Friday, May 8, 2020

Russiagate - Flynn Free!

I suppose it's still up to Judge Sullivan, but what's he going to do, sentence a man the DOJ isn't willing to prosecute any more? Brooke Singman, Fox News, DOJ drops case against Michael Flynn, in wake of internal memo release 
The Justice Department on Thursday moved to drop its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, in a stunning development that comes after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s late 2017 guilty plea of lying to the FBI.

The announcement came in a court filing "after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information," as the department put it. DOJ officials said they concluded that Flynn's interview by the FBI was "untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn" and that the interview was "conducted without any legitimate investigative basis."
But this happened first, I think, Gregg Re at Fox Mueller prosecutor withdraws from Flynn case after questions surface concerning his compliance with court order. Either not pleased his life's planned finest moment was being dismissed, or getting getting his affairs in order before the ax falls, take your pick. He removed himself from other cases, but no word if he's actually resigned from DOJ, yet.

AP outlined the Democrat response,  Justice Department dropping Flynn’s Trump-Russia case
Thursday’s action was swiftly embraced by Trump, who has relentlessly tweeted about the “outrageous” case and last week pronounced Flynn “exonerated,” and it is likely to energize supporters of the president who have taken up the retired Army lieutenant general as a cause.

But it will also add to Democratic complaints that Attorney General William Barr is excessively loyal to the president and could be a distraction for a Justice Department that has sought to focus on crimes arising from the coronavirus.

“Attorney General Barr’s politicization of justice knows no bounds,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. She accused Barr’s department of “dropping the case to continue to cover up for the president.”
You can find similar sentiments at WaPoo (Flynn decision cheered by Trump and the right, as critics decry it as an attack on the rule of law and Justice Dept. moves to drop case against Michael Flynn )  and NYT (U.S. Drops Michael Flynn Case, in Move Backed by Trump) , of course. Sundance, James Comey Begs Remaining DOJ Resistance Operatives to Continue Efforts to Shield the “Small Group”… 

CNBC,  Prosecutor of ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn withdraws from case amid controversy over documents. Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media, Do Democrats Really Want to Celebrate the FBI's Heinous Abuses Against Mike Flynn?. Well, yes.

Around the right side of the blogosphere, Ace,  JUSTICE DROPS FLYNN CASE - Government Not Persuaded That Flynn Interview Was "Conducted With a Legitimate Investigative Basis", Capt. Ed, Hot Air, Breaking: DoJ Drops Flynn Prosecution; Update: Prosecutor Pulling Out Of All Remaining Cases? Althouse, who isn't a righty, but at least gives us a fair shake, “Justice Dept. Drops Case Against Michael Flynn.”, Sundance at CTH, DOJ Drops The Case Against Michael Flynn… and The DOJ -vs- FBI Blame Game Begins – DOJ Release Documents to Support Dropping Flynn Case…
The DOJ is releasing a series of additional documents to support their decision to drop the case against Lt. General Michael Flynn [download here]. Not coincidentally, at the same time these additional documents are being released, a fracture in the core group of coup plotters is surfacing. The bigger picture is now the former DOJ -vs- former FBI.

The dynamic of distinction is interesting to watch unfold. Prior DOJ officials pointing to corrupt decisions by prior FBI officials. This is the fracture that will bring down the fraud. This was always why we needed the declassification process. Things are happening fast.

Additionally, because the underlying Flynn evidence documents include portions of transcripts from questions put to the “small group”, Adam Schiff is now forced to release the transcripts. [file here] We’ll walk through this as it unfolds…. starting with McCabe.
Stacy McCain, Gen. Flynn Exonerated; Trump Blames Obama Administration: ‘Human Scum’. DISRN, Trump blasts Obama DOJ as "human scum" guilty of "treason" after Flynn case dropped

Vicky Taft, PJ Media, General Flynn Sends Powerful Message After the Big News About His Case and it Stars His Grandson
Sundance, President Trump Remarks on DOJ Decision to Drop Charges Against Lt. Gen. Flynn…

My thoughts, exactly. Sundance again, Flynn Attorney Sidney Powell Reacts to DOJ Dropping Case…

Roger Kimball at Spectator USA, Flynnocent: why the general has a long way to go before justice is served. He needs to be made whole financially.  Tom Fitton: Next step in justice is prosecution of Flynn’s persecutors

Which brings us to Matt Margolis, Gregg Re, Fox, Obama knew details of wiretapped Flynn phone calls, surprising top DOJ official in meeting with Biden, declassified docs show. Nick Arama, Red State, New Docs Tie Obama in to Effort Against Flynn, Biden Also in Room PJ Media, BOMBSHELL: Obama Knew of Flynn Wiretaps, Declassified Docs Show. Ace, Newly Released Documents: Obama Started the Flynn Frame Ball Rolling

But wait, that's not all, Capt. Ed, Fox: Schiff “In Panic Mode” Over Release Of Russia-Collusion Transcripts. Ace, Sources Say That Schiff Is In "Panic" As Grenell Threatens to Release the Transcripts He's Sitting On,
I think the "panic" idea goes like this: Schiff has claimed that he had "direct evidence," based on the transcripts, that Trump colluded with Russia.

But, per sources, all 53 of the people Schiff interviewed said they had no evidence of such collusion.

The release of the transcripts would prove Schiff a liar.

But here's the thing:

Doesn't everyone know that already? The media and the NeverTrump "conservatives" know he was lying. They've always known, or suspected, he was lying.

But they're unprincipled, deranged monsters who have recognized a new specie of lie called the "Noble Lie." You know, like Harry Reid lying about Mitt Romney not paying taxes for ten years.
Sundance, HPSCI and ODNI Release 53 Declassified Transcripts From ‘Russia-gate’ Witness Testimony… If you hate Rick Grenell if you're a homophobe.

It's not clear to me if this is the 53 interviews, or more, sundance,  Mission Possible – DNI Richard Grenell Delivers Satchel of Declassified Documents to AG Bill Barr – Possible Release Tomorrow…

Last, and still kind of related, Capt Ed reacts to the release of the 2nd scope memo: Rosenstein-Mueller Scope Memo: Probe Russia Collusion We Kinda Already Know Didn’t Exist
In retrospect, perhaps Rosenstein should have used that intervening time to narrow the scope rather than broaden it — or just dismiss Mueller altogether . . .
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