Finally, General Michael Flynn has been exonerated. In a lengthy legal battle that cost Flynn dearly, a just ending was arrived at today when U.S. attorney Jeff Jensen reported that he had recommended dismissal last week to Attorney General Bill Barr, who agreed with his findings. Today, the dismissal was formalized.
“Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case,” Jensen said in a statement. “I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”–AP
At the root of the case was the accusation that Flynn had lied under oath to protect President Trump. A series of FBI deceptions slowly came to light, painting an ugly picture of bent and broken rules, threats made against Flynn’s family, and the alteration of a key piece of evidence by an FBI agent.
Flynn was interviewed just days after Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 24, 2017. It was this aggressive tactic that underscored the intelligence community’s rabid desire to collect scalps from the new administration.
Ahead of the meeting, Bill Priestap, then FBI head of counterintelligence, worked on a game plan. “What’s our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” go his handwritten notes.
“Get him fired?” The mere fact that this seemed a possible goal is damning — especially since the meeting plainly was an ambush: The FBI skipped the usual heads-up to the White House Counsel’s Office about the interview, a courtesy that surely would’ve ensured that Flynn couldn’t be tricked.
Then-FBI chief Jim Comey is even on tape, publicly bragging about that trick.
And one of the two agents was Peter Strzok — later fired for misconduct after text messages surfaced in which he laid bare his contempt for Trump.–NY Post
Last year, Flynn had the foresight to fire his legal team and hire Dallas attorney Sidney Powell. Powell, author of License To Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Dept. of Justice, urged Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea. She formed a strategy around how Flynn’s constitutional rights had been violated, and successfully uncovered illegal tactics used by the FBI in interrogating Flynn.
Further, none other than disgraced agent Lisa Page was fingered for altering a 302 form containing Flynn’s testimony.
Professor Jonathan Turley, one of the legal expert witnesses from the impeachment trial that concluded earlier this year, has had a few things to say on Twitter in the wake of the momentous decision:
More to come as the case against Flynn is exposed. The DOJ’s work is likely not over yet, as the case was dismissed with prejudice.