Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was one of the first casualties of the Russia hoax, and it is beyond clear at this point that he was completely railroaded by overzealous FBI agents and bloodthirsty federal prosecutors. Now, President Trump has announced for the first time that he is moving towards a full pardon for Flynn.
“So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has ‘lost’ the records of General Michael Flynn,” Trump tweeted. “How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!”
The president’s tweet shows that he has been carefully watching the Flynn prosecution develop over the last few months, as his reference to the FBI’s lost records is in line with what Flynn’s lawyers have been saying since November. That’s when the Justice Department admitted that it had “mistakenly” identified the wrong note takers in Flynn’s original 2017 interview with the FBI. The DOJ continues to deny that there has been any tampering with the 302 used to prosecute Flynn, but the general’s lawyer is not convinced.
“Where is the original 302?” lawyer Sidney Powell tweeted in January. “It cannot be ‘missing.’”
The following month, Attorney General William Barr directed U.S. attorney Jeffrey Jensen to review with Flynn case in full. At that time, Powell tweeted that Jensen should “demand the original Flynn 302 and audit trail.”
In January, the case took a U-turn when Flynn asked to withdraw his previous guilty plea before the court.
“When FBI agents came to the White House on January 24, 2017, I did not lie to them. I believed I was honest with them to the best of my recollection at the time,” Flynn said. “I still don’t remember if I discussed sanctions on a phone call with Ambassador Kislyak nor do I remember if we discussed the details of a UN vote on Israel.”
Obscenely, the judge presiding over the Flynn case doesn’t seem to think it’s that big of a deal if the government lost its only relevant evidence against the defendant. According to this tweet from reporter Catherine Herridge: “READ: Defense still seeks original 2017 FBI summary @GenFlynn interview about his Russia contacts. FBI record is called a ‘302’ @SidneyPowell1 questions GOV claim original not ‘in their possession,’ suggesting it does exist. Judge: ‘things happen’ ‘documents are lost’@CBSNews”
Things happen. Documents are lost.
You know what, to hell with the pardon. The Justice Department needs to give Flynn a full exoneration and admit that his prosecution – like so much else surrounding the Trump/Russia hoax – was completely uncalled for in the first place.