Michael Flynn was President Trump’s National Security Advisor when he took office. Like all his predecessors, after Trump was elected – but before he took office – Flynn talked with his Russian counterpart. But the FBI was trying to gin up a phony Russian collusion charge against the President – so they invented a pretext to interview him and try and get him to contradict something he said before. That’s called a perjury trap. Then it’s used to get someone to cooperate against the REAL target – in this case President Trump. So the FBI got Flynn to contradict himself and eventually forced him to plead guilty to lying to the FBI. Ah, but it gets worse.
This all stemmed from a meeting the FBI had with the General in January 2017. It was former “Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who personally called Mr. Flynn on other business, then suggested he sit down with two agents to clear up the Russia question. Mr. McCabe urged Mr. Flynn to conduct the interview with no lawyer present—to make things easier.” The Wall Street Journal went on. “The agents (including the infamous Peter Strzok) showed up within two hours. They had already decided not to inform Mr. Flynn that they had transcripts of his conversations or give him the standard warning against lying to the FBI. They wanted him “relaxed” and “unguarded.” Former Director James Comey this weekend bragged on MSNBC that he would never have “gotten away” with such a move in a more “organized” administration.”[i] (Ironically, the agents who spoke to Flynn did not think he was lying about his conversations with the Russian Ambassador.)[ii] Now Judge Sullivan, who is overseeing the sentencing in the case, ordered Mueller to turn over all government documents related to Flynn’s questioning, some of which are known to be highly irregular. The 302s, the FBI’s record of the interviews, were produced 7 months after the interview.[iii] Judge Sullivan has had contact with the Mueller / Comey team before. Members of the prosecutorial team had been involved in the case of Senator Ted Stevens – which was overseen by then FBI chief Robert Mueller. In that case, Sullivan excoriated prosecutors for withholding exculpatory evidence from Stevens’ lawyers and even suborning testimony, when they got the chief witness to lie.[iv] Some things don’t change.
[i] Kimberly A Strassel, Checking Robert Mueller, The Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2018
[ii] Kimberly A Strassel, Kimberley Strassel: Mueller may have Trump in his sights but he’s been very good to Obama and his team,
FOX News / Wall Street Journal, December 7, 2018
[iii] Judge in Flynn case orders Mueller to turn over interview docs after bombshell claim of FBI pressure, FOX News, December 13, 2018
[iv] Neil A Lewis, Tables Turned on Prosecution in Stevens Case, New York Times, April 7, 2009