On Thursday the U.S. Department of Justice dropped the case against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. As Fox News reports, the announcement came “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.”
The new information included handwritten notes from FBI agents reading: “What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” Agents also thought Flynn had done nothing wrong but FBI counterintelligence boss Peter Strzok kept the “Crossfire Razor” case open. When FBI agents threatened Flynn’s son with prosecution, the general pled guilty to lying. That forced him to lawyer up and in short order Flynn’s life and reputation fell into ruin. That was doubtless part of the FBI’s intention.
The case should have been dropped months ago, Sen. Charles Grassley told reporters Thursday. According to Grassley, the National Security Advisor planned major changes in the intelligence community, which sought to take him down. On the other hand, as Andrew McCarthy explains, the real quarry was Trump, target of the “Crossfire Hurricane” operation to remove him from office.
The object of the previous administration was to continue the Russia collusion investigation, even after Trump took office, with the president as the target. This mean tasking the FBI to keep digging until it found a crime or impeachable offense, but there was a problem. The FBI needed to sustain an investigation when the president had the power to shut it down. The fullness of the investigation needed to be concealed, and “that is why Flynn had to go.”
Robert Mueller and his squad of partisan Democrats turned up no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. Even so, the case against Flynn, dragged on and Flynn was looking at serious prison time, until today. The Lt. General, a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, tweeted a video of his son grandson reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, with the message “Justice for all.” Predictably, prominent Democrats didn’t think so.
According to House Judiciary Committee boss Jerrold Nadler, the case against Flynn was “overwhelming” and “a politicized and thoroughly corrupt Department of Justice is going to let the President’s crony simply walk away.” As Nadler put it, “We are not supposed to get special treatment because we are friends with the President or refused to cooperate with federal investigators on his behalf. The integrity of our criminal justice system is at stake, and the American people deserve answers” and Nadler will ask the DOJ Inspector General to look into the matter.
“Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his illicit Russian contacts,” tweeted House Intelligence Committee boss Adam Schiff. “His lies do not now become truths. This dismissal does not exonerate him. But it does incriminate Bill Barr.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren charged that Barr’s “political influence is blatantly corrupt and he should resign. Sen Kamala Harris, said likewise and called Barr’s actions “the president’s personal biddings.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Attorney General Barr “the poster child of Trump’s complete contempt for legal norms.”
Sen. Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, falsely claimed to have served in Vietnam. For his part, Rep, Adam Schiff repeatedly claimed to have “direct evidence” of Trump-Russia collusion but failed to produce it even after the marathon Mueller inquisition found none. Mueller said his investigation not exonerate Trump but that is not the business of prosecutors. So Schiff’s claim that Gen. Flynn is not exonerated is equally meaningless, and as it happens, the intel committee boss and his coup clan have troubles of their own.
When Russia collusion went bust, the Democrats and their deep state allies ginned up the Ukraine hoax. That led to the impeachment inquiry, which also failed to remove President Trump from office. New information is now emerging from the intelligence community, and so far it doesn’t look favorable for the Democrats.
On May 4, acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell informed Congress that some 53 transcripts of interviews were declassified, redacted and ready for release. These include interviews with former DNI James Clapper, Loretta Lynch, Samantha Power, Andrew McCabe, Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, and John Podesta. As Fox News reports, none of the 53 witnesses could provide evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia.
Adam Schiff sought to block release of the transcripts but will now have to face the music. Schiff was a key player in the deep state campaign against candidate and President Trump. In the style of the KGB, the upper reaches of the DOJ and FBI created a crime against an innocent man with a record of distinguished service to his country.
Flynn must now rebuild his broken life and restore his reputation. If he sought serious payback through the courts it would be hard to blame him. Meanwhile, more shoes are bound to fall, Sen. Grassley said Thursday, and the people might even expect some prosecutions. As President Trump says, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.