TRUMP: “IT’S TREASON”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 7, 2020) — At approximately 2:40 PM EDT Thursday, the Associated Press reported in an exclusive that the U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge to withdraw its criminal prosecution of Donald Trump’s first national-security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret) for allegedly lying to FBI agents in January 2017.
Approximately eleven days ago, Maria Bartiromo of Fox News Channel and Fox Business tweeted that her sources informed her that the case against Flynn would implode.
Documents released over the last two weeks in the case appear to show that the FBI sought to identify a crime associated with the Trump White House and alleged Russian “collusion” rather than to investigate based on evidence.
In February, U.S. Attorney General William Barr appointed U.S. Attorney fr the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey B. Jensen to review the circumstances of Flynn’s prosecution. In its report Thursday, the AP quoted Jensen as having stated, “Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case. I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”
Earlier Thursday, a key DOJ prosecutor in the Flynn case, Brandon Van Grack, filed a motion to withdraw. Flynn’s lead attorney, Sidney Powell, has been very critical of Van Grack in recent interviews and has accused the Justice Department, for which she once worked, of withholding exculpatory evidence.
In a court filing in late January, approximately two weeks after submitting a motion to withdraw Flynn’s “guilty” plea of December 1, 2017, Powell wrote that a Justice Department Inspector General report released December 9, 2019 showed that “the government long suppressed evidence of shocking malfeasance by the leadership of the FBI and Supervisory Special Agent 1 (“SSA 1”) that was favorable to Mr. Flynn’s defense. For these reasons, and those outlined in prior briefing, Mr. Flynn moves to dismiss this entire prosecution for outrageous government misconduct and in the interest of justice.”
Asked for comment while meeting with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Thursday afternoon at the White House, Trump said of Flynn, “He was an innocent man…what the Obama administration did was unprecedented…they’re scum, they’re human scum…The Obama administration, Justice Department was a disgrace, and they got caught…It’s treason…I’m very happy for General Flynn; he’s a great warrior…”
When the reporter presented the follow-up question as to “what should be done” about the malfeasance associated with Flynn’s prosecution, Trump said, referring to the media: “Pulitzer prizes should all be returned because they were all given out falsely…they got Pulitzer prices for what turned out to be false stories.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.