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Democrats wrestle with how hard to go after Trump's scandals

POLITICO's Nerdcast

04:19 min | Last week

Democrats wrestle with how hard to go after Trump's scandals

"A little more than four months until the election and the scandals that Democrats after they impeach President Donald Trump have mostly tried to look away from there now piling up and they do feel like they have to do something. I mean, it's just kind of an onslaught of scandals coming out of the trump administration right now so I think they want to be careful and how they go about this. They do want to investigate what's going on. They do want to call attention to it, but they're certainly not going to try to impeach the president again or try to impeach the Attorney General, although some members have called for that. Instead what we're going to see, is the hold hearings and for instance general. William Bar is going to come testify before the House Judiciary Committee at the end of next month. That's going to be a really big deal. You know I think for them. It's a fine line between. How do we call attention to this and also not step on our own electoral message, which is here's what we're doing for voters. Here's why you should bring us back. We're not just the party of investigating trump. We do actually want to get things done for you. Yeah I, want to jump into that in a second, but for those of us who have been living under rocks. Can you just quickly numerate some of the many many things that have? House Democrats up in arms that they they want to look into well. It's kind of an endless list, but. For instance the firing of the Manhattan prosecutor Jeffrey Berman over the weekend. He. The Attorney General issued a statement on Friday night, saying he was stepping down, and then Berman issued his own statements that what I'm not stepping down and then so bar had to actually fire him right, and that was this whole controversy this weekend, so the reason that people are speculating that bar got rid of. Berman was because his office in Manhattan has. Investigated a lot of trump related scandals everything from trump's former fixer. Michael Cohen Hush payments to. Porn stars, and then Rudy Giuliani the trump inaugural committee I mean you know a lot of links to the trump world, so that's one thing that they're definitely gonNA look into and it's. It's not too long ago. That an attorney general resigned over over questions of improper political influence over the hiring and firing of US attorneys select. That's that's a big deal. That's a big deal and that's one. I mean. Bar Is. There's a whole list of things with bill bar that I think I don't even know if they'll have time. They're hearing next month to get into everything. Because bar has really politicized the Department of Justice in a way that we haven't seen in some time and has taken steps. Many of his critics say to try to insulate trump from numerous scandals when they say that DOJ should be an independent body right so. That's one and then there's John Bolton's book which there's a whole string of allegations everything from the Ukraine scandal, which Democrats did impeach trump over to claims that trump requested China. Help Him in the twenty twenty election to other claims that he offered to help quote fix a problem The Turkish president was linked to a bank that was being investigated by the Manhattan Office that we were just talking about so there's a whole list of allegations in Bolton's book. They WanNa look into, and then you know the house. Judiciary Committee on. Wednesday had. Some whistle blowers from DOJ testifying about the DOJ's decision to You know to drop the charges against Michael Flynn. But also but also Roger Stone Oh my God. Oh Right? Yeah, no, there's so much! It's hard to keep track of anyways. There were two whistleblowers that testified before the house. Judiciary Committee on Wednesday about the DOJ decision to drop charges against Michael Flynn and other accusations that the Department of Justice recommended certain sentencing guidelines, which many considered were very light against. Against Roger Stone because of how close he west of the president, and that he was treated differently than other defendants, because of his relation to the president, so these are all things that the House majority is going to look into in the next several months in the run-up to the election, but are we going to see bill bar impeached or anything like? Like that. No, it's GonNa be more about hearings and television clips and things like

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Appeals court orders judge to dismiss Michael Flynn case

THE NEWS with Anthony Davis

01:47 min | Last week

Appeals court orders judge to dismiss Michael Flynn case

"Divided Federal Appeals Court on. Wednesday ordered the dismissal of the criminal case against Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn turning back efforts by a judge to scrutinize the Justice Department's extraordinarily decision to drop the prosecution. The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said in a two one ruling that the Justice Department's move to abandon the case against. Flynn's settles the matter, even though Flynn pleaded guilty as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation to lying to the FBI. The ruling a significant win for both Flynn, and the Justice Department appears to cut short. What could have been a protracted legal fight over the basis for the government's dismissal of the case? It came as Democrats questioned whether the Justice Department has become too politicized and attorney general, William Bar, too quick to side with the president. The. House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on. Wednesday Senate on another unusual move by Baugh to overrule his own prosecutors An-. Ask for less prison time for another trump associates roger stone US District Judge Emmet Sullivan had declined to immediately dismissed the case seeking instead to evaluate on his own the department's request, he appointed a retired federal judge to argue against the Justice Department's position and to consider whether Flynn could be held in criminal contempt for perjury, he says. I July sixteen hearing to formerly here the request to dismiss the case. Michael Flynn was the only White House official charged in Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the trump campaign and Russia.

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Michael Flynn: Court rules in favour of ex-Trump aide

WBBM Evening News

00:44 sec | Last week

Michael Flynn: Court rules in favour of ex-Trump aide

"President trump says his first national security adviser Michael Flynn has been exonerated now that's a false statements charge against him has been ordered dropped by a three judge panel of the DC circuit court of appeals even though Flynn pleaded guilty the president said he was very happy to learn of the appeals court ruling I want to congratulate him he's been through a lot and Attorney General bill bars direction the justice department moved to drop the charge that Michael Flynn lied to FBI agents but Flynn admitted he did it and despite bar suggestion that the FBI wrongly pursued Flynn presiding judges resist did efforts to close the case Mr trump says the matter proves his campaign was spied on if that were the other way around people would be in jail for fifty years

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Court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn case

Mark Levin

00:47 sec | Last week

Court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn case

"Camp president trump's first national security adviser winning an appeal court ruling which orders the judge in his criminal case to accept the justice department's decision to drop charges against Michael Flynn the judge had refused an immediate dismissal in trumpet openly called for Flynn's case to be dismissed three years after he fired Flynn as national security adviser at the White House the president reacting to the appeals court decision with a long standing charge against his predecessor the Obama administration's spider to campaign this is just the first one he's been exonerated I want to congratulate him he's been through a lot Flynn pleaded guilty twice to lying to the F. B. I. but wanted to back out of a plea deal the justice department under William Barr decided to drop the case though judge Emmet Sullivan refused to do that automatically but Costantini

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Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized

Afternoon News with Tom Glasgow and Elisa Jaffe

03:56 min | Last week

Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized

"To justice department whistle blowers speaking in front of the house Judiciary Committee today outlining a series of allegations regarding what they see as political meddling in department affairs under president trump and Attorney General William Barr judiciary chair Jerry Nadler told those assembled it seems clear that bill bars actions are politically motivated and improper the Attorney General had simply missed judged the situation and thought that Mr Birmingham would go quietly then we might truck up this episode to simple miscommunication and incompetence but make no mistake this was not an isolated incident joining us on the komo news line is A. B. C.'s Adam Kelsey Adam let's go into what Nadler is talking about Nadler and his fellow Democrats on the house Judiciary Committee essentially accusing the Attorney General William Barr politicized apartment justice serving as something of a cheerleader attacked Dr president trump and we heard from a number of witnesses including a former deputy Attorney General under Republican president George H. W. bush said bar refusing political cronies to reverse decisions involving trump associates and the called party completed the race in his lifetime to the rule of law and we also heard some really interesting testimony from a career prosecutor in the justice department who worked on the project stones he testified that pressure from senior department officials including the Attorney General led to more lenient sentencing and anybody else would be getting solely because Roger stone was an associate of president trump that the timing of this testimony was really interesting because it comes just hours after another trump associate general Michael when he found his atheist met after ruling by and you'll score basically coming after the justice department lobbied on his behalf so we're hearing in testimony on Capitol here and we're seeing it play out in real time to dissociate the president trump being treated special are being treated differently than any other average member of the country and the president had this to say today about what he thinks about Michael Flynn saying he thinks Michael Flynn was treated horribly by a group of very bad people expired on a campaign and they should never spy on a campaign to put it mildly never happened before in the history of our country will ease basically pointing the finger back at the Obama administration saying that while he was running for president president trump was running for president back in twenty fifteen to twenty sixteen he's saying that the Obama administration's justice department was illegally looking into what was going on in his campaign and basically comes down to accusations of partisanship and politicization on both sides of the aisle I think that the Democrats really going after the justice department which has been traditionally so independent from what's happening in the White House willing to at times look into and investigate the goings on of his own party at the White House and saying that William Barkat if he's doing is constitutionally required duty just acting on the president's behalf and present health kind of playing the what about game as he looks back a few years and says he with the Obama administration's justice department I was playing politics not his own is this all coming about because of tourney General William Barr removing the district attorney Geoffrey Berman ends yeah I mean it it certainly doesn't help William Barr's case and you know although president trump has the right to dismissed any of these US attorneys at anytime you like he was the optics of the situation William Barr announcing late on a Friday night that Berman with stepping down Berman later saying I never resign showing up for work the next day on a Saturday morning and then it having to be trump who steps in to actually fire him over the weekend it seems like the trump administration there never really crossing the line when it comes to their actions always seems like there's an administrative staff but they're going about it in the wrong way in a potentially illegal waste inspired by the Supreme Court on other issues being flagged on Capitol Hill today it seems like it the governing party administrative aspect of the action that president trump and his administration you get

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Appeals court orders judge to dismiss Michael Flynn case

Mark Levin

00:15 sec | Last week

Appeals court orders judge to dismiss Michael Flynn case

"In Europe a federal appeals court today ordering the dismissal of the criminal case against the president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn the US circuit court of appeals for the district saying in a two to one ruling that the justice department's decision to abandon the case against plan settles

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Appeals court orders judge to dismiss Michael Flynn case

Larry O'Connor

00:27 sec | Last week

Appeals court orders judge to dismiss Michael Flynn case

"Com a federal appeals court ordering the dismissal today of the criminal case against the president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn president trump congratulated Flynn earlier today at the White House are very happy about general Flynn he was treated horribly he was treated very very harshly by a group of very bad people and I think you'll see some things are gonna start to come out but what happened to general Flynn should never happen again in our country he was

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Appeals court orders judge to dismiss criminal case against Michael Flynn

Forum

00:24 sec | Last week

Appeals court orders judge to dismiss criminal case against Michael Flynn

"In a win for the president a federal appeals court is directing a lower court judge to drop the criminal case against Michael Flynn the DOJ had asked that the case be dismissed Flynn who stepped down as trump's first national security adviser after only a month had pleaded guilty to lying to investigators during the special counsel's probe into Russian election interference he later pursued a scorched earth legal strategy in accusing the FBI of entrapment

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Appeals Court Orders Lower Judge To Throw Out Michael Flynn Case

10 10 WINS 24 Hour News

00:40 sec | Last week

Appeals Court Orders Lower Judge To Throw Out Michael Flynn Case

"To president trump's former national security adviser judge Emmet Sullivan was so upset with the trump justice department's decision to drop my client's case he refused to go along with it even appointed a retired judge to act as a friend of his court the retired judge was highly critical of the move to dismiss however Flynn appealed to the DC circuit and a three judge panel ruled in his favor ordering someone to accept the call for dismissal president trump who sort of abandon plan when he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI has been supporting the dismissal in recent months and Attorney General William Barr agreed the president tweets now great appeals court upholds justice department request to drop criminal case against general

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Appeals court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn prosecution

AP News Radio

00:41 sec | Last week

Appeals court orders dismissal of Michael Flynn prosecution

"A federal appeals court is ordering an end to the criminal case against former trump national security adviser Michael Flynn Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to prosecutors in the special counsel's Russia probe the justice department made an extraordinary move last month to dismiss the case and the appeals panel here in Washington has ruled that settles the matter even though a retired judge who was appointed to argue against the department called the request of gross abuse of power the decision is a big win for the justice department even as Democrats questioned whether it's become too politicized under Attorney General William Barr president trump's healing the ruling as great Sager mag ani Washington

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Appeals Court Orders Lower Judge To Throw Out Michael Flynn Case

Frank Beckmann

00:34 sec | Last week

Appeals Court Orders Lower Judge To Throw Out Michael Flynn Case

"The case against flame came out of the Russia investigation the decision backs federal prosecutors in their action to drop the case the judge in the case Emmett Soloman had refused to dismiss the case and instead ordered new hearings the department of justice had moved to drop this case even though Flynn had previously pleaded guilty the prosecutors said the FBI interview that led to the charge against Flynn of lying to investigators have no legitimate basis the next step would be for Sullivan to comply with the appeals order which was a two to one decision by the three judge panel

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Appellate panel orders Flynn judge to dismiss case in line with Barr request

Brian Kilmeade

00:22 sec | Last week

Appellate panel orders Flynn judge to dismiss case in line with Barr request

"Welcome back everybody got to breaking news and it's great news I'm a big Michael Flynn Fanny's finally out it looks like an appeals court orders judge dismissed the criminal case against Michael Flynn the appeals court vacates the early order by U. S. district judge Emmet Sullivan appointing retired judge to argue against the government's request the order is likely to ending criminal K. end the criminal case against Michael Flynn so

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Federal appeals court orders judge to drop Michael Flynn charges

Chris Plante

01:17 min | Last week

Federal appeals court orders judge to drop Michael Flynn charges

"Appeals court orders judge to dismiss laden charges a federal appeals court on Wednesday that's today ordered a judge to grant to the department of justice on usual move to drop charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn a three judge panel of the DC circuit court of appeals approved plans petition to intervene in the case after a District Court judge had tapped on outside counsel to argue against the DOJ's move now that was an extremely weird thing for judge Emmet Sullivan a deal Sullivan was appointed by originally by I think Ronald Reagan and he's been appointed and promoted by Republicans and Democrats throughout his career he's an old judges been around for a while and it's worth noting also that last night the justice department turned over to Michael Flynn's defense team hand written notes from early two thousand seventeen by Peter stroke add to the notes were described as highly exculpatory tightly and totally exculpatory according to Michael Flynn's lawyer Sidney Powell who's just wonderful and now the case is finally at long last being thrown out but first they bankrupted him

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U.S. appeals court skeptical of bid by ex-Trump adviser Flynn to end criminal case

Sean Hannity

00:55 sec | 3 weeks ago

U.S. appeals court skeptical of bid by ex-Trump adviser Flynn to end criminal case

"Judges in Washington DC held a hearing today on whether they should overrule federal judge Emmet Sullivan and allow the justice department to dismiss charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn the panel a federal appeals court judges looked hesitant today about ordering judge Emmet Sullivan that's the judge overseeing general Michael Flynn's case to drop the criminal charges against him now to during today's hearing at the DC circuit court of appeals two of the three judges on the panel expressed their concerns about stopping judge Sullivan from ruling on the justice department's motion to drop criminal charges and the case judge Alvin drew criticism and some cheers a few weeks back when he appointed a special judge to argue against the justice department and consider the option instead to hold Flynn in contempt for perjury that judge then called the justice department's motion and abuse of power

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Appeals court shows skepticism about forcing dismissal of Flynn case

Rush Limbaugh

00:21 sec | 3 weeks ago

Appeals court shows skepticism about forcing dismissal of Flynn case

"A federal appeals court appears to be skeptical about the justice department's request to dismiss the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn the court today hearing several hours of arguments Flynn was set to be sentenced after pleading guilty of lying to the FBI in the Russia election meddling probe but the justice department sought to drop the case and it's only when the judge handling the case will hold another hearing on the issue next

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Appeals court shows skepticism about forcing dismissal of Flynn case

Rush Limbaugh

00:21 sec | 3 weeks ago

Appeals court shows skepticism about forcing dismissal of Flynn case

"A federal appeals court appears to be skeptical about the justice department's request to dismiss the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn the court today hearing several hours of arguments Flynn was set to be sentenced after pleading guilty of lying to the FBI in the Russia election meddling probe but the justice department sought to drop the case and it's only when the judge handling the case will hold another hearing on the issue next

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Retired judge says court should reject DOJ move to drop Flynn case

News and Perspective with Taylor Van Cise

00:33 sec | 3 weeks ago

Retired judge says court should reject DOJ move to drop Flynn case

"A court appointed judge has reviewed the justice department's request to drop the Michael Flynn case calling the move quote an abuse of power retired judge John Gleeson called it highly irregular for the justice department to try to drop the criminal charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn it was only done he said to benefit a political ally of the president Gleason was appointed by the trial judge to oppose the request that came after the justice department to side of the F. B. I. lacked a valid reason to investigate Flynn Gleason said there was irrefutable evidence Flynn perjured himself as he's pleaded guilty to doing any should be

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Justice Department showed 'gross abuse of prosecutorial power' in Michael Flynn case, court-appointed arbiter says

America First with Sebastian Gorka

00:27 sec | 3 weeks ago

Justice Department showed 'gross abuse of prosecutorial power' in Michael Flynn case, court-appointed arbiter says

"Flynn former U. S. district judge John Gleeson accuses the bar justice department of gross abuse of prosecutorial power on behalf of the presidential ally for requesting the government's case against plan to be dropped Gleason argues that U. S. district judge Emmet Sullivan should deny the motion to dismiss and that he should find Flynn liable for criminal perjury for withdrawing his original plea with a penalty to be handed down a final sentencing with the case now

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"michael flynn" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

09:29 min | Last month

"michael flynn" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

"Hey Rick Grenell. The Acting Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday declassified documents showing the names of many Obama administration officials though some of the names redacted who requested to unmask Michael Flynn's name on intelligence Transcripts intercepts Michael Flynn is the short-lived. Nsa National Security Adviser who pleaded guilty to lying the FBI whose cases now very much up in the air Mr Grenell simply documents Senate Republicans. Who released the public so you can now go find it on the Internet to see it for yourself. What did we learn from this Kim? Well for starters. The numbers and names and dates are just astonishing. According to this list there were thirty nine separate officials who were going on Mr Flynn's conversations with foreign actors Comprising a total fifty unmasking demands which went on for about six weeks Starting Not long after Mr Flynn was named the incoming national security advisor or not ending until the middle of January The people who were doing the unmasking This is eyebrow raising because they're not the sort of people who would normally be involved in such unmasking request. Normally it is intelligence professionals. Who are doing that instead. We have political figures engaged in it. You have former White House. Chief of Staff Denis McDonough You have former vice president. Joe Biden Former Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Blue There were four ambassadors who looked in on his conversation six separate treasury officials and people connected even with the energy and the Justice Department's and NATO I it we had a joke. I said I think we put it in our editorial that like everyone but the janitor listening and on this So it's it's really remarkable because what it suggests to me is up until now we have assumed that the snooping was being conducted by the FBI the CIA. Maybe the director of National Intelligence Which would be questionable given what they were using it for it now. It seems there was a political element to this as well to and you have to wonder if there was political influence involved in this probe of Flynn at toward the end. But what about some of the claims made from the other side bill? So I'll start with one of them is that you know one of these conversations. Flynn had was with the Russian ambassador and People Support Obama Administration. Here are saying that you know. The Obama Administration. The outgoing administration. Didn't they have every reason when they intercept a conversation? The Russian ambassador is having somebody in the US. Don't they have every reason to figure out who the WHO the investors talking too and before they did the unmasking bill? They may not have known that it was Michael. Flynn yeah I doubt all of that. The masking is that when when Our intelligence agencies Spy ON PEOPLE Say they're listening to the Russian ambassador and other people like that that if there's an American caught up is designed to protect his identity now. Intelligence officials may have a reason for trying to learn this. But here's the context in which all this occurred. Most these requests occurred after the election right after Donald Trump was elected so these people are outgoing. Joe Biden made his unmasking request a week before. Donald Trump's inauguration and again as Kim points out a usual for intelligence officials to unmasks different people. But I think I'd like to go back and stay in the turtle. For example the Bush administration even the Clinton administration And the earlier Bush administration. I'd like to see how many political appointees were making the kinds of requests that the Obama ficials made and remember it also comes in the context of in January president. Obama put put through new rule. That would disseminate disinformation around Between agencies and so forth in other words to increase access to it many times in January as he's leaving office and of course the more access. You give the more likely that it's going to be leaked than I think. They've never found the leaker at least to the point of charging them. And that's the one crime we know did happen with General Flynn but I think now they have an excellent suspects list. Yeah I suppose to your point if if if this observation mask being was taking place over six weeks Kim than I guess. Maybe that undermines the theory that this was centered on this conversation with the Russian Ambassador. But what about another point that people are saying which is that this is this is routine intelligence? Work that you know. There were a something like seventeen thousand Masking requests that took place in two thousand eighteen. So this is really not big of a deal on the grand scheme of things. Yeah I guess I'd have two points on that. Which is that. What first of all if it is routine Have I think maybe it's a little too routine one of the things that was really eye-popping to me was reading through a recent transcript that was released by Adam Shifts Committee And it was the committee's interview A couple of years back with Samantha. Power who was the former ambassador to the United Nations for the Obama Administration? She was listed as one of the biggest UNMASK IRS She had amassed hundreds of people And it was remarkable the ease as she described the process by which she did this and gave her justifications. It actually was kind of crazy how easy it was to do it for anybody and look the whole reason. We have masking. Rules is because we're supposed to be protecting the privacy of American citizens. You know it's one thing to say. I truly cannot understand the intelligence product that I am looking at unless I see the person who was on the other end of the call but so I guess that that's probably the biggest aspect of this but there's also the question of you can't get around of who was doing the unmasking here even if it is routine you're supposed to be leaving that to intelligence professionals now. What the heck was Obama's chief of staff doing unmasking calls in an intelligence product? Vice President. Joe Biden doing Doing that as well like there folks are trained and it's their job But we are supposed to. We rely on them to be bringing or flagging things up to higher political figures not for political figures to be around because it very much makes it look as though you political actors snooping on their political rivals as they're coming into office. Yeah Kyle at one point to the To the Biden point you know. His latest response to this is that he was not aware of any criminal investigation involving general. Flynn I mean. He's parsing his words very carefully if he didn't do anything wrong. Why doesn't he just say so? He said he wasn't aware this criminal investigation would of course was a counterintelligence investigation. And that seems a little too cute by half for me and these the people that were involved seem very nervous when they're asked questions about it. Kim What would you add to that on the importance of the fact that Biden is on this list? We don't really know okay and again my sources of stress. You already hear a lot of people out there who are saying. Oh you know lock them up and and now Obama Biden are going to go to jail. There is one truth here. Which is they do. Have the authority to do this And it's a very doubtful that any laws were broken in engaging such requests I think that the bigger question is political accountability. This stinks again. Because of the perception that there were a very highly placed political figures in the Obama Administration. That were keeping tabs in some way or or looking at on a man who the FBI then later sandbagged with this interview and seemed to be on kind of vendetta to take him out and to the extent that Biden is wrapped up in that effort and he has an as bill said answered. Any real questions on this yet. That just looks ugly And it could be something for voters to think about one other thing that just popped out and it's certainly worthwhile noting as Joe Biden's requests for an unmasking was the very last one to come in and it happened on January Twelfth. Twenty seventeen that happens to be the very day that David Ignatius at the Washington Post. I leaked the contents of the information About the Flynn conversation. And I'm not saying that it was Biden. Who did that? But it's a correlation. Some people are noting. We're talking about the unmasking of Michael Flynn and you're listening to Potomac..

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"michael flynn" Discussed on The Daily

The Daily

08:15 min | Last month

"michael flynn" Discussed on The Daily

"But the Justice Department had transcripts of the calls in which. Flynn had actually urged the ambassador not to overreact to the Obama administration sanctions. Fbi agents interviewed. Michael Flynn about whether he discussed sanctions with Russian to. Fbi agents are sent to the White House to interview flesh. What has he told investigators. He tells them that the sanctions never came up on the call. Right he's lying to the right. This all becomes public and in February twenty seventeen general Michael. Flynn suddenly resigned late last night. Linda's stories on he is the shortest serving national security adviser now in modern history. And what happens to Flynn once he's pushed out of the White House the FBI continues to investigate Flynn but very little is heard from him for a number of months and during this time president trump starts leaning on James Comey the FBI director in essence to drop the Flynn investigation right and that raised this idea that the president United States was trying to obstruct justice and that this kind of cataclysmic moment that ultimately sets off a chain of events that leads to not only combing fired. But also the appointment of Muller's a special counsel right in many ways the Flynn Saga is the beginning of the mother saga and the beginning of a very dark chapter for the trump administration. That's correct what ends up happening to. Michael Flynn Flynn plead guilty to repeatedly lying to the FBI ends up pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. He's cooperating with this comes in cooperating witness in the investigations is awaiting sentence documents. Make clear that Flynn was not acting alone. And the significance was that he was the first top. White House official to plead. Guilty as part of the Mueller investigation. Court papers say Flynn could get up to six months behind bars. But he was underscored. I feel like for many people that is where the Michael Flynn Story. Pretty much ends right. I mean you have this three star general national security adviser who totally falls from grace after lying to his bosses and the FBI and now he's headed to prison that's right and the mother. Investigation marches on and the next significant point is the end of twenty eighteen into two thousand nineteen when Flynn is set tension spy a federal judge and the Muller Team in Breaking News Right. Now Bob Muller's is recommending to the judge that Michael Flynn actually not receive any prison time and says Flint. Good with us. Michael Flynn cooperated plenty with the special counsel. They recommend very little. If any jail time the defendant provided firsthand information about content and context of interactions between the transition team and Russian government officials and something curious happens commend. Where Flynn's legal team which had been very cooperative towards the Muller Investigation clearly? They seem to be a pretty good deal with the Muller team decides to take a more combative stance. They enter into the public record. This idea that maybe Flynn in railroaded that the FBI man set him up. So this angers the judge he really reads Flynn and his team the riot act saying are you now saying you're not remorseful. And why are you now accusing the FBI of misconduct and basically says let's take a pause? We're GONNA put this offer a few months and come back to me when you found some remorse in the intervening time. The ground starts to shift. William Bar has just been sworn in as the new attorney general. Gaining broad control of the special counsel Robert Muller's Russia investigation. William bar takes over as attorney general. I believe it is vitally important. That special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation. He during permission hearing pledges that he's not can interfere with them so muller famously then delivers his report bar in March of two thousand nineteen the deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed and obstruction of justice. Offense and bar right a very short summary of sorts that he says summarizes Muller's fine which we now know misinterprets the Miller report. It's quite clear. Starting at that point. That far has great issues with not only the investigation. But how this all began how the Russia investigation began at the FBI. And whether there was real misconduct I've been trying to get answers to questions and I found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate and so he makes no secret of the fact that he's going to start investigating investigate. He is going to launch a campaign to get to the bottom of what happened and whether there really was a political effort to go after Donald J trump and his advisors and what does that mean for. Michael Flynn awaiting sentencing for lying to the FBI as the ground shifts and added clear. That bar is going to look at the predicate for the entire investigation. Flynn decides to get a new lawyer. Nothing about this case was done right. They violated every rule every protocol. Who is not only a lawyer? But also a pundit of sort the entire prosecution was false it must be dismissed the Texas lawyer named Sydney Powell who has made no secret of the fact that she thinks the entire thing is a witch hunt their prosecution of General Flynn was needed to keep the obstruction hoax going against the president because they already knew the Russia hoax had fallen apart very much in line with what president of the United States is central so the whole thing was orchestrated a setup within the FBI clap and days before she takes over screens lawyer. She writes a secret letter to Attorney General Bar where she writes quote. It is increasingly apparent. The General Flynn was targeted and taken out of the trump administration concocted and political purposes. Wow you're seeing. Flynn recognizes the Windsor. Changing recognizing that there's literally a new. Sheriff Attorney General in town who skeptical of the entire Russia investigation and Flynn lawyer. Who Fits quite nicely into that? Dynamic and during that period of time Attorney General Bar Decides to appoint another prosecutor. Who's going to examine the case and see whether there had been any misconduct that had taken place so just to be clear. In addition to examining the roots of the Russia investigation broadly bar appoints a specific prosecutor inside the departments. Just to examine the Flynn case. That's right and that leads to the release of a number of documents to the public in recent weeks that have led both Flynn's lawyers and the president to make the case that Michael Flynn was indeed railroaded and set up by the FBI.

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"michael flynn" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis

What Next | Daily News and Analysis

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"michael flynn" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis

"The realm of Donald Trump's abusing his pardon power into donald trump has created a two tiered system of justice where his friends and cronies and loyalists see the charges against them vaporize and he is kind of re-jigger the Justice Department to prosecute and go after anyone who wasn't loyal to him. That is a whole other thing in. That's why you're seeing that thread of this is what totalitarian governments do. You've just commandeered the DOJ to do a thing that is anathema to just basic ideas of rule of law and it very neatly does two things at once. It consolidates power makes clear. That trump is the decider and leans towards authoritarianism and it also is part of sweeping under the rug. The Muller Investigation and saying no no. That wasn't real that's true and it goes further it it. It recasts the Muller Investigation as a witch hunt in a hoax. It RECASTS THE IMPEACHMENT. Probe as a witch hunt and a hoax. And so it's not just that it saying it wasn't real it saying that any attempt by any entity be it. Congress be it you know a special prosecutor or be a within the Justice Department. Any tamp to hold this president or his administration to account is a per se illegitimate enterprise and so it's beyond just sweeping it under the rug it setting up the next and the next and the next. Dahlia says this is what makes bars justice department. Not just bad. But insidious the motion to dismiss. The Flynn case. It isn't just about the Flynn case. Not a long shot and I guess we should be clear here. Which is the judge here. Judge Sullivan this judge could reject the DOJ's motion here right and decide listen. You don't get to have axes. I I judge has been really interesting right. He said through. I mean I think at one point he made headlines by just excoriating. Michael Flynn I think he used the word treason at one point so he has been very very hard on. Flynn in these court proceedings and certainly he he. It is his to accept or reject this motion. But I do think that at the end of the day the consensus seems to be. He certainly can't force the Justice Department to continue with the prosecution that they say they don't WanNa bring and so judge Sullivan. I've seen on awful lot of suggestions. Saying that Judge Sullivan. Not only can but must use his sort of independent authority to ask for instance the prosecutor who stepped off this case to explain why he did that. There's precedent for that. Appoint someone as a friend of the court to investigate what happened internally at Doj just to have hearings to resolve some of the factual questions that the Justice Department has flipped itself on. So I think he has an independent responsibility to investigate what happened and so so sounds like a lot of people are watching Judge Sullivan. Yeah and I think we started with this Mary. I think there's a lot of what's being written including That letter signed by two thousand and former DOJ officials. I think that a lot of what we're seeing is a lot of special pleading saying to judge Sullivan. Look this Hanky and for you to just dismiss it because they're asking you to dismiss. It is a miscarriage of justice. And I think a lot of what we're seeing. This week is some signaling to him that he needs to find out what happened late Tuesday afternoon. Judge Sullivan signaled. He wasn't ready to throw this case out he's allowing new briefs to be filed seeking more information about the DOJ's reasoning here. I want to end interview talking about William Bar because what happened with Michael. Flynn certainly says a lot about the trump administration in president trump himself and how he values loyalty. This is a a dance that requires two people. And William Bar has really made clear where he stands here that he is a loyalist. He will defend the president's right to do what he wants to do and he did an interview on. Cbs This week where he basically said history is written by the winners when history looks back on this decision. How do you think it will be written histories written by the winners? So it's largely depends on who's writing the history but I think affair history would say it was. It was a good decision because it it upheld the rule of law. It help. What what do you make of that? Yeah I mean I think he's been very consistent. Nobody can investigate the President. Nobody can indict the president nobody can sneeze at the president. I mean this has been his raison d'etre he's really made it his business to create this paties view of presidential power and authority and presidential untouchability. So this is just a bill Burr special and I think that there's no question that bill bar has a deep sense that justices about winners and losers. It's not about justice. It's about who has power and who doesn't and view of the world is that. I'm winning and I'm untouchable and Y'all sign your funny little letters. But I I'm the decider. Trump is the decider and this has worked and so I think in a strange way. What he's saying is what he believes to be true which is that. He's one dialectic. Thank you so much for joining me. Thank you dial. Lithuania writes about the courts and the law for slate. You can hear more of Dahlia on her podcast amicus. And that's the show. What next is produced by Jason Leone? Mary Wilson and Daniel Hewitt we love hearing from you especially right now as we are all dealing with the corona virus lockdown together. If you've got a story about how your Corentin is going how. The Corona virus is impacting. You get in touch. It could become a story for us. The number to call is two zero. Two eight eight two five eight eight. Thanks for listening. I'm Mary Harris. I'll talk to you tomorrow..

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"michael flynn" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis

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10:22 min | Last month

"michael flynn" Discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis

"So Flynn is an adviser during the transition to the trump presidency and then he assumes this national security advisor role. But I think in an interview that you did with Susan Hennessy. She called it. The world's briefest tenure in that role because he was fired almost immediately after being caught in this lie and the thing about it is that even at the time president trump seemed to be saying he's still a good guy. It was just a little lie. It's no big deal right and that's the thing remember. That was what he went win. Win Trump had his crazy ted with Jim Komi where he cleared the room and he said. Can you see your way clear to making this? Go Away that was about Mike. Flynn so yeah I think all the way through trump was who among us doesn't lie forty thousand times a day and so this was always I think. Trump's view was the lie was inconsequential although again worth pointing out trump. Fires him from this position so one of the most interesting things about the Michael. Flynn's story is how he shape shifts over time because flynn gets fired from the White House. And he's caught in this lie and it's. It's clear that you know he's going to be investigated and and he's GonNa face legal trouble. Any makes a decision which is reasonable. It's the kind of thing a lot of people in his situation would do. He decided to cooperate with the investigators. He pleads guilty is he helpful to the investigators at that point. I think he was initially very helpful. And I think this is one other thing. We should just note parenthetically. People plead guilty all the time right this is arguably a huge problem in the justice system. Is that people plead guilty because they have some court appointed attorney. Who has you know a file folder with one piece of paper in it and they say take the plea so it's easy to think and this is again we see this. You know the conversation around. Flan like poor guy you know. He was entrapped and he took this and he didn't do it. This is an incredibly sophisticated government actor who has incredible lawyers. This is not some poor guy who like shoplifted at Walmart. This is somebody who has been a public figure for a very very long time and represented by counsel not once but twice pleads guilty and says yes. I did all these things and so I think it's just important to separate him from the many many. Sorry souls who plead guilty without the advice of counsel without a sophisticated knowledge of what that implies so that's just like a sidebar but but then I think you're you're absolutely right. He cooperates with the Mueller investigation. Initially they're really happy with his cooperation. I think there's a feeling that he's giving useful Intel and he appears all over the mullahs report. And then I think that he felt as though he was not getting the kinds of rewards back for his cooperation that he expected. Flynn was facing a possible prison sentence. Despite the fact that he'd been cooperating with the investigation. So what does he do he blows up his plea deal? Fires his attorney and hires new council and he said you know what I changed my mind. I know I played. I pleaded guilty twice but I'm not guilty. The FBI was inappropriate in real time. We saw him revert from idea something bad. I'm going to try to act honorably. I'm going to admit to it and take my lumps to. It never happened and if it happens so what everybody lies you mentioned that. Flynn got this new any and she was quite key in bringing out this new evidence from FBI. Investigators that this team claimed showed a kind of entrapment of Michael. Flynn can we talk about what that evidence was? Yeah I think it's just internal notes. It shows that there was dissention as between the FBI and the Justice Department. You know there was one impulse to close the investigation into Flynn. During the transition there was another to keep it. It was never closed and so the idea that this investigation was somehow illicitly reopened after being closed is not factually true but I think that there was just a dispute as between the FBI and the Justice Department. I think the FBI got out over. It's skis and did some things that the DOJ didn't agree with. But I think that the entire notion that this is quote unquote brand new information that no one has seen. This is all stuff that Rod Rosenstein knew about. There's not much that is new. That has surfaced. But I think that what it does is it serves the same narrative that the FBI is illegitimate the DOJ got worked. And they agreed to go forward with this illegitimate prosecution and I think that the real story is. This happens all the time. There's always sort of Intra Inter agency bickering and the fact that there was disagreement between the FBI and the Justice Department doesn't mean that what the F. b. i. did was entrapment or unlawful or not legitimate. But that's the story that's been told really effectively. I like that you brought up. This evidence wasn't new. It had just always been there and it sort of just the way you package it and present it to people because it did take off in right wing media circles over the last year. This idea. That Michael Flynn was entrapped and it was. It was based on notes. Basically that were in the file enough that I think if you've worked in an office and brainstormed you're sort of use to people jotting down things like what's our goal here and it seems. I guess you could see it as entrapment but it also seems like the kind of stuff you jot down when you're in a meeting with someone and you're trying to figure something out. Yeah this is just tactics. This is what prosecutors do all the time I would commend to people. You know the best place to look as ever is Marcy Wheeler At empty wheel. Who sort of walks through all of this quote unquote newly discovered material? And at least a MARCI's view is there's not a single thing in here that is new and I think more pointedly. I'm trying to remember who wrote the piece in The Washington Post. But they said the one new thing that we could see that we've never seen is the actual transcript of the call between Mike Flynn and Sergei Kislyak. In other words that would be useful new information to know what was actually said in that call. That's been withheld. And what's been a unearthed as this shattering? New Revelations is Steph. That's been available to the judge all along. It really struck me that just last month the president was asked about Michael Flynn and whether he would pardon him and he seemed to pre-stage what's happened in the last week or so any said. Look I'm not the judge but you know we're GonNa need to pardon him well they like Michael Flynn would be exonerated. Based on everything. I see not the judge but I have a different type of our. But it's was just kind of jaw-dropping looking back that the president would say that and then a few weeks later his attorney general would decide to drop charges and I think that goes to how radically unprecedented this is. This just doesn't happen that the DOJ after having elicited to guilty pleas awaiting sentencing to have the Justice Department. Just be like we're out as by the way it was radically unprecedented for a bunch of career. Prosecutors to say this is the sentence we recommend for Roger Stone and then just have political appointees at the very top helicopter in and be like. Just kidding. We're going to give him a slap on the wrist. And so I think we're seeing actions coming out of the Justice Department that we don't see re surprised. Yeah Yeah Yeah I was because I think we all were ready for the pardon and I think trump has already shown us that he doesn't hesitate to use his pardon powers indiscriminately and so. I think that there was a sense. That look he's got an easy way to do this in house like why reach out and get the Justice Department to compromise. Its own standards when he can just do it and not be held to account. And that's I think why there's this underground ripple of real alarm because I think it's one thing for the president to abuses pardon powers. It's something entirely different when the Justice Department has been conscripted into that project. So you're saying this is worse. Well Yeah I. I don't think there's any dispute that this is worse. This is now using the apparatus of the legal system to do a thing that trump could have done on his own steam. But now he's really creating and that's what you're reading that anxiety in the former justice department employees letter once you're out of.

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"michael flynn" Discussed on The Asset

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08:13 min | 2 months ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on The Asset

"I don't really understand why Flynn lie to the FBI was. He didn't just say that yes. He talked about sanctions with the Russian ambassador and he tried to get Russia to retaliate against the United States in why he didn't just go back to the FBI right away when this became an issue and say yeah. I did talk about sanctions. What's the big deal? Because here's the thing. Russia not addicting our diplomats not closing our facilities is good for the United States of America. Putin not responding is good for us. While Yeah Flynn's efforts are definitely underhanded and shady. The idea that Flynn was in violation of the Logan. Act some seventeen ninety eight law that literally never seemed to have ever been enforced. Seems a real stretch. The only way this actually makes any sense to me. Is that the phone call with Kislyak is way more incriminating and sounds a lot more like a quid pro quo with. Kislyak saying something like hey you know what we did for you in. Flynn responding with something. Akin to yeah. I know what you guys did and we appreciate it in. Don't worry we're going to look getting rid of sanctions when we get in. But you know if you guys respond with sanctions in retaliate. It would make it really hard for us to do that. If this is the case in would probably fall short of a direct quid pro quo in there for wouldn't directly established that there was a conspiracy in plus they got. Flynn to plead guilty for lying so they don't need to bring additional charges against Flynn when a judge sentencing saw the underlying materials in the transcript of the calls. He asked if Moore's team contemplated charging Flynn with treason. It was a dramatic hearing today with Judge Emmet Sullivan. Telling Flynn quote. I am not hiding my disgust for your criminal offense and even pressing the prosecutor representing the special counsel's Office on whether they considered charging flynn with treason. There's also a pretty easy way for us to know. They should declassify and release the transcripts of the calls. Let's be clear. There is no national security reason to keep those calls. Classified the Russians know the National Security Agency was monitoring Kislyak's calls. The whole world knows the calls were leaked by the intelligence community to the Washington. Post after all so. Why are those call transcripts still secret because someone actually has to take the step to declassify them? They're classified until someone says they're not in no one's doing that in my guess. Is that if we got to see the full transcripts. The Flynn story would make a lot more sense. We still don't have the full story. It remains classified. It remains redacted the Department of Justice in the FBI recently released a ton of three. Oh twos at interviews that were requested by Buzzfeed in a freedom of Information Act request and the result is really not much new resumes all redacted in. We're still waiting for a judge to provide more of the more report is he. Determined that bars. Reductions were baseless in the public outright to now in on May Seventh Adam. Schiff has finally been released by the intelligence community to publish the interview transcripts from his Russia investigation and they all went up on the House website. Just hours after these transcripts were posted. Maggie Hamer of the New York Times pointed out that Steve Bannon likely lied to Congress and that is on top of Michael Cohen. Roger Stone in other trump figures lying to congress as well so the congressional interviews while end clearly trump figures at testified before them felt degree of impunity. They felt they could get away with it. What we should not lose sight of in all of this in the everything that's taken place over the last few years because trump Shirley has and is that the Russian investigation has resulted in the most damning report ever written about President. The Miller report that report should have ended trump's presidency. Frankly more had it. He had the goods. The President Justice hampering his investigation in yet clear evidence that the president's campaign colluded with Russia that more couldn't quite say that trump conspired with Russia which met a higher legal standards but he had evidence clear evidence that trump obstructed the investigation. In why did he obstruct the investigation? Because he was hiding that he conspired with the Russians that he colluded with the Russians but House. Democratic leaders froze. They just froze. They did relatively nothing in got played by the White House. The more report was not as jarring as it might have seemed because one bar spun the report. Prior to the release of the more report bar had credibility people thought he was an establishment. Figure out to protect the sanctity of the Department of Justice in so when he released his four-page letter spinning the report. People bought it. People said Oh i Guess Muller found nothing but second we had lived through the more report it lived through all the major revelations that were in the report. It didn't feel that knew when it was released. We known about the June ninth meeting. We known about various things that had been revealed in the report. But the lesson of all this. The lesson of the Russia investigation of impeachment of bars decision today is frankly. That trump is corrupt. He's a crook in that he's willing to do whatever it takes to protect himself into protect themselves now. He has to stay in power. He's if he leaves power he can be prosecuted for a number of potential crimes. Remember all the way back in February of twenty eighteen when Michael Cohen testified before Congress and he outlined more than ten potential crimes that trump had committed in those weren't related to Russia. They were related to his business. Trump is under immense scrutiny. In we'll be once. He Leaves Office into avoid that legal scrutiny. He has to stay in power. Trump needs to remain president and so with the corona virus erupting throughout the country in his electoral prospects. Tumbling trump is gonNA try to do anything to stay in office in Twenty Sixteen. He was willing to work with the Russians to win. He assure willing to do that again. And now he has a compliant intelligence community. That's not going to stand up to him but he also has the Justice Department and that's what we wearing today. We sort of knew it already but bars decision willingness to subvert the rule of law pervert justice to help his dear leader. Donald trump means at bar will be willing to do whatever trump wants. This is the most important election of our lifetimes. Our democracy is at stake in. Unfortunately we were reminded of that today. The asset is a production of the Center for American progress. Action Fund protect the investigation and district productive. Paul Woody Woodhall Max Bergmann and Andrea Purse Executive Producers and Peter Auburn senior producer. The asset is written by Mex- Bergman. And the good people at the Moscow. Project. Jeremy vinick Talia dessel and CNC GORILLA and the team at protect the investigation. And Paul would he would all his covert at district productive learn more about Russian interference in the two thousand sixteen presidential election go to the Moscow project DOT ORG and protect the investigation dot org. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple podcasts or your favorite podcast APP and please leave a rating and review. Thank you I'm Max Beckmann. And this is and the Russians also knew the General Flynn had misled the vice president and others and that created a compromise situation a situation where the national security advisor essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians..

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"michael flynn" Discussed on The Asset

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09:40 min | 2 months ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on The Asset

"Two days after the election. When trump came to the Oval Office Obama himself personally warned trump against hiring. Flynn had the opportunity to have the next conversation with president elect trump it was wide ranging. We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up White House. Well thank you very much. This was a meeting that was going to last for maybe ten fifteen minutes and they're just going to get to know each other. We had never met each other. We really we discussed a lot of different situation. Some wonderful in some difficulties in we now know from the Miller report that Flynn was already being investigated by the F. B. I. Forest context with Russia. My guess is the intelligence community. Likely had an aneurysm back in December. Twenty fifteen when they saw former head of a US intelligence agency sitting next of ladder poon at the RT gala. Sitting there like his trophy. They wouldn't have been cool with that in probably start investigation afterwards. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Who was running trump's transition team and not one with the cleanest record even worn trump about hiring flynn yet trump hired him anyway in. Christie was removed from the transition team on December. Twenty ninth though Bama Administration announced it was sanctioning nine Russian individuals and entities evicting thirty five Russians here in an official capacity in the United States in seizing to Russian government owned compounds in the US. This was done explicitly in response to Russia's interference in the election. Now along those actions but we've already been talking about our sanctions against nine entities and individuals including officials from the Russian intelligence services also from the FSBA which is What the KGB To Russian intelligence services for individual officers of Russian intelligence three companies that provided material support to those cyber operations Also the secretary of the Treasury is designating two Russian individuals for using cyber enabled means To 'cause misappropriation of funds and personally identifying information after this announcement the Russians frantically sought to get in touch with Flynn embassador. Kislyak texted him in. Flynn missed the call from the Russian Embassy. The morning of the twenty ninth. Flynn was on a beach in the Dominican Republic. The sanctions caused a flurry of activity amongst the transition team. Many of whom were at mar-a-lago Katie McFarland. A former Fox News commentator and at this point was designated as Deputy National Security Adviser. Flynn's number two began shooting off emails to transition officials. Flynn wrote to a transition official quote. Tit for tat with Russia. Not Good Ambassador reaching out to me today. Mcfarland and Steve Bannon discussed the sanctions in Bannon. Worried that if the Russians escalated it would make it harder for the trump team to improve relations with Russia. Mcfarland then called Flynn before she was set to brief trump macfarlane then briefed trump with all the other senior members of the Transition Team on what Flynn was going to say Flynn than had the call. You know what's so odd about this process actually nothing? This looks like a fairly normal policy process. Flynn wasn't just shooting from the HIP Flynn had coordinated what he was going to say on sanctions with the transition team. Trump had been briefed. Flynn even told malware that he chose not to call Kislyak in talk sanctions until he heard back from mar-a-lago this looks pretty normal policy coordination. Something that has been kind of rare during the trump administration during the call. Flynn according to more requested that Russia not escalate the situation in avoid getting into a quote for tat he asked that Russia only respond in a reciprocal manner the next day. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia would respond. But just two hours later Vladimir Putin said Russia would not take action that they would not retaliate. So WanNa get to this Response from President Putin because he has just announced deciding not to expel diplomats and in fact in the statement he released he goes on to invite all American children of US diplomats in Russia to New Year and Christmas tree celebrations. In the Kremlin in the State Department. We were stunned. Putin not retaliate. That's his Mo trump even tweeted quote. Great Move On delay by V Putin a New Year's Eve Kislyak wrote to Flynn telling him that his requests that Russia not retaliate had been received at the highest levels and that his request was why Russia was not responding. Flynn in McFarland exchanged verbal. Hi FIS in. Flynn believed his call had made the difference but on January Twelfth The Washington Post David Ignatius well sourced in the intelligence world. Wrote About Flynn's calls with Kislyak Flynn than apparently told Vice President Pence in incoming chief of staff priebus that he didn't talk about sanctions pence then went on face the nation and said just to button up one question did any advisor or anybody in the trump campaign. Have any contact with the Russians. Who were trying to meddle in the election. Of course not and I think I think to suggest that is to give give credence to some of these. These bizarre rumors swirled around the candidacy. And I talked to General Flynn about that. That conversation actually was initiated when On Christmas Day he sent a text to the Russian ambassador to express Not only Christmas wishes but Sympathy for the loss of life in the airline crash that took place. It was strictly coincidental that they had a conversation. They did not discuss anything having to do with The United States decision to expel diplomats or or impose a censure against rush on January twenty fourth literally his second workday is National Security Advisor. Flynn was by the FBI by Peter. Struck who Republicans would later try to tar for his text messages in their Flynn. Lie to the. Fbi Flynn's conversation with the FBI raised concerns in the Justice Department. The Acting Attorney General. Sally Yates met the White House counsel Don mcgann to say that flint statements were not true and that he could be compromised by the Russians. Here's Yates describing it at a Senate hearing in. May twenty seventeen I had to in-person meetings and one phone call with the White House counsel about Mr Flint. The first meeting occurred on January. Twenty six call Don mcgann first thing that morning and told him that. I had a very sensitive matter that I needed to discuss with him. That I couldn't talk about it on the phone and that I needed to come see him. We weren't the only ones that knew all of this that the Russians also knew about what General Flynn had done and the Russians also knew the General Flynn had misled the vice president and others because in the media council it was clear from the vice president and others that they were repeating what General. Flynn had told them that. This was a problem because not only do we believe that the Russians knew this but that they likely had proof of this information on January twenty seventh the day after Sally Yates Call Don. Mcgann trump decided to call. Komi in invite him over for dinner. Qomi said sure and showed up but when Komi showed up he was shocked it was just him in trump. Just him in the president for dinner and at this dinner trump press Komi for loyalty saying quote. I need loyalty. I expect loyalty in. Komi squirmed responding. You will always get honesty for me eventually. Vice President Pence Rent Priebus and Don mcgann. According to Bob Woodward's book fear went to the situation room to read the transcripts of the call in there. They saw that. Flynn did indeed talk about sanctions in. They determined that he had to go for lying to the vice president for wying about a conversation he coordinated with mar-a-lago on February ninth. The Washington Post reported that Flynn did indeed talk about sanctions and so a few days later on February thirteenth. Flynn was told by previous that. He had to resign the president's National Security Adviser General Michael. Flynn suddenly resigned late last night. This follows questions about his conversations with Russian officials during the presidential transition general. Flynn admitted. He didn't tell Vice. President Mike Pence and other officials everything about those discussions. He is the shortest serving national security adviser now in modern history. There's a lot to unpack here. Trump was clearly really nervous about Flynn being prosecuted and it seems really nervous about what Flynn would tell Komi in. He seemed to think if Flynn stood strong. And Komi took it easy. This would all go away while that is clear. I have to say over the last two plus years. I've thought a lot about this chain of events and I don't quite get.

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"michael flynn" Discussed on The Asset

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07:40 min | 2 months ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on The Asset

"On December. Tenth Twenty Fifteen Russia's state news channel. Rt had a gala to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Rt had been created ten years ago to be the Russian CNN. But this wasn't just a news network when intelligence community released its report on Russian interference just a year after this gala it would label rt as a key pillar in Russian influence efforts and shortly thereafter the US government would take the usual step of requiring archie employees to register with the Department of Justice. See to the US government. They weren't journalists. They were foreign agents in at its tenth anniversary gala. In Twenty fifteen there were lots of important Russian figures in attendance. It was a. Who's who crowd miquel broker? Who owns the Nets Victor Vessel Berg? In of course Vladimir Putin himself one person not able to attend was Julian assange factor of wikileaks. Who used to have his own show on RT? He was holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy. But he was able to appear via satellite and even hosted one of the panels but as Russia's elite sat at the outer tables the central table. The table where Vladimir Putin was sitting. How Desire Hodgepodge of foreigners mostly politicians there was a deputy prime minister of the Czech Republic. Who once claimed that Ukraine didn't want to be part of the E U? There was a former member of the German parliament known for his outspoken criticism of American foreign policy. There was a Bosnian film director. And his wife. Who were big supporters of the Kremlin? There are also Putin's top aides at the table. His chief of staff his deputy chief of staff who according to the January six twenty seventeen intelligence community report oversaw. The Russian government's propaganda and there was Putin's top aide Dmitry Peskov but also at the table were two Americans sitting next to Peskov. Was Jill Stein. The Green Party candidate for president in frequent commentator on rt in across the table from her sitting right next of Ladimir Putin himself was retired. General and trump's future national security adviser. Michael Flynn the story of how Michael Flynn got to that gala in Moscow is important. Michael Flynn excelled serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as an intelligence officer he specialized in finding and fixing targets. He was also a bit of a contrarian willing to go to blows with the rest of the intelligence community when he felt like they were getting things wrong. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan got him promoted in the Obama Administration to Lieutenant General in a job as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency the DIA. Which is the Pentagon's intelligence service for all his talents in the field. Though Flynn was at sea in Washington it was a Pentagon job it was a Washington Job. It was in just about finding and fixing targets. It wasn't operational. It was analytical in Flynn's tenure was chaotic his contrarian nature and often loose relationship with data went his staff to develop the derisive phrase Flynn facts. In Flint's contrarian streak continued as a military officer coming into his own after nine eleven counterterrorism was Flynn's focus in as DIA head. He seemed to see Russia as a potential ally. So in two thousand thirteen justice as the reset with Russia was fraying. Flynn went to Moscow in visited. Gru headquarters the headquarters of Russian military intelligence he became the first US officer to be allowed inside the building and he was greeted very warmly. Stephen Hall CIA's former. Chief of Russia operations told The New Yorker that trying to build inroads with the jar. You seemed quote at best clinging naive because every time we have tried to have some sort of meaningful cooperation with the Russians. It's almost always been manipulated in turn back against us and quote yet just a few months. After Flynn returned from Moscow. He tried to return the favor in invite several senior. Gru officers to the United States but Russia had just annexed Crimea in the director of National Intelligence. James Clapper stopped the trip by April of twenty fourteen. The Dia was fairly chaotic state. In winless told he wouldn't be extended he was effectively fired in. He didn't take it well. Flynn was bitter. Getting pushed out a senior military official at his retirement ceremony told The New Yorker that it was clear he was quote loading up and he was not going to go quietly now. Flint had been in the military since nineteen eighty one when he was twenty three years old in for many military officers. That transition to an unstructured civilian life is difficult. But Flynn went pretty typical route. He started a national security consulting agency with his son in so flynn was looking for clients looking for people companies governments interested in his expertise. Flynn had a lot of money coming in from places like Turkey. More than five hundred thousand dollars in fact he was acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Turkey. He was also hired by a firm seeking to push something called the Mideast Marshall Plan which would involve US Russian nuclear power cooperation in the middle. East Flynn would later push this plan. When he became national security adviser raising huge alarms throughout the National Security Council staff but Flynn was also clearly on Russia's rate arm. He had been to one of their intelligence agency's headquarters and so by December twenty fourteen. Flynn was making semi regular appearances on. Rt I do think that that Russia and the United States have to work together on this and I think that there is an international coalition that needs to be brought together. But I do believe adamant about this that I think that from not only a diplomatically but also militarily Russia and the United States working together and trying to work with the other partners that we all have in this region Ken. Ken For him up with some other solutions even getting paid by Russia at least five thousand dollars per year between the RT gig speaking fees from other kremlin-backed companies he also received forty five thousand dollars to attend the RT gala. Now four former general head of an intelligence agency. You're supposed to report this funding. In fact get permission to take foreign money but Flynn did not in so here. In December Twenty Fifteen Michael Flynn the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency with celebrating the tenth anniversary of Russia's propaganda network and looking like Vladimir Putin's trophy as Putin finished his speech. Flynn leapt up. In gave a Standing Ovation Michigan we months later in late February twenty sixteen as Donald trump suddenly winning primaries in needing to build out a foreign policy team. Michael Flynn's started advising the trump campaign Reuters at the time described. Flynn as quote wanting the United States to work more closely with Russia. I'm Max Bergmann in. This is the asset.

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"michael flynn" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

15:36 min | 2 months ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

"From the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal this is Potomac. Watch a couple of developments on the accusation. That Joe Biden Assaulted a female staffer terror read in Nineteen ninety-three. Let's start with the discovery by the San Luis Obispo Tribune of some court documents filed in nineteen ninety six in connection with reads divorce so her then husband wrote in a court document that quote on several occasions petitioner related a problem she was having at work regarding sexual harassment in us. Senator Joe Biden's office Petitioner told me she eventually struck a deal with the chief of staff of the senator's office in left her position. It was obvious that this event had very traumatic effect on her and she's still sensitive affected by today unquote so that does not say that Biden himself was the person for the alleged conduct and it's also claim of harassment and not assault but bill. To me this is a a huge problem for Joe Biden because it's a near contemporaneous document backing up Tara. Reid's claim that she's been telling some kind of story like this since shortly after it allegedly happened particularly in these papers because Believe it was with her husband right. She's getting divorced. No reason for him to lie. He's the one that Brings it up. So I think we've there's nothing conclusive yet but as this case has gone on more and more little things kind of fit with her story And especially this one so. I don't know that we'll ever prove it. Because the she herself admits there was There was no one there when Joe Biden did what she alleges him to have done. But I'll have to say I think it makes it a lot harder for the former vice president just to blow these accusations off at hand you know they keep saying there's no she's inconsistent and so forth but actually I'm kind of struck by the consistency here she clearly. She believes something happened right. Whether did or not but she she's been saying that for a long time and I think this is troubling and who knows what else is going to pop up next and it seems like a will make it harder for Joe Biden to resist opening his personal records to see what may be in there But the second development is that Tara read seems to now be going a little bit on the offensive. She has reportedly retained a lawyer. Who represented several of the women who accused Harvey Weinstein And then she sat for an interview with Megan Kelly. The whole tape of that has not been posted yet. But there's Fuchs making the rounds in one of them capterra read says that she would be happy to talk about this under oath if there is an occasion for that she'd be happy to submit to cross examination and she would even be willing to do a lie detector test if Joe Biden agrees to the same yeah I think we can assume that Joe Biden isn't going to be sitting down for a lie detector test any time soon and we'll see what else she had to say in that interview when it comes out if she provides yet more evidence or specifics but I agree with you that the probably the biggest thing that will come out of this and where the story goes next is increasing pressure on Biden to somehow locate Documents that had to do with his personnel At the time He was in the Senate and to release them because one of the things. That's interesting about that court documents. You just mentioned is that it. It talks about his chief of staff and makes the claim that she struck a deal with them and then left her position and so the Biden campaign. rolled out a comment again from Ted Kaufman. Who was Biden's chief of staff at the time and he said quote I have consistently said. What is the truth here that she never came to me? Kauffman said I do not remember her. Had she come to me? In any of these circumstances I would remember her but I do not because she did not so again. That is going to put a lot of pressure on the campaign to to open up whatever records the press may need to see to try to find these old documents or to see if there were ever any other complaints I don't see how the Biden campaign this point skates out of that. Yeah but at least some Democrats are still trying to just push this aside. So Dianne Feinstein the raking senator on the Judiciary Committee told CNN that this is not comparable at all the accusations against Brett Cavanaugh. And she said that Tara. Reid came out of nowhere. Where has she been all these years? He was vice. President Unquote basically suggesting that these these allegations would have come out earlier. Had they been true And I wonder if it's going to have an effect on some of these Democratic Senate candidates to in Maine Bill the Challenger to Susan Collins is basically running on an anti cavenaugh platform presenting Susan Collins is vote for Cavanaugh is trail and Realclearpolitics reporter there will ask reached out to the Challenger and asked for a comment and did not get any reply right. Look I think is putting a lot of pressure on a lot of people not just Joe Biden starting with the press corps. I agree that this case. Nothing like Brad Kavanagh's because the people came forward with Brent Gavin Julie Nick accusing him of participating in gang rape and their stories melted almost immediately Christine Blazey Ford said. These people are at the party that can tell you what happened. And none of them backdrop whereas we're getting these little tidbits that make tarried more credible. I'm I don't know what happened. Who's telling the truth but I find it's not as easy to write her off as it might have been a few weeks ago and I think it's going to put pressure on all sorts of people outside Biden and the reason is the entire Party adapted to believe the woman standard during Brett Cavallo hearings. And now they want to change the standard. And it's it's awkward for them. It's embarrassing because they're trying to reconcile what's not reconcilable right and then a third topic in a week of plenty of news. The Justice Department on Thursday dropped its case against Michael. Flynn the president's former national security advisor. Flynn had originally pleaded guilty to making false statements the FBI But now the Justice Department is saying that the FBI is interview of him. Kim Was not conducted with any legitimate investigative basis. Here's the important point. What separates are f. b. i. from you know the Stasi or secret police and other places is that we require it to articulate an actual crime if it's going to do an interview and have that interview tethered to that crime the FBI did in this case is They had an open counterintelligence investigation into Mr Flynn which they were about to close because they had found absolutely nothing with regards to see a broad allegations that he may be working with the Russians or colluding The reason they wanted to interview him was his soda. Absurd Logan Act theory that he'd broken this seventeen ninety nine law But even the Department of Justice had decided that that was never going to fly in court and so they never opened an actual investigation into it. And yet that's what they asked him about as they sat down and conducted an interview. That in theory was related to a completely separate investigation and so As the Justice Department said this interview was untethered to an unjustified by the FBI counterintelligence investigation and therefore conducted was not conducted with a legitimate investigative basis. So that's the of legal background substantive legal ground for why they dropped the charges. I think there's plenty more to say to you about what on earth anybody was ever doing looking at the Logan Charge. And why on Earth Bob Mueller months later was still on this But you know those are those are questions that we're going to continue to look at us. More documents come outs. And the the reaction to this bill has been that this is the poet politicization of justice. Nancy Pelosi is saying that attorney. General bars politicization of justice knows no bounds. Comma Harris is calling for attorney. General Bar resign saying that he is consistently done. Donald Trump's bidding and corrupted our justice system unquote But the the Flynn Review. If I'm if I'm reading the stories right I mean that was not done only by bill bar but was also reviewed by another separate. Us Attorney right right. Jeff Johnson and Saint Louis. I'm look the just to to Concentrate on the Flynn case which Kim Has reported in just a brilliant y. The main thing that happened was that he got a new defense attorney. Sydney pal and she started questioning he had. He got this attorney after he had pleaded guilty. Now now we know. He was kind of bullied into it because he feared that his son would be prosecuted. We know further that the deal not to prosecute his son. Was this sort of thing. Not written down somewhere because they didn't want to expose that as well so she came in and she said they are holding material. They know which is expeditionary and she took a lot of abuse because people say she was endangering her client. Her job was to keep Jail they had that agreement but You know she believed it was an innocent man and she proved it. I and we're still waiting for documents. Such as the original three to like every response to everything. Bill Bar has done has been ad. Hominem calling him names. These are the same people by the way. A lot of these people if you look at The other papers that were released you know from Adam Shifts Office about his interviews about the Russian collusion that featured all these people in public. You know calling trump agent of Russia or saying. They had seen evidence of collusion. That was not circumstantial and then cross examination under oath in private the exact opposite. I don't know anything I mean. Start with James Clapper who I believe called trump Russian asset in public and so forth and in private said he had no evidence for any of this so I think that's what bill bars enduring now but I think he expected it. He's a he's an adult. He came into this job knowing the problems and he was there to clean out the stables. And he's doing it. He's doing it in a way and you know he's effective. Because they're screaming Kim there. There were some other documents as as bill to released related to this collusion story. What did we learn from them this week? Well in particular what you have are the transcripts from the interviews that were conducted by the House Intelligence Committee back when it was being run by. Devin newness And there are more than fifty of them and what had happened is at the end of that investigation when newness and Republicans have found that. There was no evidence of collusion are. There was a vote on the committee to make them public and yet Adam. Schiff has been Sitting on them even though they had already gone through the declassification process and now we're seeing why he was finally under pressure he finally put them out and they're showing a parade of officials including former Obama Department officials who testified under oath in front of the committee that they had never seen any evidence of collusion or issues which was quite different from what they end up saying later when they left their jobs and went to become TV personalities. So I mean where does that. Leave us in evaluating what the FBI did Where the I mean? The collusion narrative had already fallen apart by now. But what's what bill. What's left to do here? What's left to discover? Well the first thing that is left is to get all the information out. I mean there's been a lot of investigation and we're still waiting for documents even from the review that Jeff. Jensen commenced one of them that I'm particularly interested in is one of Sydney Pals. I demands the original three. Oh two from the FBI. That's the form when the FBI interviews you. The agent writes down Kyle Peterson told me this. He said this and that and then they sign in. That's the record. While in Michael Flynn's case we know that it was edited heavily by Peter Struck. And somehow we don't have the original. I'd like to see what those changes are. I WANNA know if it's like the changes that Kevin Clients think it's Kevin Kline Smith put in the FIS of application where they had a note from the FBI. Saying basically Carter page. Cooperating work with us..

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"michael flynn" Discussed on WBBM Newsradio

WBBM Newsradio

01:37 min | 2 months ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on WBBM Newsradio

"Said that Michael Flynn would come back even bigger and better so are you going to pardon him and if so are you considering to bring them back into your well it looks to me like Michael Flynn would be exonerated based on everything I see I'm not the judge but I have a different type of power but I don't know that anybody would have to use that power I think he's exonerated everything I've never seen anything like it what they did what they wrote you see this general you wouldn't want this happening to you what they did to general Flynn and it's just disgraceful so you know I guess we'll get to that maybe someday or maybe not hopefully we won't have to get there frame back into your ministration well I think he's a fine man I think it's terrible what they did to him is something that nobody's asked me but you're asking me for the first time I would certainly consider it yeah I would I think he's I think he's a fine man I think he's got a great family he loves his son I will tell you his son was around a lot and he loves his son as people generally do and they did everything possible to destroy him and he's still breathing very strongly but they really hurt him very badly very very unfair Christian quick follow up in what could I do have a coronavirus related question what what capacity did you bring him back if only to look I mean I'm not even this is really the first time I've been asked the question but I think you'll be fully exonerated one way the other and so certainly he'd be capable of coming back he suffered greatly about comments.

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"michael flynn" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

04:33 min | 1 year ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

"So that was just yesterday at the Washington court house here, nNcholas Schmidl and Mark Fisher. I'm very glad that you both were able to join us today because I've been so impressed with the the deep reporting that you've done about Flynn's career and spoken to you know, both him last year and people very close to him. So so Mark Fisher, let me just start with you here. Take us back. I mean how far back in Flynn's career. Do we need to go? You know, his time in the military as Lieutenant General as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. We'd how far back do we need to go to see is there a point in which you know, his his pass sort of bifurcated to in the direction that he ended up now as divided as people are about Michael Flynn as you as you just heard in those different chance. There's one thing that unifies everyone who knows him. And that is that something changed something turned. Nd in Michael Flynn. Now, there are some people who say he may have harbored these views going way back, but he was at least conforming to the military tradition of nonpartisanship during a very story thirty three year career in the army, but at some point over the last few years beginning while he was at the Defense Intelligence Agency, which he was director of under President Obama. He began to spout. These odd. Ideas of people at the agency called them Flynn facts, and they were the kinds of things that you would get from Breitbart or Alex Jones they were fringy notions about American power. They were a extreme denunciations of Islam. They were embraces of pizza gate the notion that Hillary Clinton ran a sex ring in the basement of a north west Washington pizza parlor, he was picking some of this up from his son, Michael junior. And and some people say that Flynn turned when he was fired by Obama's top people removed from the DIA his cO. He's lost his career. His mother died around the same time. He's reuniting with his son who's quite extreme in his own social media presentation. And somehow Michael Flynn this reasonably measured conforming military officer becomes kind of a wild is extremist. Well, so so and he was fired by Obama from the Defense Intelligence Agency in two thousand fourteen right? The nNcholas middle. I mean, I I I was reading back for your terrific two thousand seventeen piece in the New Yorker about about general Flynn. And you know, you quote, several members of the former members of the military close to him who called him one of the finest leaders the army has ever produced and yet at the same time. He also. Showed. I don't know. Do you call it an independent streak or a willingness to go rogue? You know what? I mean, he published reports over the heads of his superiors right right right now. So I I agree with Mark about the the notion that there was a there was an abrasive sort of partisanship at a certain point after he left a military or or sort of towards the end, maybe even his tenure at the Defense Intelligence Agency. But where I would disagree a little bit is that he the notion that he was conforming, and he's sort of prided himself on being sort of nonconformist, and and being an iconic class, and and that economy class on dates back to about the two thousand four time period when he was the intelligence director for the joint special operations command the sort of elite terrorism hunters J sock unit one of which, you know, one of their units seal team six that eventually tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden, so this was you know, Flynn's Flynn's approach to kind of counter terrorism. Raise was was was very out of the box. And. That that defined both gotta have had a tactical level as well as at a strategic levels defined who he was how he saw himself. And so later as he leaves government. Yes, there's an abrasive partisanship. There's there's a you know, a embrace of conspiracy theories. But I sort of think that it's it's almost it's a little bit more of a gradual trajectory, and this notion that kinda class him, then sort of consumed and became everything that he was and so there he lost all boundaries. They're there. And so it was in many ways, very natural fit. When he was introduced Donald Trump, Mark Fisher. What do you say to that? Well, I think that's right..

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"michael flynn" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

04:33 min | 1 year ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

"So that was just yesterday at the Washington court house here nNcholas middle and Mark Fisher. I'm very glad that you both were able to join us today because I've been so impressed with the the deep reporting that you've done about Flynn's career and spoken to you know, both him last year and people very close to him. So so Mark Fisher, let me just start with you here. Take us back. I mean how far back in Flynn's career. Do we need to go? You know, his time in the military as tenant general as head of the the Defense Intelligence Agency. We'd how far back do we need to go to see is there a point in which you know, his his pass sort of bifurcated to in the direction that he ended up now as divided as people are about Michael Flynn as you as you just heard in those different chance. There's one thing that unifies everyone who knows him. And that is that something changed something turned. Nd in Michael Flynn. Now, there are some people who say he may have harbored these views going way back, but he was at least conforming to the military tradition of nonpartisanship during a very storied thirty three year career in the army, but at some point over the last few years beginning while he was at the Defense Intelligence Agency, which he was director of under President Obama. He began to spout. These odd. Ideas of people at the agency called them Flynn facts, and they were the kinds of things that you would get from Breitbart or Alex Jones they were fringy notions about American power. They were a. Extreme denunciations of Islam. They were embraces of pizza gate the notion that Hillary Clinton ran a sex ring in the basement of a north west Washington pizza parlor, he was picking some of this up from his son, Michael junior. And and some people say that Flynn turned when he was fired by Obama's top people removed from the DIA is who he's lost his career. His mother died around the same time. He's reuniting with his son who's quite extreme in his own social media presentation. And somehow Michael Flynn this. Reasonably measured, conforming military officer becomes kind of a wild eyed extremist. Well, so so and he was fired by Obama from the Defense Intelligence Agency in two thousand fourteen right? The the nNcholas middle. I mean, I I I was reading back for your terrific two thousand seventeen piece in the New Yorker about about general Flynn, and you quote, several members of the former members of the military close to him who called him one of the finest leaders the army has ever produced and yet at the same time. He also showed I don't know. Do you call it an independent streak or a willingness to go rogue when he published reports over the heads of his superiors, right right right now. So I I agree with Mark about the the notion that there was a there was an abrasive sort of partisanship at a certain point after he left the military or or sort of towards the end, maybe even his tenure at the Defense Intelligence Agency. But. Where I would disagree a little bit is that he the notion that he was conforming, and he's sort of prided himself on being a sort of nonconformist, and and being an iconic class, and and that economy class on dates back to about the two thousand four time period when he was the intelligence director for the spouse special operations command this sort of elite terrorism hunters J sock unit one of which one of their units have seal team six that eventually tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden, so this was you know, Flynn's Flynn's approach to kind of counter terrorism. Raise was was was very out of the box, and that that defined both got to have a tactical level as well as at a strategic levels defined who he was how he saw himself. And so later as he leaves government. Yes, there's an abrasive partisanship. There's there's a you know, a embrace of conspiracy theories. But I sort of think that it's it's it's almost it's a little bit more of a gradual trajectory, and this notion that. I kinda class him then sort of consumed and became everything that he was. And so there he lost all boundaries. They're there. And so it was in many ways, very natural fit. When he was introduced to Donald Trump, Mark Fisher. What do you say to that? Well, I think that's right..

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"michael flynn" Discussed on Hard Factor

Hard Factor

03:52 min | 1 year ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on Hard Factor

"Welcome to another upload part Bagger to Wednesday. December nineteenth our top stories of the day. Barks gonna take one about Michael Flynn's, but whole clinching morning. It was sentencing day or was it. Interesting pats going to do what about the Trump foundation being forced to dissolve in? This is really going to affect a lot of charitable. No. It's not. West good take one about a woman who defended her dragon. They typically seen on her front lawn that MRs Rowan, she sure is a kooky one. Nice. And I'll take a sort of lightning round of other headlines, take it away, Mark. All right. So Michael Flynn. You know, the guy who lied to the FBI and getting in trouble for it after he was off Scot free. Switch white guys. He. Yeah. He's one of the white guys. One of several white guys associated with Trump. That's in trouble. So today federal judge for sorry on Tuesday, a federal judge postponed. The sentencing of Michael Flynn. He was obviously the first national security advisor for Donald Trump. And he was this hearing was in the federal district court in Washington, but the judge did pretty much threatened to send us into the death earlier in the day before staying his sentence. So judge Emmet g Sullivan called morning. Judge Sullivan called Mr. Flynn's crimes a very serious offense and said he could not hide his disgust at what Mr Flynn had done. He said, and I quote, all along you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser, Mr Flynn arguably that undermines everything that this flag over here stands for arguably you sold out your country. Arguably this part, I'm just making up arguably your fucking treasonous bastard at one point the judge did ask the prosecutors if. Mr. Flint committed treason, like looking for them to be like. Yeah. And instead the prosecutors the prosecutor Brandon van graph was like no judge if you could just calm down. We're looking for a six-month sentence. He's cooperating with us. So little little bit of different terms there between the prosecutor, and the judge how spews out confused you think Flynn was like he thought he was walking into like a cupcake meeting. Probably. Yes. Would you? Stop flag, shaming Mr Flynn, please. It was absolute head spin head-spinning moment. I'm sure where the judge was spitting mad and throwing the trees. Later in the hearing, the judge did correct himself noting that Mr. Flynn's work on behalf of Turkey, which is one of the treasonous things that he did ended in mid November two thousand sixteen before Mr Flynn became national security adviser. So since you he wasn't in that role. It wasn't really treason. So he apologized and said he felt terrible about that portion of calling amount. But you know, he also still was like your bona fide schmuck? Michael Flynn, and I don't trust you. So the the judge gave Flynn the option of delaying the sentence until he had completed his cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors, which I think he thought he had already done, and he said, I cannot assure that if you proceed today, you will not receive a sentence of incarceration, hint hint. If you ask for your to suspend it and keep talking to the prosecutors. You will go off on probation only enough that easy trader, right? You didn't say enough in nineteen interviews that that is good enough. So you have to keep singing for three or four months. So Mr Flynn read between the lines and after a quick recess said had judge do you want to go ahead and suspend my sentencing? So I can talk to the prosecutors for few more months and the judge said, yes. So now, I think it's in March that will be the next sentencing so between now and March he'll be having several more things to say. Yeah. But whole relaxed for now. And real quick Flynn. The prosecutors were only asking for six months in prison and Flynn's lawyers because you see because he co-operated with substantial help and Flynn's lers wanted just probation citing.

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"michael flynn" Discussed on NPR Politics Podcast

NPR Politics Podcast

02:41 min | 1 year ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on NPR Politics Podcast

"Eastern on Tuesday, December eighteenth by the time, you hear things may have changed and I have a PHD. All right. Here's the show. There. It's the NPR politics podcast. A judge has delayed. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, sentencing only after Adriatic showdown in the courtroom, and the Trump nation is dissolving after being investigated and sued by New York's attorney general I've got that detro- cover congress. I'm tamer Keith that cover the White House. And I'm Kerri Johnson. I covered the Justice department. How's it going? Quite a quite a day better day for you than Michael Flynn. Seems though you know, I got to the court house around eight o'clock this morning thinking the line would be long and the only people virtually the only people in front of me in line were blood relations of former national security adviser. Michael Flynn, you know, he has something like eight siblings and many of them showed up at the courthouse today thinking they were going to get a resolution, but they did not. So can you remind us what he was supposed to be sentenced on remember in December twenty seventeen Flynn pleaded guilty to a single count of making false statements of the FBI for allegedly lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador in December twenty sixteen and also some conduct about not registering under a foreign agent registration act for some of his lobbying work for Turkey. And the thinking was that this guy had been cooperating fully with prosecutors? The special counsel had said he sat down for nineteen interviews. In sixty two hours with these investigators answered virtually every question they had and that they were recommending little or no prison time for Michael Flynn still leading up to this hearing. There was a lot of stuff about like his lawyers. Maybe saying that he wasn't treated fairly by the FBI did that come up. Well, in fact, there's been a campaign almost since the time of Lind's guilty plea over a year ago to suggest that he was set up or entrapped by the FBI when they went to his office in the White House in January twenty seventeen Flynn's own son. Michael Flynn junior has been tweeting some of these things as has one of Flynn's brothers and the president as you know, better than I Tam has also been kind of embracing this theory that Flynn was ambushed. But when the judge when judge Emmet Sullivan got down to brass tacks in that courtroom. He asked Mr Flynn, do you believe you were entrapped by the FBI, Flint said, no your honor. Mr flynn. Did you know it was a crime to light of the FBI Flynn said guess runner, are you pleading guilty because you are guilty Flynn said yes, your honor Flynn did not substantiate..

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"michael flynn" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber

The Beat with Ari Melber

03:26 min | 1 year ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber

"Details about how he lied about efforts essentially to put other countries interests or business interests above the United States. And he was the person running the national security operatic for some time for a brief time. You're absolutely right. And look at the way, Robert Muller, her structured, his attack using the Flynn document. Michael Flynn was the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and his dealings with Turkey with Russia. The United Arab Emirates and Saudi the Gulf states all impacted his decisions before the election. And as we know a lot of this investigation really started with Mike Flynn talking to the Russians three to five times before the election in relation to something that he decided to lie to the FBI about. But the document that we're seeing here really lays out a building block ace showing. This is what Michael Flynn did. And then he came to us after we we called him in pointed this out to us and like a person with some loyalty left to the nation. He confessed to it all and became the number one witness when everything that bl. Length section of the document all the reductions or probably everything else that we see that would be leading to the Trump campaign and everything that he knows we know ridiculous things. We've Dula goo Glenn with Turkey. Maybe a little bit about Saudi Arabia saying we don't know is going to be about Trump, and let me draw you out on that. I mean, that's sort of the opposite inference of Mark meadows. And again, I I'm not saying, I know I'm just saying, I don't know. And I learned a little bit in law school to know what I don't know. Mark meadows said, well, what's not in here leads him to a positive in for? You're actually saying something if I can mix a little art history analysis with legal you're saying that this negative space of the painting could be the worst Russia's stuff because it's not the Turkey stuff. And it's not the stuff that that's already come out at the stuff that might relate to where the investigations headed. Sure, it has to be. I mean, this is the document that you know, the the material that's been redacted. There is most likely related to the most top secret intelligence and relationships that team Trump that we have in particular, the phone communications would Kislyak who would have authorized that all of the Turkey tricks that Flynn was involved with none of that was revealed. And we know what happened. So for the most part that document is if from the intelligence perspective that black holes are the most important part of our collection because what we don't know that has to be there. Even though we can't see it came. James your, gene? I was wondering just your view of what Malcolm was saying that that theory of the reductions if you hurt us, I totally agree with what Natasha said, and Malcolm said, and I gotta stress this pronged, see as I call it. They had three ABC please American people do not assume that prong see is a civil matter. You could have civil and criminal matters parallel, for example, taxes, you could have a civil investigation with a criminal Joan assume, it's only civil and don't assume that it's minor. And you're speaking to that third the third question, Mark the other probe Natasha..

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"michael flynn" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes

All In with Chris Hayes

03:35 min | 1 year ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes

"Once again, we are anti disciplining the special counsel sentencing memo from Michael Flynn at any moment. But this is only one piece of what we expect to learn this week. You'll remember the special counsel is also expected to detail Paul manafort's crimes and lies on Friday. And he's scheduled to elaborate on Michael Cohen's bad acts in a sentencing hearing next week joining me now to provide their legal perspective, Glenn Kirschner. Former federal prosecutor and Barbara mcquade a former US attorney for the eastern district of Michigan. Both are MSNBC legal analyst before we get to Friday, and Manafort, I wanted to ask for your feedback on what Dan was saying before about some of the unusual aspects of the cooperation on Michael Flynn here. Barbara in terms of what he is pleaded to in the sort of duration and now doing the sentencing recommendation before the case is over what do you what do you make of all that? Well, I think it's important to keep in mind that he did plead guilty about a year ago. And so they've delayed the sentencing several times and no doubt. They've reached a point where they feel like the sentence. The cooperation is complete ordinarily you want to Dan pointed out, wait until a witnesses testified if you're going to ask him to testify so that you can maintain leverage over him. And he has the incentive to continue to provide you with information to earn credit so to speak in reducing you sentence. It tells me the fact that they're ready to sentence him. Now means that his cooperation is over it suggests to me, he's likely not to testify, but that he has provided as much information as he can he potentially has lots of information to give about the role of high level. Trump officials in those conversations with Russians in why he was lying about those conversations. I think could be very meaningful. Glenn Mckee part about Flynn to Barbara's point there as unlike Manafort and Cohen, he serves as an official capacity and crosses over from the campaign to the transition to the White House where Cohen and Manafort are sort of associated with the president. But don't have that official capacity yet, Chris first of all I agree with all of Barbara's observations. But when we. We kinda pull back and look at Flynn from thirty thousand feet. I think the way the Muller team has played him makes a lot of sense. And here's why first of all we all know that we try to work our way from the bottom up the less significant players to the more significant players. But let's look at who. Michael Flynn was. I mean, he was the national security adviser adviser for for God's sakes. That's in anybody's book. That's a pretty big fish. So I think the messaging that the Muller team put out by saying, you know, what we've got the national security adviser talking dirty to the Russians on the phone, and then lying about it to the vice president and lying about it to to congress excuse me to the FBI. We're going to charge him with that. And then we're going to we're going to remain mum on everything else that he is providing us, I think that is some powerful messaging to everybody else out there that you know, what they better pay attention to what's going on. They better come in cooperate and cut their losses. So. With respect to the memo that I think we're all anxiously awaiting Chris filed hundreds of these memos in the thirty years. I was a federal prosecutor, and I see three distinct possibilities here. One Muller may say very little because the sentence that Flynn is exposed to is only zero to six months easy for us to say, it's not a consequential sentence. So I don't think needs to say a lot to persuade the judge with respect to whatever sentence. He's asking for the second possibility is you may find a split memo part of it public part of it under seal because it pertains to an ongoing aspect of the Muller investigation, the.

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"michael flynn" Discussed on Global News Podcast

Global News Podcast

01:40 min | 2 years ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on Global News Podcast

"This is the bbc sales of all complete range of programmes durtoux bbcworldservicecom wouldpodcast welcome to the latest global news compiled in the early hours of saturday the second of december i'm jackie leonard with the selection of highlights from across bbc world service news today coming up president trump's former national security advisor michael flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi over alleged russian interference in the us elections will hear how washington is reacting the fbi director and all others believe this is a legitimate concern what role the russians played in our election violent protests across home dearest ahead of the presidential election result being announced a new dress code haircuts i'm salute for thailand's police and armed forces rubbish dumped unburned in lebanon what you want at the level it there's the twotothree days and then the dump again for the malindi third the trash and use my breath and hawaii has resumed statewide testing of cold war iran nuclear attack warning sirens we'll be hearing why but first for several months now the special counsel robert muller has been investigating alleged russian meddling in the 2016 us presidential election now as part of the probe the former national security advisor michael flynn has pleaded guilty to making full statements to the fbi about meetings he held with russia's ambassador just weeks before donald trump became president this was the sound of michael flynn going into court in washington dc.

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"michael flynn" Discussed on NPR's Story of the Day

NPR's Story of the Day

02:00 min | 2 years ago

"michael flynn" Discussed on NPR's Story of the Day

"We start with a big development in the legal investigation into contacts between president trump's associates and officials in russia the president's former national security advisor michael flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts with the russian ambassador has also agreed to cooperate with special counsel robert muller and dr justice correspondent carry johnson is here to talk us all through this i carry high county so okay first just explain what exactly did michael flynn admit to in federal court there in washington today michael flynn has pleaded guilty to a single false statements charge stemming from a january twenty four 27 interview he did with the fbi after he was already in the white house as president trump's national security advisor now these court documents say that flynn lied to the fbi in an interview about two things one a series of december 22nd conversations he had with the van russian ambassador sergei kislyak about possibly delaying a un secured the council resolution on israeli settlements and to a december twenty nine series of conversations he had with sergey kislyak and others about us sanctions and russia okay so he's pled guilty to lying to the fbi basically this is basically a pretty narrow charge driven given especially that that special counsel was looking at a pretty wide range of flynn's activities and in business ended government what does it mean that this charges so narrow get in fact kelley of this charge carries a fiveyear statutory maximum penalty but prosecutors today say mike flynn under their calculations could serve between zero in six months in prison maximum it means in essence that mike flynn has something to trade his son who was his business associate was not charged today not mentioned in court papers at all and we know based on other information in the court documents that mike flynn was under investigation for failing to register under the foreign agents registration act he may have in fact lied on that form he also was under investigation with respect to some of his.

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