“I will only say this: I think that Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man, he had a wonderful career, and it was a disgrace what happened to General Flynn,” Trump said on Monday. “Let’s see what happens now, but what happened to Gen. Flynn should never happen again in our country. What happened to other people should never happen again in our country. What happened to your president of the United States should never again be allowed to happen.”
General Flynn and his family must be made whole. What Obama/Comey did to Flynn and his family is no different than what Hitler did. Obama’s administration has to be punished for what they did to people in this country. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Obama/Comey, et al, should be heavily fined and the money should come from their personal bank accounts – not the people’s tax money.
General Flynn is not the only person this has happened to. It is important to open this up to the public to explore how many citizens in the U.S. had this same thing happen to them – whereby the Obama administration took money and land and harassed them – during those eight years by accusing them of a crime where there was no crime. You would be surprised.
Judge orders Michael Flynn’s former attorneys to execute another search for documents after new trove discovered.
Washington Examiner logo Judge orders Michael Flynn’s former attorneys to execute another search for documents after new trove discovered
The federal judge presiding over retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn’s case issued a surprise order telling the former national security adviser’s previous attorneys to conduct another search of their entire case archive after it was revealed they failed to turn thousands of documents over to Flynn’s new defense team.
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The ruling by Judge Emmet Sullivan was made public Tuesday afternoon after Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony, Flynn’s former lawyers at the powerhouse firm Covington & Burling, claimed there were 6,800 records they had only just now unearthed and turned over to Flynn’s current defense team, which has been led by former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell since July 2019.
“It is FURTHER ORDERED that Covington & Burling LLP shall re-execute a search of every document and communication pertaining to the firm’s representation of Mr. Flynn,” stated Sullivan’s ruling, which appeared on the public docket. “It is FURTHER ORDERED that Covington & Burling LLP is FORTHWITH DIRECTED to produce to Mr. Flynn’s successor counsel all documents or communications concerning the firm’s representation of Mr. Flynn that were not previously transferred in the rolling productions. It is FURTHER ORDERED that Covington & Burling LLP shall file a notice of compliance with this Order by no later than 12:00 PM on May 4, 2020.”
Around the same time Tuesday afternoon, a seven-page filing from the Covington attorneys was unsealed, showing Kelner and Anthony had just transferred thousands of documents to Powell and Flynn’s new team that they had been sitting on for almost a year. Earlier in April, Covington admitted it failed to transfer a number of emails as well as two hand-written notes over to Powell, but on Tuesday this was just the tip of the iceberg.
“Covington has now re-executed the email collection and searches on the broader set of emails, correcting the error made as a result of the miscommunication. In so doing, we again used electronic search terms and manual reviews to target documents in the client file. This effort yielded an additional set of approximately 6,800 documents and emails (including attachments) that were not produced during the client file transfer in July 2019,” Kelner and Anthony said, adding, “These documents, comprising approximately 1% of the 669,800 total documents transferred in this case, were produced to successor counsel today.”
Flynn, 61, is fighting to dismiss the government’s case against him. He pleaded guilty in December 2017 for lying to investigators about his conversations with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak on sanctions on Russia and a United Nations resolution on Israel, but in January, he told the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., he was “innocent of this crime.” He filed to withdraw his guilty plea after the Justice Department asked the judge to sentence Flynn up to six months in prison, though afterward, the department said probation would also be appropriate. Powell is pressing for the dismissal of his case by arguing the FBI unfairly treated Flynn.
The Covington attorneys blamed “an unintentional miscommunication involving the firm’s information technology personnel” that had led them, in some instances, to run search terms on subsets of emails for a case involving Flynn’s former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian, for a related Foreign Agents Registration Act case, “rather than on the broader sets of emails that should have been searched.”
Powell, Flynn’s lead attorney who took over last year in the spin-off case from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, said new information provided by the Justice Department on Friday, which related to her client’s prior representation of more than two years, showed Flynn would be exonerated.
“The government produced to Mr. Flynn stunning Brady evidence that proves Mr. Flynn’s allegations of having been deliberately set up and framed by corrupt agents at the top of the FBI,” said Powell’s Friday filing on the public docket. “The government has deliberately suppressed this evidence from the inception of this prosecution — knowing there was no crime by Mr. Flynn.”
U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea enclosed a letter directly to Powell on Friday, providing Flynn’s legal team with an update on the work being carried out by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey Jensen, who was selected by Attorney General William Barr in January 2020 to conduct a review of the Flynn case.
“The review by USA EDMO has involved the analysis of reports related to the investigation along with communications and notes by Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel associated with the investigation,” Shea said. “The enclosed documents were obtained and analyzed by USA EDMO in March and April 2020 and are provided to you as a result of this ongoing review. Additional documents may be forthcoming.”
The documents Flynn’s team believe will be critical for his case were filed under seal, but Powell said they could be unveiled to the public in the next day or two.
Flynn’s defense lawyers also said Friday they “found further evidence of misconduct” by former Mueller prosecutor Brandon Van Grack, claiming he made “baseless threats” to indict Flynn. Flynn’s lawyers also claimed Van Grack put together a “side deal” not to prosecute Flynn’s son “as a material term of the plea agreement,” yet required the deal be kept secret “expressly to avoid the requirement” of Giglio v. United States, a Supreme Court case about the responsibilities of prosecutors when putting together plea deals.
“Since August 2016 at the latest, partisan FBI and DOJ leaders conspired to destroy Mr. Flynn,” Powell said, adding, “The government’s misconduct in this case is beyond shocking and reprehensible. It mandates dismissal.”
Former FBI Director James Comey admitted he took advantage of the chaos in the early days of the Trump administration when he sent special agent Peter Strzok and another FBI agent to talk to Flynn. Flynn agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s Russia investigation, admitting then reaffirming his guilt in 2017 and 2018. The defense team that negotiated the plea deal was fired and, since taking over last summer, Powell has argued, “there never would’ve been a plea, to begin with” if Flynn knew how much information the Justice Department was hiding from him.
The Justice Department called Flynn’s claims of innocence “an extraordinary reversal.” The agency insists it never concealed any exculpatory evidence from Flynn.
Powell’s filing Friday evening included two exhibits related to March 2018 communications from Flynn’s former legal team at Covington. The first was a redacted email from former Flynn lawyer Robert Kelner to another attorney on the case, Stephen Anthony, stating, “we have a lawyers’ unofficial understanding that they are unlikely to charge Junior [Mike Flynn’s son] in light of the Cooperation Agreement.” The second blacked out email from Anthony to Kelner said: “The only exception is the reference to Michael Jr. The government took pains to give a promise to MTF [Michael Flynn] regarding Michael Jr. so as to limit how much of a ‘benefit’ it would have to disclose as part of its Giglio disclosures to any defendant against who MTF may one day testify.”
In a filing earlier this year, Powell pointed to a section of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report that showed the intelligence briefing the FBI gave to then-candidate Donald Trump’s team in August 2016 during the presidential campaign was a “pretext” to gather evidence to help in the counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s campaign.
President Trump said in March he is considering a full pardon for Flynn.
Again, “I will only say this: I think that Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man, he had a wonderful career, and it was a disgrace what happened to General Flynn,” Trump said on Monday. “Let’s see what happens now, but what happened to Gen. Flynn should never happen again in our country. What happened to other people should never happen again in our country. What happened to your president of the United States should never again be allowed to happen.”
These people starting at the top of the government have to pay for what they did to this country – so that it doesn’t happen again. They have to go to prison. Our Constitution must be followed as Obama said, “BY THE BOOK.”