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    Flynn Asks To Withdraw Guilty Plea In Case Stemming From Mueller Probe

    Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., wants to withdraw his 2-year-old guilty plea, saying federal prosecutors reneged on a promise to not ask for jail time at his upcoming sentencing.

    Flynn, who held the post of national security adviser for less than a month, is the only Trump administration official to face criminal charges in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling. He was to be sentenced on Jan. 28.

    "The government's stunning and vindictive reversal of its earlier representations to this Court are incredible, vindictive, in bad faith, and breach the plea agreement," Sidney Powell and Jesse Binnall, Flynn's lead counsel, wrote in the motion.

    "Michael T. Flynn is innocent. Mr. Flynn has cooperated with the government in good faith for two years. He gave the prosecution his full cooperation," they wrote.

    The defense asked to delay Flynn's sentencing by 30 days, to Feb. 27, and the government says it has no objection. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has yet to rule on the request.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, which took over the case from Mueller, recommended earlier this month that Flynn receive "0 to 6 months of incarceration."

    In the sentencing memo, prosecutors said Flynn had been less than cooperative in an investigation of his former partner, Bijan Rafiekian, at Flynn Intel Group, a lobbying firm.

    Rafiekian was found guilty in July of conspiring to act as an undisclosed agent of Turkey. However, Flynn was not called to testify in the trial. Prosecutors deemed him unreliable after he changed his account of events, they said
    . Flynn's attorneys have disputed that characterization.

    Prosecutors said that since Flynn began cooperating with investigators, there had been "periods where the defendant has sought to assist and aid the government, and periods where the defendant has sought to thwart the efforts of the government to hold other individuals, principally Bijan Rafiekian, accountable for criminal wrongdoing," the sentencing memo says.

    But prosecutors pushed back on the notion that their sentencing memo had changed the terms of their deal with Flynn.

    Writing to Flynn's defense team on Monday, Justice Department attorneys Brandon Van Grack and Jocelyn Ballantine said, "We believe that a sentence within the applicable Guidelines range — which includes a possible sentence of probation — is appropriate in this case."

    "[T]here appears to be no dispute as to the applicable sentencing range or the fact that a non-incarceratory sentence would be a reasonable sentence within that range."

    The case against Flynn

    In December 2016, President Barack Obama placed sanctions on Russia in retaliation for Moscow's interference in the presidential election. In the same month, Flynn, a senior official on the Trump transition team, contacted then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, urging Moscow not to escalate the situation and offering the prospect of a better relationship under the new president, according to court documents.

    Flynn then lied to the FBI about those conversations.


    In December 2018, Sullivan delayed sentencing, calling into question Flynn's guilty plea "or, at the very least, [Flynn's] acceptance of responsibility."

    The case involved "a high-ranking senior official of the administration making false statements to federal agents while on the premises of the White House," the judge said at the time. "I'm not hiding my disgust, my disdain, for this criminal offense."

    Flynn's then-attorney, Robert Kelner, described his client as having cooperated fully with Mueller's investigation and suggested that he still had "something left to give" in the case against Rafiekian. But that testimony never materialized.

    Soon afterward, Flynn fired Kelner and hired Powell, a former federal prosecutor and a critic of Mueller and the FBI who took a more combative tack, running afoul of Sullivan.

    Powell has filed numerous requests with the court to get the Justice Department to turn over what she says are records showing the FBI sought to entrap Flynn while withholding evidence that could exonerate him. She also argued that prosecutors wanted Flynn to lie in the trial of Rafiekian and that that is why he refused to testify.

    "Not only was that demanded testimony a lie, but also, the prosecutors knew it was false, and would induce a breach," Powell said.

    The judge shut down that argument, writing in a ruling last month that: "The court summarily disposes of Mr. Flynn's arguments that the FBI conducted an ambush interview for the purpose of trapping him into making false statements and that the government pressured him to enter a guilty plea."

    "The record proves otherwise,"
    Sullivan wrote. Link
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    The beauty of the timing of course is this
    Flynn gets to call
    Andrew McCabe, fired for lying to the Federal investigators
    Peter Strzok, fired for lying to federal investigators
    Lisa Page, allowed to resign after lying to federal investigators specifically in altering Flynn's 302, but noted as being cooperative in the ongoing investigations.
    And current FBI Special Agent Joseph Pientka. Pientka's whereabouts are of course currently unknown, for a while he was registered as being in San Fran, but that record has been scrubbed.

    So Brandon Van Grack (primary author of the Mueller report and Flynn prosecutor) has limited options.
    I guess he's hoping for the Judge to overrule Flynn and move quickly to sentencing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parihaka View Post
    It was obvious at yesterdays news conference that Trumps view of the CIA was the worst possible, ostensibly built on some fairly blatant political interference during the campaign. Trump obviously believes that the golden shower documents were released by the CIA, it seems the CIA's campaign against Trump goes deeper and further back than I thought previously.

    US intel sources warn Israel against sharing secrets with Trump administration
    This fiasco starts in 1993 when the C.I.A. decided they didn't want to be hetero-sexual anymore. Since then its always been "pictures of Trump in the shower" this and "lets sniff Trumps underwear" that. This place is going to he'll, I swear.

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    That was hell, not he'll. Damn autoincorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderful Plans View Post
    This fiasco starts in 1993 when the C.I.A. decided they didn't want to be hetero-sexual anymore. Since then its always been "pictures of Trump in the shower" this and "lets sniff Trumps underwear" that. This place is going to he'll, I swear.
    Just what the hell is this supposed to mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Just what the hell is this supposed to mean?
    LOL, just run of the mill crackpot banter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbm3fan View Post
    LOL, just run of the mill crackpot banter...
    Well he is getting close to the line for a ban on homophobia. We may not be as widespread as we once were but not putting up with that crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Well he is getting close to the line for a ban on homophobia. We may not be as widespread as we once were but not putting up with that crap.
    My LOL was to your wTH part. When I read his post I sat their mainly perplexed in a sense of confusion and then moved on since it would hurt my head to even try to figure it out.

    Side note: I see we are onto hockey now that the Patriots are out of the playoffs. Well all I can say is go 49ers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbm3fan View Post
    Side note: I see we are onto hockey now that the Patriots are out of the playoffs. Well all I can say is go 49ers!
    I don't know who to cheer for.

    Probably the commercials TBH.
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    The Cheerleaders.

    What? I'm allowed to be a dirty old man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WABs_OOE View Post
    The Cheerleaders.

    What? I'm allowed to be a dirty old man.
    For the dirty old man
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    Quote Originally Posted by WABs_OOE View Post
    The Cheerleaders.

    What? I'm allowed to be a dirty old man.
    Yes....yes you are.
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    Well, that's a disappointment. Flynn was prosecuted for a simple process crime, but McCabe won't be. Thus endeth any investigation of any of the alleged coup against the Trump campaign, transition team and presidency.
    ad legem novam se esse normalis.
    So long guys, and thanks for all the fish. Joe, Asty, can you trash the thread please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parihaka View Post
    Well, that's a disappointment. Flynn was prosecuted for a simple process crime, but McCabe won't be.
    You and zraver with this "simple process crime" bullshit LOL. Like Flynn was jaywalking or littering or something.

    Quote Originally Posted by Parihaka View Post
    Thus endeth any investigation of any of the alleged coup against the Trump campaign, transition team and presidency. ad legem novam se esse normalis.
    So Trump's Justice Dept is ending the investigation? I wonder why. Oh right, the "Deep State".

    Quote Originally Posted by Parihaka View Post
    So long guys, and thanks for all the fish. Joe, Asty, can you trash the thread please.
    What, seriously? Why would we trash this thread? Because you didn't get the outcome you wanted? Jesus dude, that's some serious TDS right there.
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    Different strokes for different folks (the protected class). McCabe has one of those fancy Get Out of Jail Free Cards with a big old “D” on it.

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