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Can a defendant withdraw a guilty plea if, during plea negotiations, the prosecution withholds exculpatory evidence? The Supreme Court has not addressed this question, and lower courts are split, but federal judge Emmet Sullivan, who now presides over the increasingly eyebrow-raising Michael Flynn case, is making the case for “yes.”
Could it possibly be that the illustrious Mueller team withheld evidence helpful to Flynn at the same time they were negotiating his plea agreement? Surely such fine, upstanding bastions of the law as Andrew Weissmann –- never mind that this sleazy bastion is already notorious for withholding evidence –- would refrain from stooping so low, especially in such a vitally important (right) investigation as the one into Trump/Russia collusion. But we now know that James Comey testified that the agents who interviewed Flynn said they thought he was telling the truth; what if this consequential tidbit of information, or some other valuable gem, never found its way to Flynn and his lawyer in time for his plea? (Recall that Flynn didn’t even have a lawyer during his interview, likely because he had nothing to hide and didn’t think he’d need one. Famous last words.)
Mueller strays into LinkedIn territory
By Mike Huckabee
Robert Mueller has made another indictment in his investigation of Russian collusion in the 2016 election. Try to follow me on this one:
He’s charged Alex Van Der Zwaan, an associate in the London law office of Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom (is that a law firm or a Monty Python gag?), with lying to investigators about conversations related to a report he helped prepare on the trial of Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko. Van Der Zwaan was questioned about his firm’s work for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice back in 2012 and allegedly lied to investigators about his last communications with Richard Gates, who was indicted with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort over consulting work they did in Ukraine years before Trump announced his candidacy.
Oh, and he also allegedly deleted some emails that federal investigators wanted to see. Say, when did that become a crime?
So there you have it: proof Trump colluded with Russia to win the presidency! Boy, has this investigation been worth the money.
Incidentally, Bloomberg News had to look up this guy’s LinkedIn.com page just to figure out who the heck he was. You know Mueller has wandered far afield from his original mission when he’s gone even beyond the ludicrousness of investigating Facebook ads and is now in LinkedIn territory.
Teachers flock to concealed carry permit class
By Mike Huckabee
We’re seeing a number of protests involving school children demanding more gun control laws to prevent school shootings. I don’t blame them, because they’re young and naïve and don’t realize how they’ve been misled into thinking that the solution to all problems is more government and less freedom. But at least some of their teachers seem to understand enough about reality that they do not want to become statistics in the next attack on a “gun-free zone” school.
For proof, consider that an Ohio sheriff offered a gun safety class for teachers who want to qualify for a concealed carry permit. The initial class had room for 50 teachers. It filled up in 20 minutes.
I would ask even those parents who are most repulsed at the idea of armed guards at school to think hard and answer this question with brutal honestly: If your child were in a school that came under attack, would you really prefer that he or she be in a class run by a teacher who circulated a gun control petition or a teacher who has a concealed carry permit?
Go see the new Eastwood film
By Mike Huckabee
If you haven’t seen Clint Eastwood’s new movie, “The 15:17 to Paris,” featuring the three real American heroes who stopped a terrorist attack on a European train playing themselves, then you really should. You should also take a potentially life-saving tip from them. They were unarmed, yet they took down a would-be mass murderer with a semiautomatic rifle. When a Fox News interviewer asked if they had talked about what they would do if they were ever in that situation, they surprised her by saying yes: it was something they had talked about often. Two of them were military veterans, and as lifelong friends, they had discussed exactly how they would deal with it, and that preparedness paid off.
Being caught in a life-threatening attack when you’re unarmed isn’t something anyone wants to think about. But it can happen, (particularly if you’re in a gun-free, or “sitting duck,” zone). But if you think about it in advance, you’re less likely to panic and more likely to survive.
Michael Moore attended Russian troll rally against Trump
By Mike Huckabee
I wouldn’t attack anyone on the left or right for unknowingly retweeting a tweet that originated with some Russian troublemakers, or even unwittingly attending a rally for some cause they already believed in that might have been secretly organized by that same group. I don’t expect everyone to run down the provenance of everything they see online, and I don’t believe for a second that a handful of tweets or Facebook ads that mostly ran after the election or in non-swing states had any effect on the vote at all.
However, when it turns out that one of the big, post-election, anti-Trump rallies secretly organized by Russian trolls was prominently attended by Michael Moore, who’s been demanding the resignation of Donald Trump for being a “Russian traitor,” well…that’s just too hilarious to ignore.
I’ve always wondered why a guy who wants to bring down capitalism and loves Cuba’s health care system was bothered by the idea of Russians taking over America anyway. Sounds like something he must dream about.
Doing this won't help
By Mike Huckabee
I like Brian Kilmeade, the co-host of “Fox & Friends,” but I have to disagree with his suggestion that the US should retaliate against Russia’s attempts to meddle in our election by meddling in theirs. It’s not just that it would reduce us to their level (and if you think we don’t already secretly meddle in elections all over the globe, you’re being naïve – Obama didn’t even try to cover up his attempt to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection in Israel). But it would also be a big waste of time and money.
Seriously, do you think there’s anything we could do or say that would result in an anti-Putin underdog winning a Russian election? That would be like trying to strike it rich by betting against the favorites in pro wrestling matches.