I just received a $500 fine for violating social distancing guidelines in my neighborhood. When I heard the latest news, I painted my face blue and ran down the sidewalk yelling, “Freeeedoooom!” a la Mel Gibson in Braveheart.
That’s okay, though. I know just the team of defense attorneys to represent me in court: Gen. Mike Flynn’s lawyers. We know that they’re not busy right now, because the Department of Justice has dropped its entire case against Flynn.
This is the part of the movie where former CIA Director John Brennan should lock himself in his private study and then the audience hears the sound of a single gunshot piercing the night air.
This is truly amazing. We knew that something was afoot early Thursday morning when the prosecutor from Robert Mueller’s professional witch hunting team abruptly resigned. I guess that Brandon Van Grack thinks he didn’t technically “lose” the case against Flynn if he quits his job before the game is over.
Van Grack didn’t offer any explanation as to why he suddenly resigned from one of the most high-profile federal cases in America. But we can guess.
Just last week, Attorney General Bill Barr compelled the court to finally release the FBI notes that fully exonerated Mike Flynn. Those included hand-written notes from the highest echelons of the FBI, which discussed tricking Flynn into lying in order to get him fired or prosecuted.
Flynn, you’ll remember, was the only incoming member of the Trump administration in 2017 who had both experience in and access to intelligence operations. Flynn would have discovered all of the Russian collusion shenanigans that the Obama administration had been up to, so James Comey had to get Flynn out of the way.
In order to frame Flynn, the FBI wiretapped the Russian ambassador’s phone calls. Then, Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice “unmasked” Flynn in the transcript of a call between the two. Rogue FBI agent and texting emoji expert Peter Strzok used to those transcripts to get Flynn to misstate some minor fact when he interviewed Flynn at the White House. That was what ultimately resulted in Flynn being charged with “lying” to the FBI, even though then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told Flynn that the interview was no biggie and he didn’t need an attorney present for it.
Flynn was set up by the Obama-Biden FBI. And all of this was done after the FBI had investigated Flynn for potential ties to the Russian government and found nothing. Flynn was basically exonerated by the rank-and-file FBI field agents. But at the last second as the FBI was set to close down the investigation against Flynn (which should never have started in the first place), Peter Strzok got a panicked call from the Seventh Floor of the Hoover Building.
James Comey had a new idea, so Strzok texted the FBI field agents and told them to keep the investigation open. They were going to nail Flynn for “lying” after Flynn agreed to an interview that he didn’t know was a setup.
We know all of these things as facts now, thanks to the Strzok text messages with homewrecking FBI attorney Lisa Page and the FBI notes and documents that Attorney General Bill Barr has released.
Later the same day that Brandon Van Grack resigned as the lead prosecutor, the Department of Justice filed a motion with the court to fully drop the case against Flynn.
One thing that is lost in all of this noise is the extraordinary stretching of prosecutorial powers and obscure laws that the Obama-Biden administration used to go after President Trump, his family members, his staffers and his appointees. The original investigation of retired General Mike Flynn was for a possible Logan Act violation.
The Logan Act of 1799 has never been used in US history to prosecute anyone. It’s a law that bars private US citizens from conducting diplomacy with foreign nations. Flynn was President Donald Trump’s acting National Security Advisor, but the Obama-Biden administration went after him as if he were a private citizen conducting foreign policy negotiations because he had not yet been confirmed to his position by the US Senate.
The Obama-Biden administration also stretched the use of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) to go after Paul Manafort. That law dates back to the 1960s and it’s only been used about six times to prosecute people, despite Washington, DC being flooded with foreign lobbyists. Manafort was singled out, prosecuted and jailed under an obscure law because he was a Trump associate and for no other reason.
Michael Flynn has been completely exonerated and that’s a good reason to celebrate. Here’s hoping that Bill Barr follows this up with something more substantive that involves handcuffs and waterboarding certain former FBI and CIA officials. Oh, and, um… does anyone know how to get blue paint off of human skin? Asking for a friend.