Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who for less than a month was President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, issued a statement today regarding his decision to accept a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III in exchange for Mueller not bringing other charges:
After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflects a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.
Flynn is another victim of what law enforcement officers call an “obstruction trap,” when he was not forthcoming during a conversation with FBI agents.
Typically, the FBI agents approach a target and ask if the target would agree to a voluntary interview. These conversations are held without an attorney present and the target does not realize that he is in fact in legal jeopardy if he is not completely forthcoming when he answers an agent’s questions. In fact, if the target is not forthcoming or misleads an agent, he is then vulnerable to an obstruction of justice charge.
In the case of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the senior staffer to Vice President Richard B. Cheney gave an account of his involvement in putting CIA officer Victoria Plame’s name in the press that contradicted accounts others gave to FBI agents. Libby was convicted of misleading the agents and President George W. Bush commuted Libby’s sentence, but did not pardon him.
It is important to note that before the FBI met with Libby, investigators already knew the culprit who gave Plame’s name to columnist Robert D. Novak.
As a result of his conviction, Libby lost his law license, but that license was restored in 2016, because the circumstances surrounding of Libby’s conviction were so unfair to him.
The other individual to accept a plea deal from Mueller was George Papadopoulos, who also fell into an obstruction trap set by FBI agents Jan. 27, nearly five months before Mueller was appointed.
FBI agents trapped Papadopoulos three days after FBI agents trapped Flynn, when they asked him about his interactions with the Russians.
At the time, the acting Attorney General Sally Yates was a holdover from President Barack Obama’s administration, who was told immediately that Flynn had not told the FBI agents the whole truth. Yates and the FBI agents knew to ask Flynn about his conversations with the Russians because his conversations were recorded by the Obama administration.
The leader of the FBI was still James B. Comey Jr., who is an old friend of then-New Jersey Gov. Christopher J. Christie, going back to their days as U.S. attorneys at abutting districts, Comey in the District of Southern New York and Christie in the District of New Jersey, for President George W. Bush.
Christie and Flynn were rivals inside the Trump presidential campaign and the two men had a loud argument during one of candidate Trump’s intelligence briefings in September.
During his time preparing for the Trump administration during the campaign and until he was relieved shortly after the election, Christie deliberately kept Flynn’s name off of any potential positions in a Trump administration and in May he told reporters in Trenton he warned Trump about dealing with Flynn.
ANTIFA-Linked Washington Women, Former Democrat Organizer Charged With Terrorist Attack in Train Derailment Plot
Two women are charged with attacks on railroad infrastructure.
Two ANTIFA-linked Bellingham, Washington women were federally charged on counts of terrorist attack and violence against a railroad carrier on Monday, with the Department of Justice alleging Ellen Reiche and Samantha Brooks placed a “shunt” on railroad tracks in Whatcom County.
The shunt device in question disrupts the low level electrical current on the tracks and can disable various safety features. Charging documents indicate that previous shunting incidents had caused dangerous situations for traveling trains and almost resulted in a spill of hazardous materials at least once.
Reiche(pictured), 23, and Brooks, 27, were arrested on Saturday night. In a charging press release, US Attorney Brian Moran reveals that authorities have discovered 41 incidences in which dangerous shunts were placed on railroad tracks belonging to BNSF Railroads since January.
According to reports on her now-deleted Linkedin page, Reiche was previously employed as a Deputy Field Organizer for Washington State Democrats. She appears to be something of an environmentalist type, working as a park aide for the state, a naturalist for Outer Island Excursions, and a mentor for Wild Whatcom. Reiche also has a bachelor’s degree in German from the University of Western Washington.
Photography of Reiche’s vehicle released in the Department of Justice charging document reveals an “Indigenous Land” bumper sticker, suggesting the territorial United States was stolen from Native Americans.
Charging documents reveal that claims of responsibility for the shunt placements were posted onto anarchist website itsgoingdown.org, a platform used by ANTIFA militants to plan property destruction, violent crimes, and attacks on traditional American statues. The post regarding the placement of the shunt invoked supposed solidarity with Native American groups who oppose the construction of a Canadian oil pipeline.
“This claim of responsibility stated that the shunting activity was carried out in solidarity with Native American tribes in Canada seeking to prevent the construction of an oil pipeline across British Columbia, and with the express goal of disrupting BNSF operations and supplies for the pipeline,” cites the charging documents.
A railroad safety deputy chief describes witnessing the two women placing the shunt device on railroad tracks by use of a game camera on November 28th. Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted, and when the two women were found at the scene, they claimed they were merely looking for lost keys. However, authorities determined Reiche was in “possession of a brown paper bag that contained rubber gloves, a piece of black insulated copper wire, and a Makita Drill with a wheel-shaped wire brush attachment in the chuck.” The same wire had been used in previous shunting devices. A shunt was ultimately discovered near where the two women were confronted by sheriff’s deputies.
The terrorist suspects were released from jail in advance of a scheduled December 14th court appearance. The criminal charges are punishable by sentences of up to 20 years in prison. Their booking information at the Whatcom County Jail specifies state charges filed against the leftist militants.
Both of them are identified as Bellingham, Washington residents in the DOJ press release.
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