Thanks to a suit filed by the Washington Post, we found out that Michael Flynn was droppin’ Roosevelts like there was no tomorrow while cooperating with the Special Counsel’s office. While thinking of this post, I had to check my mirror to see whether I was wearing a tinfoil hat because of the thoughts going through my head. I’ll take you on a short trip to give you an idea of why I think the revelations on Flynn’s cooperation is damning. Also, Flynn’s cooperation shows why Barr and others do not want the Special Counsel’s report to be read un-redacted and in full.
From the WaPo:
The newly unsealed portions of court records showed Flynn was a deep source of useful information to the special counsel’s team in 2017 and 2018, helping it probe the Trump campaign’s effort to gain stolen emails and the question of whether Trump sought to criminally interfere in the investigation bearing down on him.
The records confirm the questions that Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and former military intelligence officer, helped federal prosecutors answer after his guilty plea. Flynn admitted in 2017 that he tried to conceal the nature of his conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and then began cooperating with Mueller’s team to try to reduce and possibly avoid a prison sentence.
Flynn also provided the special counsel with information about efforts by the Trump campaign and Trump allies to seek out stolen emails during the campaign after WikiLeaks began publishing internal Democratic correspondence in July 2016, the records show. He also provided evidence of “multiple efforts” by people connected to Trump that could have impacted his willingness to cooperate with the probe, useful information as Mueller explored whether the president obstructed justice.
At the same time, Flynn assisted federal prosecutors based in Alexandria, Va., who were preparing criminal charges against his former business partner, Bijan Kian, for working as an unregistered agent of Turkey. Kianhas pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is expected to face trial in July, and Flynn is expected to be a critical witness for the government.
Release of this information makes one wonder why Barr claimed there was no obstruction found by Muller or his team when there is clear obstruction all around the whole investigation. Here’s where things go all tinfoily (if that’s a word).
First of all, Barr is not an idiot nor is he willing to fall on a sword for Trump. We’ve seen this because Barr has repeatedly claimed the Mueller report did not exonerate Trump nor was he going to exonerate Trump. This is true as standing DoJ policy is the sitting president cannot be indicted or charged. Barr simply avoids that topic whenever he can because he is not going to hammer home the fact that Trump is not in the clear. What Barr has not said or brought attention to is the 12 sealed indictments that were mentioned in Mueller’s report. That information is redacted, and I’ll bet that Barr will do everything he can to keep it that way because of the fallout.
I’ll speculate those 12 sealed indictments, in part or whole, involve a truck load of obstruction and other charges for individuals that were pointed out by Flynn. Those indictments were never unsealed because of the fact that the DoJ will not seek charges against Individual-1, which all those charges are centered around. If those indictments were unsealed, then they would also violate DoJ policy on discussing unindicted people. Remember, the sitting president cannot be indicted.
People originally speculated that Mueller wrote his report as a road map to impeachment. If that holds true, those redacted sealed indictments are likely a major component to paving and striping Pennsylvania Avenue. In order to avoid the impeachment trap, Barr and others are trying their best to divert attention to investigating the investigators. As such, we now have three different investigations into how the whole Russia counterintelligence investigation began.
Flynn likely played a major role in the Mueller investigation as he was able to bring light to a lot of things the SC was unaware of. Flynn even had recordings of administration officials reaching out to him in regards to his cooperation with Mueller. Those tapes likely provide damning evidence of obstruction, witness tampering, suborning perjury, and a host of other charges for those involved. Since Flynn was no longer an adviser to Trump, there is no Executive Privilege tied to those conversations either if memory serves me correct. Flynn was involved with direct conversation with Russians involving sanctions relief too, so there’s no telling of how far and wide his total contacts with Russians went.
Notice that you have not seen many Republicans going on public record in seeking information into the counterintelligence aspect of the investigation. We’ve recently been told that hackers infiltrated Florida election systems, but we’re not being told how far they got or what they did. This is after former Sen. Ben Nelson claimed that Russians hacked Florida voter rolls and the FBI basically called him a liar. Now, the very same FBI is briefing members of Congress on Russian hacking involving Florida. I’m not going to say the FBI is playing any particular role in all of this, but there is something peculiar about their actions.
The DoJ has until May 31st to make the information public based on the judge’s ruling. Something tells me the DoJ will do everything within their capacity to not release the information as ordered. Kudos to the Washington Post for filing suit to get public access to this information. As we’re seeing, the government is not very willing to share things with us. I don’t know if it is to avoid chaos and/or riots, or if it is an effort to cover up major misdeeds by elected officials.
Michael Flynn apparently made it rain on Mueller with all the dimes he dropped. This would explain why he received a slap on the hand considering the amount of charges that he potentially faced. As such, I think America deserves to know the totality of what he said as well as who he implicated. If we’re going to say “Case closed” then we really need to close the case. We do that by releasing all information to prove there is no “there” there. Otherwise, we’re left to crafting tinfoil conspiracy theories.