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Convicted Liar Michael Flynn Says Barack Obama Is Afraid Of Him

With his presidential pardon from Donald Trump in hand, disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is back on television, bragging and wanting us to believe his bullshit, even though he’s a self-confessed liar who admitted in open court that he broke the law.

Flynn appeared on the Fox News show “Justice With Judge Jeanine” Saturday evening, spewing more nonsense and suggesting that one day soon he’s going to tell his side of the Russia investigation that got him into legal trouble.

The former U.S. Army lieutenant general began by claiming that former President Barack Obama is afraid of him:

“I must have put the fear of god into Barack Obama and probably still do because of this four-year long saga that they put me, my family through, President Donald J. Trump and his family and frankly the entire country.”

According to Flynn, the real reason Obama fired him (as did Trump) had nothing to do with anything he did wrong. Obama, he maintained, was afraid he’d blow the whistle on the the Russia probe:

“When he chose me to be the national security advisor they knew that their little plan of spying on Donald Trump would fall apart and many other foreign policy blunders they got our country into, whether it was the Iran deal, issues going on in the Asian-pacific theater, trade, all sorts of issues that were in play that the last administration did to frankly run this country right into the ground.”

But what about Flynn’s acceptance of money from Russia and Turkey, both of which he neglected to disclose? And what about the fact that he lied directly to Vice President Mike Pence and was given the boot by Trump for that very act? As you’d expect, Flynn didn’t touch on those issues.

Flynn concluded that since Obama appointed him twice, that proves his word is more reliable than that of a former president who wasn’t cold-busted committing perjury:

“They knew those were the types of things I was aware of. Let’s face it. Barack Obama appointed me twice. I was Senate confirmed twice during the time I was in the military. So it’s amazing that would be what he would focus on during the transition for the United States of America. It’s outrageous, actually.”

What’s outrageous is that Michael Flynn expects anyone in the world to believe him when he’s repeatedly proven that the only thing he excels at is lying. No wonder Trump is so fond of Flynn: Neither one one of them has an ounce of honesty or truth in them.

 

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Bill Barr’s Plan To Deliver An October Surprise And Get Trump Reelected Just Came Crashing Down

Attorney General William Barr was convinced he could deliver one hell of an “October surprise” that would not only discredit the Russia investigation but also help his boss get another term in office.

But what transpired Friday afternoon proves that Barr and Trump’s plans are now in tatters, and the president is more vulnerable than ever before.


Nora Dannehy, a federal prosecutor and top aide to U.S. Attorney John Durhman, who is conducting an investigation of possible wrongdoing in the Russia probe led by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, resigned abruptly this afternoon, and The Hartford Courant explains why she decided to leave:

“Federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy, a top aide to U.S. Attorney John H. Durham in his Russia investigation, has quietly resigned – at least partly out of concern that the investigative team is being pressed for political reasons to produce a report before its work is done, colleagues said.

“Durham recruited Dannehy to join his team after he was appointed by Attorney General William Barr more than a year and a half ago to examine the the FBI’s legal justification for a disputed counterintelligence investigation that looked for ties between President Donald J. Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian efforts to meddle in the election.”


Who would be pressing for a report ASAP? Barr, of course. After all, he’s the one who appointed Durham and gave him his marching orders to find something that could be used to boost Trump in the closing days of the 2020 election.

It didn’t take long before legal experts began weighing in on the latest developments in the Durham probe, and they also agreed Dannehy’s sudden resignation is proof the Durham probe is purely political:

Oh, and one other thing to keep in mind: Now that Dannehy has resigned, she can testify before Congress and will likely be called by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees to do exactly that.

Everything is falling apart for Trump and his ladpdog attorney general.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Charges Will Not Be Dropped Against Flynn For His Russia Crimes

By an overwhelming 8-2 vote, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. ruled Monday that criminal charges against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn will not be dismissed, as had been requested by Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department.


NBC News reports:

“A federal appeals court Monday rejected an effort by former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn to have his criminal case thrown out immediately.

By a vote of 8-2, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected Flynn’s motion for an order that would have directed the judge who handled the case to dismiss it. That sort of extraordinary order is available only when there’s no other option, the court said.”


Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI under oath on two occasions about conversations he had in 2017 with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak regarding the possibility of easing U.S. sanctions on the Kremlin.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that the charges against Flynn should be dropped, even though he admitted to having broken federal law. But it wasn’t until this year that his handpicked toady at the DOJ was in a position to make that a reality.


Trump could still pardon Flynn, but that would carry a political price and send the message that lying to federal agents is acceptable as long as such an offense is committed on behalf of Trump or his associates.

With the ruling from the appellate court, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan will now decide whether or not he will agree to drop the charges against Flynn. In the past, Sullivan has made it clear that he believes Flynn committed a serious offense against the United States, telling him in 2018:

“I am not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense.

“Arguably, you sold your country out.”

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Previously Hidden Portions Of The Mueller Report Suggest Trump Committed Perjury

Previously redacted portions of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Attorney General William Barr had hoped to keep hidden until after the November election have been released as the result of a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit, and they show that President Donald Trump likely lied under oath in the written responses he gave to questions from Mueller.


CNN and The Hill both report that the sections involve Trump’s responses to questions about WikiLeaks and longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, and Mueller himself suggested that the president had misled investigators:

“According to the report, Trump had said he did not remember talking with Stone about WikiLeaks. But Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, had separately recounted to Mueller that he ‘recalled a conversation in which Roger Stone told Trump that WikiLeaks planned to release information soon [and] Trump had asked him [Cohen] to stay in touch with Stone about WikiLeaks.'”


While the Special Counsel noted in his final report that Trump simply could have forgotten about contacts he had with Stone regarding WikiLeaks and the release of information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton, he could also have tried to hide his knowledge because he knew it gave the appearance that he was part of the larger conspiracy:

“The President’s conduct could also be viewed as reflecting his awareness that Stone could provide evidence that would run counter to the President’s denials and would link the President to Stone’s efforts to reach out to WikiLeaks.”


Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the newly unredacted portions of Mueller’s report make it clear that Barr and the White House wanted the revelations to remain hidden because they do incriminate the president and attorney general:

Why didn’t Mueller charge Trump with perjury? Because he was prohibited from doing so by a Department of Justice memo which states a sitting president cannot be indicted or charged with a crime. But the second Trump is out of office, any U.S. Attorney or a new attorney general can bring that and other charges against Trump. So while the president may have managed to avoid criminal charges so far, all he’s really done is kick the can down the road.

As many have suspected, Barr and Trump knew that if the full report from Special Counsel Mueller was made public, it would probably have destroyed Trump and led to more articles of impeachment being drawn up against him.

But the law isn’t finished with Donald Trump or William Barr. And karma will eventually come back visit them both.

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New Court Filing By Attorney For Michael Flynn Likely To Backfire Badly On The Convicted Liar

An attorney representing former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn made a filing in a federal appeals court on Tuesday that appears likely to do more harm than good, even leading to the imprisonment of the retired Army lieutenant general.


According to Law and Crime, attorney Sidney Powell has requested that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit bypass U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan and force Sullivan to dismiss all charges against Flynn, as the Justice Department has recommended:

“Powell also sought various other forms of relief in the 44-page filing that attempts to make the case for a modern times miscarriage of justice directed by the highest levels of the national security state.”

That line alone is sure to anger Judge Sullivan, who has already chastised Flynn in open court, telling him:

“I am not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense.

“Arguably, you sold your country out.”


Ironically, by filing with the D.C. appellate court, Powell has probably made matters much worse for Flynn and strengthened the hand of Judge Powell, who will make the final decision on whether or not Flynn is sent to prison, national security attorney Bradley P. Moss noted:

“This is a risky move by Flynn’s legal team, as it was likely Judge Sullivan was going to ultimately still sign off on the dismissal. Now, however, they risk a conservative D.C. Circuit upholding Sullivan’s discretionary authority to impose a punishment on his own. If that happens, all bets are off.”


The appeals court is very unlikely to give Flynn and his legal team what they want, and that’s bad news for Flynn as the case moves forward, former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah remarked:

“The idea that Flynn wants to stop the judge from doing exactly what a judge is supposed to do shows that they know just how frivolous their position is.”

Additionally, there are no guarantees that Flynn can count on a presidential pardon from Donald Trump. The closer it gets to the November election, any pardon Trump issues carries a heavy political price and could wind up resulting in key voting blocs casting their ballots for Joe Biden.

No matter what happens, it would appear that Michael Flynn should have found a better attorney a long time ago.