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.
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John Bolton Completes Turncoat Transformation, Slams Trump White House For Delaying Tell-All Book
Bolton’s book is subject to a national security review.
Former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton bemoaned a national security review of his upcoming tell-all book when speaking at Duke University on Monday.
Bolton isn’t pleased that his book, “The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,” is being delayed while White House national security personnel thoroughly review it to ensure any and all classified information remains private. According to Bolton, the book’s been in review since December 30th, hardly a lengthy period of time to ensure that classified U.S intelligence isn’t released to the broader public.
According to Bolton, the process is censorship.
“I say things in the manuscript about what [Trump] said to me; I hope they become public someday. He tweets, but I can’t talk about it — how fair is that?”
Bolton was fired as National Security Adviser for consistently trying to undermine the President’s America First foreign policy vision, instead preferring a neoconservative approach of regime change, globalism, and wide-ranging foreign intervention.
He’s flirted strongly with anti-Trump resistance liberals since his ouster, falling out of the President’s good graces and drawing his ire in presidential tweets.
For a guy who couldn’t get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn’t get approved for anything since, “begged” me for a non Senate approved job, which I gave him despite many saying “Don’t do it, sir,” takes the job, mistakenly says “Libyan Model” on T.V., and..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
This isn’t the first time that Bolton has claimed the White House are censoring him. He incorrectly believed the White House was blocking his access to his official Twitter account, when by all indications it simply appears he was unaware how to bypass the two-factor authentication needed to access Twitter from a new IP address after his firing.
It’s totally reasonable for Bolton’s profiteering book to be delayed for any and all considerations over classified information. The longtime neoconservative pundit will simply have to wait to cash in.
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