WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR SENTENCING?
by Sharon Rondeau
In December of last year, Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI, but an article published Wednesday by Byron York of The Washington Examiner reported that when Flynn was interviewed by the FBI about his phone calls with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak in late December 2016, he was discouraged from having legal counsel present by then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
McCabe’s actions as deputy director during the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election were submitted to a grand jury earlier this year, The Washington Post reported in September. McCabe was terminated in March; his former boss, James Comey, was fired in May 2017.
Comey has made it no secret that he abhors Trump and wishes to see him defeated in 2020. In a casual interview with MSNBC‘s Nicolle Wallace produced by 92nd Street Y and broadcast on Sunday, Comey said that he personally “sent” the two FBI agents to question Flynn at the White House in what they hoped would be a “relaxed” interview. In addition to discouraging the presence of an attorney, the FBI did not advise Flynn of his rights and the penalty for making false statements.
Flynn was prosecuted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who hired a bevy of prosecutors known in some instances to have financially supported, and even represented, prominent Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. Mueller’s task was to determine the extent of Russian influence on the 2016 election and whether or not anyone from the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russians to assist Trump win over Clinton.
When Solomon made his pronouncement shortly before 9:30 PM Thursday, he said that he “knew” that President Trump had not been made aware of the exculpatory document.
In another development, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Emmet Sullivan has demanded, for the second time, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office turn over all related documentation to Flynn’s guilty plea and sentencing scheduled for Tuesday. Sullivan previously asked for the documents but reportedly never received them.
Flynn, who Trump chose as his first national security advisor, entered into policy discussions with Kislyak during the Obama-Trump transition period. His conversations were captured by the U.S. intelligence community and leaked to the media, a violation of federal law. Those who leaked his name have not been identified.