The framing of General Flynn

The framing of General Flynn, by John Hinderaker. Michael Flynn was a senior advisor to Trump during his presidential campaign and served as the National Security Advisor from January 23 to February 13, 2017.

General Michael Flynn still awaits sentencing. Meanwhile his new lawyer, Sidney Powell, is tormenting the prosecutors and the FBI, uncovering corruption in the FBI and the Department of Justice that, she credibly alleges, included the framing of General Flynn.

Is that too strong? I don’t think so. Yesterday Powell filed a reply brief in support of her motion to compel the production of more exculpating material by the prosecution, and to hold the prosecutors in contempt of court. Her recitation, which relies in part on text messages that I take it have come to light recently, makes a compelling case of FBI and prosecutorial misconduct. …

Powell’s most explosive charge is that the FBI falsified the Form 302 that recorded the content of its agents’ interview with Flynn in order to set him up for prosecution

The FBI had recordings of Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador, and there was nothing wrong with them. So what, exactly, were they strategizing? How to ensnare Flynn in a process crime by inducing him to say something that was false, evidently. Then, to their surprise, Flynn didn’t lie, as the agents recorded at the time. So, Flynn’s lawyer now says, they altered the Form 302 to make it appear that he did. If correct, this is just about the worst law enforcement scandal imaginable. …

The Flynn prosecution has lifted the lid on corruption at the Department of Justice and the FBI that few could have imagined. The anti-Trump FBI conducted itself in a way we might associate with a totalitarian state, not the United States of America. For the most part, the people involved have been fired in disgrace. I am no expert in criminal law, but it seems that some of what happened here–for example, the falsification of the Form 302–must be a crime. If crimes were committed, they should be prosecuted.

Earlier: Trump Laments That Flynn’s Life Is ‘Destroyed’ While Comey Profits, by Terrence Dopp. Comey is feted at every turn by a willing media, allowed to peddle heavily contested statements without having to back them up. What is the West coming to?

President Donald Trump kept up his war of words with James Comey on Friday, calling the former FBI director’s new book “third rate,” and suggesting it’s unfair that Comey is profiting.

“So General Michael Flynn’s life can be totally destroyed while Shadey James Comey can Leak and Lie and make lots of money from a third rate book (that should never have been written),” Trump said in a Twitter posting. “Is that really the way life in America is supposed to work? I don’t think so!”

Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to federal agents …

Even earlier: Big Government Bullying: Nothing About Collusion, by Michael Ledeen.

It doesn’t make sense. I don’t believe Flynn intentionally misled the FBI, or anyone else, about his unquestionably licit conversations with the Russian ambassador.

I think the “guilty” plea tells us more about the Mueller investigation, and about the politicization of “justice” more generally, than it does about presumed malefactions by the retired general.

I think that Gen. Flynn admitted guilt in order to stop the pain for himself and his family.

I doubt Flynn — or Mueller, for that matter — believes he misled government officials.

It is notable that Mueller and company have apparently dropped their investigation of Gen. Flynn’s son, and the plea agreement will dramatically reduce the family’s legal expenses.

And, also by John Hinderaker:

Like everyone else, I have puzzled over why General Michael Flynn apparently lied to the FBI when he had no reason to do so….

I believe Flynn has said that he has spent $1 million on lawyers, and felt compelled to plead guilty to something lest he be ruined financially.

The dangers of working against the PC narrative — the deep state/globalists/lefties will lie to bring you down and ruin you.

Who trusts the FBI anymore? Who trusts any organ of bureaucracy in the West anymore, now that the left has taken over? What is the punishment for the FBI when the FBI lies to us? Time to drain the FBI.

UPDATE: (via Michael Smith)

Particularly the last two minutes.