President Donald Trump said hes considering a pardon for his former national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Trump also criticized the Justice Departments (DOJ) handling of Flynns case.
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI. In recent months, however, hes asked District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presides over his case, to allow him to withdraw his plea, saying his previous lawyers provided him ineffective assistance while also repeatedly accusing the government of misconduct related to his case.
“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 said in a March 15 tweet. “How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!”
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. How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2020
“General Flynn is honored by the Presidents concern and awareness of this egregious injustice against him, his family, and the American people,” responded Sidney Powell, a former Texas prosecutor and Flynns lead lawyer, in an email to The Epoch Times.
Its not clear what lost records Trump talked about, but it might have been a reference to the original FBI report from the Jan. 24, 2017, interview, where Flynn allegedly lied about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak.
FBI agents are required to complete an FD-302 report of their interviews within five days. But the earliest 302 draft provided to Flynn is from Feb. 10, more than two weeks after his interview.
Powell previously said she found a witness who saw an earlier draft of the 302.
“Ive now found a witness who says the original 302 did in fact say that Flynn was honest with the agents and did not lie,” she told Larry OConnor on his WMAL radio show on Jan. 16.
The prosecutors previously said any earlier drafts were not in their possession. Sullivan sided with them, saying sometimes documents go “missing.”
But Powell rejected that idea.
Neither the bureau nor its digital document system “loses the most important of its reports that is supposed to support the federal felony of the Presidents National Security Adviser,” she said in a court filing.
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Powell has argued that the FBIs investigation of Flynn was a pretext to target Trump.
The bureau opened a case on Flynn in August 2016 on a suspicion that he “may wittingly or unwittingly be involved in activity on behalf of the Russian Federation which may constitute a federal crime or threat to the national security.”
According to Powell, that was nonsense.
Flynn used to head the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and kept the agency informed of his foreign contacts, including a paid interview he gave in Russia in 2016.
Former FBI Director James Comey alleged that on Feb. 14, 2017, Trump told him: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Comey said he interpreted it as Trump asking him to drop an active investigation.
Based on this, the FBI probe of Flynn and several other Trump associates was handed over to a special counsel, former FBI head Robert Mueller, who then hired former prosecutor Andrew Weissmann to lead his team.
Weissmann was one of the chief villains in Powells 2014 bestseller “Licensed to LieRead More – Source[contf] [contfnew]