After complaints that the Obama administration was not doing enough to combat the terrorist group ISIS, Flynn was removed as DIA Director. Even since his removal, President Obama has made no secret of his disdain for General Flynn.
After starting a consulting career, Flynn became an advisor to the Trump campaign in 2016. After earning Donald Trump’s trust, he was appointed to be National Security Adviser after the President was elected in November of 2016.
During the transition period, Flynn had conversations with a variety of foreign leaders, including Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. These conversations were perfectly normal for any incoming National Security Adviser.
However, Flynn was already under investigation by the Obama administration for his supposedly improper ties to Russia. His conversation was recorded by U.S. intelligence agencies, and Flynn’s name was subsequently unmasked to the media. This unmasking was a federal crime, although the culprit has never been revealed or prosecuted.
During the initial days of the administration, then FBI Director James Comey set up Flynn by sending over agents to interview him. Flynn was not given a warning that it was a crime to lie to the FBI. He also did not have a lawyer present during the interview. The meeting was done is a way for Flynn to be relaxed and thinking it was a casual conversation among friends.
Initially, Comey believed the comments did not constitute a crime, but the case was continued. Eventually, General Flynn and Special Counsel Robert Mueller agreed to a plea deal in which he was charged with “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI.
Flynn made this deal because prosecutors were threatening to charge his son with a crime. The sentencing for Flynn was postponed several times and eventually, he withdrew his guilty plea. Then, the Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss the charges against Flynn because the prosecution had acted in “bad faith.”
Unfortunately, Judge Emmett Sullivan, who presided over the case, did not allow the case against Flynn to be dropped. He ordered “friend of the court” amicus briefs to present arguments against the government’s decision to drop the case. In the meantime, Sidney Powell, attorney for General Flynn, filed an emergency petition for a writ of mandamus with the United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. It asked the Appeals Court to order Sullivan to dismiss the case. In a 2-1 decision, the Appeals Court ruled that the Judge must grant the government’s motion to dismiss.
Again, Judge Sullivan refused to comply. In the latest development, he is ignoring the decision from the higher court and asking the entire Appeals Court to review the case. This “en banc” request is highly unusual, but typical of the type of treatment that Flynn has received.
Sadly, it seems that Judge Sullivan is intent on punishing Flynn. He should not be acting as both judge and prosecutor. Hopefully, Flynn will eventually be exonerated, and the American people will be able to hear his entire story.
Flynn was never a Russian agent. His conversations with the Russian ambassador were perfectly normal for an incoming National Security Adviser. Even corrupt FBI Director James Comey did not find anything troubling in Flynn’s conversation.
While Flynn and other Trump associates have been treated miserably, nothing has happened to the FBI agents and Obama officials who spearheaded the attempted coup. Nothing has happened to Hillary Clinton after she sent classified and top-secret emails from an unsecured private computer.
The latest report is that the investigation by Justice Department prosecutor John Durham into the origins of the “Russian collusion” myth may be postponed until after the election. Reports are that Durham does not want his work to be viewed as “political” and that he will “punt” it until after the November election.
If Durham waits that long, he may as well end his investigation now. If Biden wins, none of Durham’s recommendations will ever be implemented. There is one chance for justice and that is for this investigation to come to a swift conclusion and that the entire findings be released so the American people can know the extent of the fraudulent witch hunt that ensnared General Flynn and others associated with President Trump.
The truth should have a major impact on the election, but, unfortunately, it has proven to be exceedingly difficult for accurate information to be revealed to the public. The forces pushing for a cover-up are immensely powerful and it will take courageous individuals to act and finally demand that justice be done.
Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]