have no vision for the true reason of their existence. We should pray for ourselves, children, friends, and even for our enemies to be humbled unto repentance so that we and they can confess of their sins / crimes and seek forgiveness before it is too late and are relegated to the depths of Hell for all of eternity. The only true way is by understanding and living by the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ who is our exemplar, Savior and Redeemer. God bless all mankind to come to that realization!

  • James Alvin Tallant

    05/14/2020 12:19 AM

    I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that the truth we have been hearing from Trump supporters for over 3 years is finally coming to light. I have believed what Sarah Carter and others on FOX have been telling us, but I wanted proof so that these people can be prosecuted. The "Deep State" was as deep as some of us thought but we needed proof. Now we have to bring justice to these lawbreakers starting with Obama and Biden.

  • Gail Benensohn

    05/13/2020 11:52 PM

    “Justice delayed is justice denied.” I’m relieved that the TRUTH is finally coming out, but how will the innocent get their lives back? Do the people care now?

  • Miriam B.

    05/13/2020 11:43 PM

    Ask the Judge!
    Who did the judge talk to as decided to allow outside submissions? CNN was reporting on those who had submissions ready even before the parameters of who could submit decided?
    Stinks to high heaven.

  • Suzanne Utts

    05/13/2020 09:52 PM

    Can't that judge be tarred and feathered?

  • Aaron Woien

    05/13/2020 07:32 PM

    Judge Sullivan was appointed by Slick Willy Clinton, so what should we expect? He is determined to prosecute Mr. Flynn, and he will do exactly that. Immediately after the election, President Trump should commute the sentences of Flynn, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, and issue full pardons to all of them. Then all three should immediately sue every one of the crooks who persecuted them, including Obama. If Durham and Barr decide to investigate Obama, they will probably find he was actually born in Kenya to an anarchist American mother and an African father. Sadly, Obama is likely to skate because of his race.

  • Sally Jones

    05/13/2020 07:10 PM

    Wow! First, thanks for making this mess a little easier to understand. I think we can expect this kind of evil going forward. We live in an era of right is wrong and wrong is right. This side of heaven I don’t see it changing. That’s the sad part. But the good news is, God will one day set this right. That is a day all believers in Jesus have to look forward to. In the meantime, we are called to live in truth, love and grace. May God give us the strength to stand strong on His Word.

  • Carol Pickard

    05/13/2020 06:22 PM

    Question have all the crooks involved in this Flynn and Russian scandal been stripped of their security privileges including Biden?

  • Dusty Burton

    05/13/2020 06:21 PM

    Would like to have investigated who is ordering deaths to be recorded on death certificates as being due to the corona virus rather than actual cause?? This instance was suicide by hanging but was registered as cause of death was coronavirus (he did have coronavirus ) but that was NOT the cause of death!!