Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Russiagate, Focusing on Flynn

We seem to be talking a lot about Gen. Michael Flynn these days. I hope for his sakes this is favorably resolved this week. But, of course, everything takes longer than it should. Even Althouse has noticed, "New documents suggest that Flynn ‘was set up by corrupt agents’ who threatened Flynn’s son and made a secret deal with Flynn’s attorneys.", with Andy McCarthy's NR article I posted yesterday. The fun is in the comments. Capt. Ed at Hot Air wonders Does A New Court Filing Point To Michael Flynn’s Exoneration — And Prosecutorial Misconduct By Mueller’s Office?. At Red State Liz Vaugh emphasizes Gen. Flynn’s Attorney: Plea Was Coerced by a Threat to Indict His Son. Technically not illegal, they threatened to charge his son with a violation of FARA, which normally receives a warning to register.

And new shit has surfaced, Surprise discovery in Flynn case: former lawyers find evidence they failed to produce, from John Solomon at HTN, Surprise discovery in Flynn case: former lawyers find evidence they failed to produce. Funny that Eric Holder's Law firm is involved, and seems to have withheld documents from the defense.
Just days after the FBI belatedly produced possible evidence of innocence to Flynn's new legal team led by Attorney Sidney Powell, his old law firm on Tuesday informed the judge it had located 6,800 documents that it failed to turn over as required by a court order in 2019.

Covington & Burling LLP told the court its search team failed to search all of the law firm's records and missed the documents, mostly emails. The documents were produced to Powell on Tuesday.

"Covington determined that an unintentional miscommunication involving the firm’s information technology personnel had led them, in some instances, to run search terms onsubsets of emails ... rather than on the broader sets of emails that should have been searched," Flynn's former attorney Robert Kelner told the court in a motion.

"We now have performed another search, using search terms and manual reviews, on a broader universe of material to correct the earlier error and to transfer additional documents that are part of the client file," Kelner wrote, saying his firm was willing to assist Powell on any other matters and to address any questions the judge may have about the oversight.
Yea sure, blame the IT guy. Sundance at CTH,  Former Flynn Counsel Finds 6,800 New Pages of Evidence Not Turned Over – Judge Sullivan is Not Amused…
Interesting timing all things considered…. Michael Flynn removed and replaced his prior legal defense counsel, Covington & Burling, after asserting their ineffective and legally conflicted representation. [NOTE: former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is a partner at Covington & Burling.] As a result of Sidney Powell taking over the Flynn defense, his prior counsel was supposed to turn over all client materials and evidence in the case.

After some recent jaw-dropping revelations in the case; which may include evidence highlighting how the FBI participated in framing Michael Flynn; and certainly contains evidence of an unethical prosecutorial agreement with the former defense counsel, to coerce a guilty plea by threatening to arrest Michael Flynn Jr; suddenly today Covington & Burling discover an additional 6,800 pages of evidence they conspicuously omitted.

The timing is very sketchy and Judge Sullivan does not appear amused. After receiving the supplemental notice of case material transfer (full pdf below) Judge Sullivan issues an order to the Covington law firm to re-re-review all of their case files and file a notice of compliance by Monday May 4th.
Was his former counsel merely ineffective, or actually working for the other team? Hmm. Also,
Lou Dobbs Interviews Sidney Powell: The Deep State and the Future of General Flynn…

From Chrissy Clarke at Da Fed, Grassley Demands DOJ Release All Exculpatory Information On Michael Flynn. Well, it is his legal right, after all. The fact that they've been playing games with it all along shows it's not a good faith prosecution.

Sara Carter reports Stone Says Special Counsel Recommended ‘no jail time’ If He Turned On Trump. He Refused To Lie.. I believe him. That's been their pattern all along.
“On July 24th, 2019, the Mueller prosecutors offered my lawyers a deal,” said Stone. “If Stone will fess up, if he will re-characterize thirty phone conversations between myself and candidate Trump, which they had phone records of, but no tapes of. If I would correctly remember the way they wanted me to, they would recommend no jail time for me and I refused. That’s what this whole atrocity has been about.”

Ace, Christopher Steele Had Undisclosed Meetings With Clinton and DNC Lawyers, Who Were His "Sources" For the Deranged Alfa Bank Claims
So some of his sources were also his clients paying him.

This gets better and better.

Let me guess: The original "sources" for this claim was Sydney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, right?
So, basically they told him the story to write up and paid him for it, so it wouldn't appear to be out and out lies from the opposition. The Fusion GPS business model. John Solomon at JTN again, Steele reveals he believes Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice knew about his anti-Trump research and deny it. Of course they did; Hillary is supreme micromanager, and Susan Rice is a well known public liar.

Greg Jarrett, Sen. Graham Releases Papadopoulos FBI Transcript; No Collusion, but we knew that.
What did Papadopoulos say? In the 90-page transcript released by Graham on Monday, the reader gets to listen to three men mostly talk about hot women. Papadopoulos, the confidential human source (CHS), and a third male, First Name Known Omar (FNKO) grab a bite to eat and some drinks. The men talk about cars, their girlfriends, their friends’ former girlfriends, their type of women, and all the things you would never expect to be part of an FBI investigation which was then used in an attempt to show the President of the United States colluded with the Russian government in an election. It’s just outrageously far-fetched.

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the only discussions of anything remotely political were that Papadopoulos formerly worked for Ben Carson’s campaign, then worked for Trump, and made great contacts. He did mention that he had once arranged for a meeting with President Trump and the Egyptian President el-Sisi and that he thought Edward Snowden “did a good job.” References to Russia were even fewer; he had a “friend Sergey” in Brooklyn, and he wanted to visit Russia in the summertime. Oh yeah, and they also discussed what colognes they like, which ethnicities of women they have dated, and that they’d “jump” their waitress.

It definitely sounds like some top-level national security issues. Thank goodness for the FBI’s meticulous, covert operations at the taxpayer’s expense.
Dan Chaitin at WaEx, Trump adds pressure on Adam Schiff to release Russia investigation witness transcripts
0Censor News, A.G. Barr’s Problem - Bring Charges, Tear Down This Government as We Know IT, Or Give A Pass. I've had similar thoughts.
To state it simply, what we have here is evidence that Flynn was set up, there is a wealth of information that will undo any prosecution the government has brought against him, he was set up by deep state players within the government.

What is more, we see a pervasiveness of corruption within the upper ranks of both the FBI and the Justice Department. It is so deep; if these people are brought up on charges we could see both institutions collapse, the crimes are so extensive, it is not sure Americans will allow them to survive such a scandal. This leaves A.G. Barr in a tight place if he acts, chaos, if not, you encourage this to continue.

President Trump is livid, and rightfully so, he now is talking about giving a pardon to General Flynn to undo this travesty of justice:
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As this blows open, the FBI and Justice Department will not be the only institutions touched, possibly left in ruins by this investigation. We heard the fits the press was throwing over Barr asking foreign intelligence services to aid in uncovering the corruption within our own, the silence of this investigation after the initial outrage tells us it is more advanced than thought.

The problem facing A.G. Barr, along with President Trump now, is if they do go after this and quickly root out all the players, we will lose much of what makes the FBI, Justice Department, the CIA, NSA, and others, thus leaving our nation in a vulnerable position.
Sometimes you have to cut out the cancer to save the patient. Sometimes it's too late.

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