Flynn Hearing Cancelled: Attorney Claims FBI Manipulated Files

by Daveda Gruber:

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan cancelled a hearing that was scheduled for next week in regards to a case pertaining to ex-National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn.

Sullivan wrote, “In view of the parties’ comprehensive briefing concerning 109 Defendant’s Motion to Compel Production of Brady Material, the Court cancels the motion hearing previously scheduled for November 7, 2019.”

Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell filed a 161-page brief demanding the government produce all evidence related to Flynn. The brief encouraged the court to “dismiss the entire prosecution for outrageous government misconduct” and hold the prosecutors in contempt.

Powell tweeted:

The document was filed last week. It alleges that FBI agents manipulated official records of Flynn’s 2017 interview that led to him being charged with lying to investigators.

The case against Flynn began after a 2017 FBI interview, in which Flynn was asked about his conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

In the end, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements in regard to conversations that took place during his interview which was part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Powell has alleged in the court filings that FBI officials manipulated Flynn’s FBI 302, which is a form used by agents to report or summarize interviews. It is alleged that the form was edited and by the way, ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok was involved in the original interview that took place.

In response to whether Mr. Flynn had asked Kislyak to vote in a certain manner or slow down the UN vote [on sanctions], Powell wrote, “Those changes added an unequivocal statement that ‘Flynn stated he did not.’ This is a deceptive manipulation because, as the notes of the agents show, Mr. Flynn was not even sure he had spoken to Russia/Kislyak on the issue. He had talked to dozens of countries.”

Powell also alleged that agents added the phrase, “or if Kislyak described any Russian response to a request by Flynn.”

Powell went on to write, “That question and answer does not appear in the notes, yet it was made into a criminal offense. The draft also shows that the agents moved a sentence to make it seem to be an answer to a question it was not.”

It is also alleged by Powell that on January 23, 2017, which was the day before the FBI interviewed Flynn at the White House, “the upper echelon of the FBI met to orchestrate” strategies that would have Flynn talk “in such a way as to keep from alerting him from understanding that he was being interviewed in a criminal investigation of which he was the target.”

Powell added, “In short, they planned to deceive him about the entire scenario, and keep him ‘unguarded.’”

Powell went on to mention newly discovered text messages between former FBI agent, Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page during the days following the publication of the scandalous anti-Trump dossier, along with media leaks from the FBI and Justice Department. Brought to light, as well, were details surrounding the unexpected recusal of the former judge overseeing the case, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras.

Prosecutors have adamantly denied any claim that they were or are now hiding evidence.

Flynn’s sentencing is still up in the air but the new attorneys are seeking to get the charges dropped even though it is stated by counsel that Flynn doesn’t intend on withdrawing his guilty plea.

At this time Sullivan has set a December 18th sentencing date.

We will have to wait and see if the date gets moved again.

Flynn Abruptly Fires Legal Team While Awaiting Sentencing

by Daveda Gruber:

While awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to charges in his criminal case, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn abruptly fired his legal team.

A new legal team has already been retained by Flynn who, in an interesting move, has cut his relationship with the law firm Covington & Burling which had represented Flynn in the past.

A two page motion was filed by the well-respected legal team Flynn has used since the start of the Russia probe. Covington lawyers Robert Kelner and Stephen Anthony in D.C. federal court on Thursday. The attorneys asked the court for permission to formerly withdraw from the case.

The motion read, “General Flynn has notified the undersigned that he is terminating Covington & Burling LLP as his counsel and has already retained new counsel for this matter.”

It is not known, as of yet, which law firm has been hired by Flynn.

During an interview in January 2017, Flynn had pleaded guilty to providing false statements to the FBI. In December 2016, he admitted to lying about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn had spent a lot of time with former Special Counsel Mueller and federal prosecutors and was fully cooperating with them.

Flynn’s friends and family have accused Mueller’s team of deception and argued that Flynn was tricked into pleading guilty. Some have urged Flynn to seek to withdraw his plea. Maybe that is the next order of business?

Flynn has not wavered from asking Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, to delay his sentencing while he continued his government cooperation.

Sullivan has yet to set a sentencing date even though Flynn attended a sentencing hearing in December 2018.

Federal prosecutors have refused to release a transcript of recorded conversations between Flynn and Kislyak that Sullivan had requested in May. Prosecutors stated that the transcript was not relevant in ascertaining that Flynn was guilty or in making a sentencing recommendation.

Remember that this was a part of the Robert Mueller Russian probe and as we have come to learn, those people are out for blood.

I don’t know if General Flynn is innocent or guilty but I can tell you this, the investigation went out of control and people in every walk of life who had dealings with then citizen Donald J. Trump and now President Trump were dragged through the mud.

Personally, I believe that Flynn is a good man and didn’t deserve to have all this dumped on him.