Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn – appeals court should grant these two requests on case, judge

Hans von Spakovsky, Fox News

Powell summarizes Sullivan’s errant behavior by using Chief Justice John Roberts’ well-known baseball analogy: "This is an umpire who has decided to steal public attention from the players and focus it on himself. He wants to pitch, bat, run bases and play shortstop. In truth, he is way out in left field.” Powell not only asks the Court of Appeals to order Sullivan to dismiss the prosecution, but she also asks the court to assign another judge to the case for any final proceedings. The interests of fundamental fairness and the objective, nonpartisan administration of justice favor granting both of those requests.

In Praise Of Catherine Herridge

Where were the opposing voices in the breathless CBS News “reporting” on the Russiagate hoax? Nowhere to be found of course, because the totally false Trump – Russian collusion was the narrative that Democrats and their Deep State allies wanted to establish as the “truth.” In our view busting that narrative was Catherine Herridge’s real sin in the eyes of her liberal media colleagues at CBS and elsewhere.

Get ready for ‘Obamagate’ to become ‘ObamaBidengate’

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The 2020 race doesn’t lack for the sharp contrasts that usually decide elections. Trump’s personality and policies are one set, his response to the pandemic and the economic fallout another. But the world’s greatest counterpuncher won’t play defense only and the entry of the Russia-Flynn scandal into the mix gives the president a big new hammer. Count on him to use it. Biden can’t have it both ways. Either he was a fully involved VP, or he was mere standby equipment. And if he was the former, as both he and Obama have repeatedly insisted, then he must answer for one of the dirtiest scandals in American history.

Barack Obama: The creeper hanging around the arson fires

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

From the earliest days, President Barack Obama has shown a curious — and unseemly — obsession with the case of Gen. Michael Flynn. The whole saga began six years ago when Mr. Obama fired the retired three-star general from his post as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Gen. Flynn’s firing raises a host of troubling new questions. Indeed, there is a reason why it is always the creeper hanging around all the suspicious fires who becomes the prime suspect. Or, as the say along the swampy environs of the Potomac, “It’s not the crime. It’s the coverup.” So, Barack Obama … what did you know and when did you know it?

What we still don't know about the Michael Flynn case

Byron York, Washington Examiner

The public needs to know more details about the way the FBI handled the politically sensitive case. And even more specifically, how do we know what Flynn said in that interview on Jan. 24? Is it any wonder why Republicans have had questions about the Flynn prosecution? Now, it appears to have come to nothing with the Justice Department's move to drop the case against Flynn. But even if Judge Emmet Sullivan, as expected, dismisses the charges, there are still things, important things, the public needs to know about the case — like what, precisely, was said during that fateful interview at the White House on Jan. 24, 2017?

Michael Flynn's exoneration and fighting the 'deep state'

Cal Thomas, Washington Times

While this might be the end of Flynn’s persecution, there is more to come.  John Durham, the federal prosecutor picked by Mr. Barr to lead an investigation into the actions by law enforcement and the intelligence community into Russian interference in American politics, has yet to release his findings, along with possible indictments. Iowa GOP Sen. Charles Grassley said on Fox News last week he expects Mr. Durham’s report in “two to three months.” One can only hope that this outrageous conspiracy will be fully exposed and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice, but the cynic in me is not betting on it.

We're Winning

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

When Trump came in, he had no Rolodex of experienced executive hands to both protect him and to crush his enemies. We saw how that inexperience hurt him early on as the libs exploited it. Exhibit A is how LTG Flynn trusted the FBI bureaucracy. Trump is now surrounded by ruthless and seasoned D.C. operators who know how to play the game. The Dems and their garbage media serfs’ edge early on was that they were up against novices. No more. One need only watch how Kayleigh McEnany imposed her iron discipline upon that pipsqueak reporter then cruised off the podium, leaving him sobbing like the pathetic loser he is.

Piecing together the ‘phony’ case against Michael Flynn

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Rep. Adam Schiff didn’t want the public to realize that top members of the Obama administration had blown the collusion narrative to smithereens. One after another, James Clapper, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates and others said some version of “I know of no evidence linking the Trump campaign to Russia.” This was terrible news for Schiff, who released the documents only because the White House threatened to if he didn’t. Schiff, recall, relentlessly insisted he had seen lots of collusion evidence. Maybe he needs an eye test. Clearly, there is no such evidence because there was no collusion.

What did Joe Biden know about Michael Flynn?

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Republicans, as they tried to figure out what steps the intelligence and law enforcement agencies took against incoming President Trump, have always wondered what Obama knew about it. But now, it just so happens that another person who was in the room -- the Oval Office -- is running for president. So it seems reasonable to ask what Joe Biden knew about the intelligence and law enforcement efforts against the Trump team. Trump campaign spokesman Matt Wolking said, "The corrupt media will do its best to cover up this scandal and protect him, but Americans deserve to know: What did Joe Biden know and when did he know it?"

America Doesn’t Have A Justice System Anymore

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

It’s more than just galling. A free society cannot exist like this long and remain a free society. These people, who we trusted with the most solemn of duties, betrayed their oaths and betrayed us for grubby political advantage. This was not done for some higher purpose. They are worse than the gangsters the FBI became famous chasing. These disgraces, who frame political opponents, pretended to be public servants upholding their oaths while their criminal treachery served only their cheesy ambition. At least Willie Sutton was honest enough to admit (perhaps apocryphally) that he robbed banks because “That’s where the money is.”

Why Michael Flynn Was Set Up

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

Bringing down Flynn was a two-for, striking a blow at the new president while hopefully helping preserve Barack Obama's Iran Deal. The second part didn’t work, but the first did… for a while. It’s therefore not totally surprising that the newly-revealed documents have “SCO “ (Special Counsels Office) scrawled on them, among other incriminating notes. That means these statements exculpating Trump’s newly-appointed National Security Adviser went to Mueller’s office where someone (Mueller? Weissman?) ignored them and continued with what Trump has colloquially, and I think too loosely, branded a “hoax.” It was far more than that.

The dishonest pursuit of Michael Flynn

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Today, more than two years since a federal judge ordered the government to hand over evidence that might exonerate Gen. Michael Flynn, do we finally see just how dishonest and conniving federal investigators were in pursuing him. These goons, you see, were not after justice or the truth or enforcing laws enacted to protect national security. They were entirely focused on punishing a political enemy. Why waste time with all the hurdles and loopholes of a legal prosecution when you can punish the man by getting him fired and leaving him financially destitute? Oh, and screw his silly military service. That holds no currency in this town.

The Myth of Inspector General Reports

The DOJ's investigating itself is unprecedented in law enforcement. Have you ever heard of people committing a crime investigating themselves. That is, in fact, the point. We have been flooded with many IG reports, and yet none of the time and money wasted on these friendly lengthy investigations has produced a single indictment, and why is anybody surprised?

The Law Flynn ‘Violated’ Should Be Repealed

David Catron, The American Spectator

Most Americans believe that, to be convicted of perjury, one must lie under oath in some legal proceeding. But the Federal False Statements Act (18 U.S.C. § 1001), passed in the 19th century to punish con artists for presenting fraudulent invoices to the government, is now being selectively deployed by corrupt federal officials to entrap anyone who — under oath or not — makes some inaccurate statement to a government official. Is this law worth the human cost — it has ruined Flynn — and the price paid by the taxpayers to persecute American citizens? Nope. It’s time to repeal this relic.

Mueller’s Gift to Obama

Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal

Mr. Flynn’s being caught up in the probe is related to a glaring potential crime of disclosing classified material, yet Mr. Mueller appears to have undertaken no investigation of that. Is this selective justice, or something worse? Don’t forget Mr. Mueller stacked his team with Democrats, some of whom worked at the highest levels of the Obama administration, including at the time of the possible Flynn unmasking and the first leak.

Trump’s National Security Strategy: A Welcome Break From Obama And Bush

Neocons, the congressional war party, and the military – industrial complex will no doubt be ready to criticize President Trump’s national security strategy as a retreat from America’s role in the world – but nothing could be further from the truth.

Is Michael Flynn’s Defection a Death Blow?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

As last Friday’s sudden 300-point drop in the Dow reveals, if Trump’s enemies bring him down, they will almost surely crash the markets and abort the recovery that took hold in his first year. And if the establishment, repudiated by Trump’s victory, thinks they will be restored to the nation’s good graces if they destroy Trump, they are whistling past the graveyard.

Flynn just the latest juicy kill in Swampdom

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

As always with these political witch hunts, Flynn is not pleading guilty to any crime that is a result of the Trump campaign or the Trump administration or anything involving President Trump. Flynn is pleading guilty to a crime that is the result of nothing other than Mr. Mueller’s investigation. Lying to the FBI. The only reason Flynn was talking to the FBI in the first place, is this bogus investigation into Democratic hallucinations about the Trump campaign “colluding” with Russia.

Mueller Investigation: Politics, Not Law Enforcement or Counterintelligence

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Mueller’s investigation is a semblance of law-enforcement disguising the brute reality that Trump is being punished for winning the election and defying Obama policy. If that is the way the game is going to be played, if the purpose of a special-counsel “collusion” investigation is to humiliate the opposition party by exposing its wayward foreign-policy objectives and unsavory horse-trading, then let’s investigate Obama and Iran.

Trump's Right — the FBI Is in Tatters

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

The FBI seems suddenly concerned with leakers when it affects them. Well, that's only a part of the story -- but a significant part. Like most bureaucratic organizations, whether in law enforcement or not, as they grow self-preservation increasingly becomes the dominant motivation. In the case of the FBI, it's self-preservation leavened with a significant dollop of political bias, conscious and unconscious.