In the legal fight to take down President Trump, there has been no more shameful example of collateral damage than the case of former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. But since he got new legal representation --- attorney Sidney Powell, the perfect choice given her past experience with Mueller attack dog Andrew Weissmann --- it’s been clear that this isn’t over for him.

Recall that Flynn was charged with perjury even though his FBI questioners –- one was the infamous Peter Strzok –- didn’t think he had tried to mislead them, and that former FBI Director James Comey publicly bragged about sending FBI agents to the White House to question him without benefit of a lawyer in the very early days of the Trump presidency. (His audience laughed when he told them.) It was an obvious set-up. And from all we can tell, Flynn took the plea not because he had actually lied but because he was financially broken and prosecutors had threatened to go after his family.

Flynn still hasn’t been sentenced, as prosecutors have enlisted him as a “cooperating witness” in a FARA case (Foreign Agents Registration Act) involving his former business partner. But according to investigative reporter Sara Carter, who cites a brief filed by Sidney Powell in the Eastern District of Virginia and unsealed by the judge on Tuesday, that relationship changed after they pressured him to lie under oath. According to the brief, “The prosecutors have been adamant that Mr. Flynn testify that he authorized the filing of the FARA form knowing and intending that it contained false statements. Mr. Flynn cannot give that testimony because it is not true.”

As Carter reports, before he signed off on the paperwork in question, which the head of the National Security Division of the DOJ was making him do, Flynn had one of the top experts in FARA law go over every bit of it to make sure it was truthful and in order. It was his absolute belief when he signed it that it was correct.

But because he wouldn’t say what they wanted –- because saying he had lied WOULD be lying –- they were planning to change his designation from “cooperating witness” to “co-conspirator” in the case against his former partner. Prosecutors are, in effect, suborning perjury when they deal with a witness in this way.

So, after all this time, Flynn is still having to deal with this garbage. Fortunately, Judge Anthony Trenga issued a scathing opinion late in the day Tuesday that rejected the prosecutors’ request. The details are here in Carter’s updated report…

Judge Slams Government Argument That Michael Flynn Is 'Coconspirator' In Former Partner's Trial

Carter, in an appearance on Tuesday’s HANNITY, made the point that a FARA application is typically simple to fill out, but that Flynn’s FARA was “so extraordinarily complicated” that it was almost (almost?) as if they had deliberately crafted it to make it impossible for him to avoid making a misstatement. Traditionally, the FARA law has been quite casually enforced, but agents started cracking down when it was found to be a way to snare associates of the President.

Oh, and Michael Flynn’s name also turns up on the list of 12 more subpoenas being issued by Jerrold Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee. After all he’s been through, and all the testifying he’s already done, the Democrats want to put him in the hot seat again –- and perhaps yet another perjury trap. It’s just disgraceful, especially when directed at someone who served his country with distinction for decades.

If they really wanted to conduct oversight, they’d be looking into the way this fine man has been treated.

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  • Vickie Fiorentino

    07/13/2019 09:41 AM

    He should make a statement to the judge regarding the ridiculous position they have placed him in...Lie or be a co-conspirator...they will nail who they wish by strongarm and this NEEDS TO STOP! Doe he have a GO FUND ME page?

  • Carol J Mathews

    07/12/2019 10:14 PM

    I hope he wins, sues and gets a fortune from the sleazy laws for the entrapment.
    We can only hope.

  • Marilyn Brereton

    07/11/2019 08:49 PM

    This whole investigation is a disgrace,Nadler & Schiff should be ashamed. I don’t know if these two have a religious faith, but we all have to answer to our maker one day. God forgive them for what they are putting this good man through.

  • Wayne L. McKinney

    07/11/2019 10:17 AM

    We are approaching 2 1/2 years since these investigations all started. The President has given the Attorney General to power to reclassify the classified documents that seem to stop all progress just when it looks like we are going to see some headway.
    How much longer are we going to have to wait for the veil to be lifted, releasing all those documents that are protecting all the self-serving folks at the DOJ?
    Are we actually going to see justice and the facts disclosed? Will it happen before 11/03/2020 so the voters will know the truth before casting their ballots?

  • Gail L Turnbull

    07/11/2019 07:50 AM

    Some of you can confirm or correct this, but I do not believe that government agencies can be sued. However, individuals within government agencies who act outside of the understood civil, legal, financial protocols and who act outside of Federal, State and Civic laws can be sued in civil courts. Once individuals within a government agency act in a criminal manner, they then are exposed and vulnerable to a civil lawsuit. Is anyone able to confirm this? I hope Flynn goes after the PEOPLE who are key players in the State Dept., DOJ and FBI, and sues for heavy personal harm damages.

  • Jerry Korba

    07/11/2019 07:40 AM

    I look at all the info we get today and a lot of it is negative for instance Black family causing chaos at Disneyland, a toddler falling 11 stories to her death off a cruise ship, women soccer team winning the world cup great; then the negative of a selfish Gay person taking over the whole teams freedom to talk or visit the White house, and making point of greed for more money the dummy wants to blame someone for not being paid equally like men hey dummy work for a better deal if unhappy with your pay hire someone smarter than yourself to get a better deal or play for North Korea you may want to let your teammates help you with that one your pay grade may not let u make that decision by yourself not enough IQ; Nadler's HJC what a farce, the Pledge of Allegiance in St, Louis Park MN It seems as we are living with unhappy wild Primates living in the best country on the planet it is time to get the nets round them up and let them live with themselves in unhappy land with the media covering their every move only in unhappy land which is anywhere that does not include the USA.

  • Doug Morgan

    07/10/2019 09:33 PM

    The system seems to be run by corrupt people; the same ones who built the system. The District of Criminals is a corruption machine that manufactures evil and devours good people. Sending good people into this evil machine is not going to stop it, it will just grind them up. Thank God for Trump who has determination and tenacity to keep resisting being thrown into it, but the machine eventually will win. Unfortunately, there are too many on both sides of the isle that are designers and builders of this evil monster that is now too big to corral or kill.

  • MARIE DAHL

    07/10/2019 09:19 PM

    I hope the government will have to hand over a few million bucks to Flynn so that he can get his life back and he and his family can have a nice life after all of this. God bless you Michael Flynn.

  • Anne Turner

    07/10/2019 09:13 PM

    Anything to get Trump, or any of his associates, near and far, throwing in family members as well. Anything! I wonder when they will start going after Barron. Maybe they can find he was accused of cheating on a test in second grade. In all my 79 years, I have never seen anything like this. Good people are simply not going to want anything to do with politics.

  • Michael Galloway

    07/10/2019 08:17 PM

    I try to read most of your readers comments. I like to see what everyday Americans have to say. A common thread is the absolute frustration and anger that exist because of the lack of justice against those from the Obama era, the current crooks and Democrats involved in trying to keep the Obama agenda to destroy America going. And the other current thread is that of the frustration from conservative Americans disgusted with the Republicans. They mostly remain silent. If it were not for people like you (Gov. Huckabee) Hannity, Laura Ingrahm, Mark Levin and others in the conservative factual media, we wouldn't have any information that was factual and true. I hope and prayer that there are millions of Americans that actually see what is going on and will vow never again to vote Democrat. But it is going to take a lot more than just voting. We are up against the Democrats cheating during elections, the lying mainstream media and the left trying to destroy our President, our nation and our beloved way of life in what is still the best country in the world, despite its flaws, its still the best.

    On another completely different topic, one of your readers made a suggestion that there should be more patriotic music being played at President Trump campaign fund raisers and other events. I recently asked my 12 and 14 year old grandchildren if they liked patriotic music and their response was "not really". They paid little attention to the patriotic music at a local 4th of July celebration, though almost all of the rest of the hundreds of people loved the music and was inspired by it. We need more patriotic music no matter what the left hating anti-Americans may think or say. Time to restore even more patriotism and elevating America to make up for what the Democrats, Democrat presidential candidates and msm may say!!!

  • Elaine Herring

    07/10/2019 07:55 PM

    If ever a case were to be made for REPARATIONS, this is it.

  • Joanne Schmidt

    07/10/2019 07:28 PM

    We repeatedly watch shows like "Law & Order" where a suspect is told he can have a lawyer, and if he cannot afford one, one will be appointed for him. The idea is that all accused should have representation whether they can afford it or not. Apparently the spirit of the law is not observed when the accused is someone like Gen. Flynn, who must go broke to defend himself against the entire justice system, the news media and half the Congress. Talk about having cards stacked against him!!!

  • Firewagon

    07/10/2019 06:33 PM

    What is astounding to me is WHY 'both' Weissmann and Mueller are not doing prison time? They should NOT have been available to run this sham coup against President Trump. They both should be in prison for sending four 'innocent' men to prison, two of which died in there!

    Maybe it's just my Marine Corps upbringing, from the innocent age of 17(?); not exactly Christian like, however, were they after me like Gen Flynn, Stone, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, and others having to spend 10's of thousands of dollars on lawyers, and endure hours of questioning, simply from having an 'association' with candidate or President Trump, they would NOT need to execute a NO KNOCK invasion of my simple adobe, because I WOULD BE looking for THEM! I'm a firm believer in "Barn Burning." That concept is LONG overdue for that puzzle palace in DC!

  • John Dahlhauser

    07/10/2019 06:02 PM

    I cannot stand what they are and have done to this fine man and his family! It is disgusting and disgraceful. It makes my blood boil I served for 23 years. I did not serve my country to see the deep state and the demoncrat commie party (I did not misprint) destroy my country . Thank you for what you do by the way I am originally from Louisiana .

  • Marilee Lipinski

    07/10/2019 05:59 PM

    Michael Flynn - one of the greatest injustices from day one!

  • Tommie Houser

    07/10/2019 05:31 PM

    General Flynn , Rodger Stone And others have suffered greatly at the Hands of Corrupt ,” hate America”; Democrats and it sickens me that they always get Away with it. What is it with that.? Nothing is Learned from the Democrats attacks on Kavanaugh, Collusion and attempts to steal an election from legal Voters, Lies about deaths in Benghazi, Fast And Furious ?
    They can kill ,lie, obstruct, point fingers and stupidly, accuse Republicans of the evil that they (Themselves) , are actually guilty of and nothing’s done. Seems Republicans just roll over and take it ! Look at Antifa with masks on beating people to death and Republicans doing nothing about hate CRIMES like that and Jessie Smollett. IT Sickens Me ,for God’s Sakes. If we can’t muster ourselves to fight and to save America NOW, then it’s all over.
    Illegals before Americans! No fair elections , Two tier Justice Systems! Third
    World Country And State of Lawlessness. Congratulations Democrats for Fundamentally Transforming America into a Third World Country!!
    Drugs , Deaths and more lies by Democrats !

  • john C hashagen

    07/10/2019 04:51 PM

    Flynn needs to be released from his plea as they broke him as does the government in so very many cases and when money broke you lose even if you win because your broke.

  • Margaret B Sands

    07/10/2019 04:25 PM

    I agree. They should be sued for all he has gone through and pay him back all the money they made him spend plus interest and free him.

  • Olen L. Greer

    07/10/2019 03:53 PM

    Excellent article, Mike! I appreciate the manner in which you clarify issues and help make sense of this chaos. Gen. Flynn is a hero and those who are trying to force him to lie should be in jail.

  • Cathy Wentz

    07/10/2019 02:58 PM

    I hope that all the tricks used to prosecute and try to destroy this man and other President Trump associates are exposed and THOSE PEOPLE face prosecution. It truly is shameful and scary because it could happen to anyone on the wrong side of political correctness.

  • joseph orsini PhD

    07/10/2019 02:04 PM

    Reformation => 1776

    As you know, Christianity is under attack in the US [and worldwide], but I think the bulk of US Christians are not following the larger trends very closely.

    One way of addressing this problem is to have a "Bible study" type class that could be available to Protestant churches showing how the roots of the Reformation led to the roots of the 1776 revolution. It would be a Bible-history combination, with Biblical references to historical fact.
    Have you heard of any such program?
    Joe Orsini

  • Floyd Hale

    07/10/2019 01:57 PM

    I think it is atrous that any ine can use these tackiacs agains any one

  • Charlotte McCown

    07/10/2019 01:24 PM

    This is so disgraceful! Isn't there some way that Trump could pardon him? The DOJ just HAS to go after the previous unlawful actions of the FBI and DOJ (Obama's DOJ)! Are the Republicans so against Trump that they won't even start having their own "investigative hearings" on TV and subpoena these obvious criminals that did this to Trump, Flynn and all the others that Mueller went after in an illegal investigation (started because of an illegal FISA investigation?).

  • Linda Bartlett

    07/10/2019 01:19 PM

    Gov Huck-
    This is illegal treatment of a real American hero. Just plain SHAMEFUL, as are all the liars who keep pushing this 'insurance policy' that the cheaters Strozk and Page discussed in their texts. I truly hope Pres. Trump pardons everyone they tried to smear and lie about.
    I believe Obama and Hillary started it all; to get her in to save his pathetic legacy, and continue the march to socialism and communism. CREEPY CREEPY.
    The whole premise of the Mueller investigation was a SHAM from the get-go, and therefore any/all charges should immediately be dismissed.
    I'm most disturbed by Mueller sliding his lying crap over to the NY division, to further attack my President and his people. When will it stop?!
    Full research needs to be done ASAP on Mueller as well...shady dealings...uranium sample delivery to Russia for Hillary...
    Things that make me go...hmmmm

  • CURTIS NABORS

    07/10/2019 01:11 PM

    Great article Mike as always. Your last point was particularly powerful!