Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Flynn Walks

The corruption of America's judiciary proceeds apace.

A US appeals court has taken Trump cronie, Michael Flynn, off the hook for the various crimes he confessed to and was convicted and sentenced on.
A US appeals court ordered the federal judge overseeing the Justice Department's case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn to dismiss the prosecution on Wednesday. 
The decision is a major victory for Flynn, whose legal team has argued for months that the government unfairly targeted him for political reasons and that the FBI tried to entrap him into pleading guilty. 
The Justice Department abruptly moved to drop its case against Flynn last month, arguing that it did not have sufficient evidence to prove he was guilty, even though Flynn pleaded guilty three times.
So, in descending order, you become a buddy with Trump. Then you engage in criminal activity on behalf of Trump. Then you plead guilty to your wrongdoing. Then the court proceeds to sentencing. Then Trump calls up his lap dog Attorney General. That AG then twists the arms of DoJ prosecutors. Then they resign and the AG brings in a more compliant crew. Then the new team appear before the judge to ask that the charges, the confessions and the rest be magically erased. The judge says this is nonsense and refuses. Then the DoJ team goes to the appeals court and - Bob's your uncle.

More from CNN:
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, a surprise conclusion in a long-running political fight. 
Despite Flynn twice pleading guilty for lying to the FBI about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition, the Justice Department moved last month to dismiss the case against him. Sullivan did not immediately act, instead asking for a review of the decision. 
If unchallenged with further appeals, the ruling exonerates Flynn after he sought to change his plea and claimed innocence. 
The three-judge panel on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals decided the trial judge, Sullivan, didn't have enough reason to question the DOJ's prosecution decisions in this case. They also said Sullivan having a third-party attorney weigh in on Flynn's case, the former judge John Gleeson, isn't needed anymore.
The timing is amazing. The appeals court ruling came just as another DoJ prosecutor, Aaron Zelensky, is set to testify before the House judiciary committee that AG Barr also interfered in the prosecution of another Trump cronie, Roger Stone. Here's a piece  filed yesterday by retired, 30-year DoJ prosecutor,  Glenn Kirschner.

This has gone well past mere obstruction of justice. What we're seeing with Flynn atop Stone is the utter corruption of justice in America.


John's aghast said...

When do these people have time to do what they're elected to do, that is, run the Country. Between going to court and playing golf, it's apparent that they aren't.

The Disaffected Lib said...

John, you assume they ever had any intention of doing what they're elected to do. Trump was going to lift up the common man but, instead, he lavished tax cuts on the richest of the rich, including himself and his kin, leaving trillions of dollars in new debt to saddle future generations of blue and white collar workers. He's dismantled most environmental protections as those stood at the end of the Obama administration, alienated America's allies, cultivated authoritarian thugs like Orban, Erdogan, and Bolsonaro and made a mess of the US economy, all topped off with the unnecessary loss of tens of thousands of American lives to the pandemic. Those who have worked for him, not just Bolton but guys like Mattis and Tillerson, have said he doesn't even try to comprehend complex issues and the results of that show. However he has a hidden quality - an appeal to every racist, misogynist, xenophobe and other bigot in the American population and it turns out that's a substantial segment of the voting public. Let's call them "dog whistle" voters and they love Donald Trump.

Northern PoV said...

ooops - Welcome back to the club, islanders!

"Island Health Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Richard Stanwick, tells me our 1 new COVID-19 case is on the South Island and they contracted it locally.

Disconcertingly, officials have not been able to trace the source. COVID is still out there on Vancouver Island"

Lorne said...

America's "darkest hour" seems to be endless, Mound. I see no light for that country unless Trump is turfed in November.

Trailblazer said...

Expect a really super duper cringe worthy article praising Trump by Conrad Black this weekend!
Poor Connie surely deserves a pardon now?


The Disaffected Lib said...

TB, Black was pardoned by Trump in May of last year. Your instincts were spot on.