Flynn Sentencing Memo Outlines the Set-up Created by Andrew McCabe…

The defense team for Michael Flynn presents their sentencing memo [see here] to support the special counsel recommendation.  However, within the memo the Flynn team smartly uses pre-approved (by Special Counsel) language to highlight how the FBI structured the set up  Yes, Flynn’s lawyers had to get permission to write this:

(pdf link)

The FBI knew the content of the Flynn call with Sergey Kislyak because they were listening in.  The FBI were intercepting those communications.  So when Pence said no-one had any contact on January 15th, the FBI crew IMMEDIATELY knew they had a bombshell issue to exploit.

We see the evidence of the FBI knowing they had an issue to exploit, and being very nervous about doing it, in the messages between Lisa Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok who would end up doing the questioning of Flynn.

The day before the Flynn interview:

January 23, 2017, the day before the Flynn interview, Peter Strzok says: “I can feel my heart beating harder, I’m so stressed about all the ways THIS has the potential to go fully off the rails.” Weird!

♦Page replies: “I know. I just talked with John, we’re getting together as soon as I get in to finish that write up for Andy (MCCABE) this morning.” Page agrees with Strzok about being stressed that “THIS” could go off the rails… (Strzok’s meeting w Flynn the next day)

Why would Page & Strzok be stressed about “THIS” potentially going off the rails?  The answer is simple: they knew the content of the phone call between Mike Flynn and Sergey Kislyak because they were listening in, and they were about to exploit the Pence statement to CBS.  That’s why they were so nervous.  They were planning and plotting with Andrew McCabe about how they were going to exploit the phone-tap.

I’m not convinced that Flynn lied.  There’s a good possibility Flynn was honest but his honesty contradicted Pence’s national statement on CBS; and he likely tried to dance through a needle without being overly critical of VP-elect Pence misspeaking.   Remember, the alternative, if Flynn is brutally honest, is for the media to run with a narrative about Vice-President Pence is now a national liar in the media.

That’s why the issue of how the FBI interviewers write the 302 summary of the interview becomes such an important facet.   We see that dynamic again playing out in the messages between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok with Andrew McCabe providing the guidance.

February 14th, 2017, text messages – here is a note about the FBI reports filed from the Flynn interview.  Peter Strzok asks Lisa Page if FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is OK with his report: “Also, is Andy good with F-302?”

Lisa Page replies: “Launch on F 302”.

That would be Flynn’s 302.  The FBI interpretation of the Flynn interview, is now the way the FBI can control the interview content…. and, specifically because the only recourse Flynn would have to contradict that FBI interpretation would be to compromise the Vice President… Flynn cannot challenge the structure of the narrative within the 302 outline.

See what happened?

It is important to note the operational DOJ and FBI never pursued Flynn.  It was the special counsel, Robert Mueller’s group, who targeted Flynn with instructions and support from Rod Rosenstein.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in later effort to help the scheme team cover-up the entire surveillance operation, charged Flynn (full pdf) with falsely telling FBI agents that he did not ask the ambassador “to refrain from escalating the situation” in response to the sanctions.

According to the plea, while being questioned by FBI agents on January 24, 2017, Flynn also lied when he claimed he could not recall a subsequent conversation with Kislyak, in which the ambassador told Flynn that the Putin regime had “chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of [Flynn’s] request.”

Furthermore, a week before the sanctions were imposed, Flynn had also spoken to Kislyak, asking the ambassador to delay or defeat a vote on a pending United Nations resolution.

The criminal complaint charges Flynn lied to the FBI by denying both that he’d made this request and that he’d spoken afterward with Kislyak about Russia’s response to it.

There was nothing wrong with the incoming national-security adviser’s having meetings with foreign counterparts or discussing such matters as the sanctions in those meetings.

However, lying to the FBI -or McCabe structuring the FBI position of the 302’s to give the appearance of Flynn lying- is the process crime that led to Flynn’s admissions.

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343 Responses to Flynn Sentencing Memo Outlines the Set-up Created by Andrew McCabe…

  1. Mr. T. says:

    I have to wonder why General Flynn’s legal team hasn’t asked for a dismissal. The DOJ has nothing to back them up, now that Strzok and McCabe have both been fired because of their credibility problems. How can the DOJ call on either one of them, when the defense team would have a field day because they are both known liars. There are rumors swirling that General Flynn cooperated because Mueller and his goons threatened to go after his son. That, or as RTD just mentioned, General Flynn’s Turkey problems are a lot bigger than they appear.

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    • G. Combs says:

      Mike Flynn, Woolsey and Islamist Fethullah Gülen of Turkey:

      name redacted h ttps://threadreaderapp.com/thread/937831014965153792
      “Adm Mike Rogers saved the country. On nov 18 he met the NATSEC team of PDJT transition team and briefed them on it all…. At that meeting were current DCI Pompeo , former DCI Woolsey, now ambassador, Mike Flynn, Jeff Sessions, and PDJT. “

      James Woolsey served as CIA director in President Bill Clinton’s administration and joined the Trump Team in September 2016 and left January 2017. (can you say Clinton SPY)

      I suggest reading this ‘damning with faint praise’ article quoting Woolsey:
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/05/former-cia-director-james-woolsey-quits-trump-transition-team/?utm_term=.ef7976686d41

      This is a News With Views article:
      “The General’s FARA filing revealed that a September 19 meeting occurred and that Islamist Fethullah Gülen was discussed. But the filing claims that Flynn’s work was on behalf of Inovo, not the Turkish government, and that it concerned merely “the political climate in Turkey” and “doing business in Turkey,” related to the export of natural gas….” https://newswithviews.com/establishment-insiders-mueller-and-woolsey-falsely-target-ltg-michael-flynn/

      Woolsey, who was at that meeting twisted the story. This is where the accusation of Flynn planning to kidnap Gülen came from:
      “Former CIA Director James Woolsey has been in contact with FBI agents working under special counsel Robert Mueller regarding his knowledge of former national security adviser Michael Flynn…” https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/357605-fbi-spoke-to-ex-cia-chief-about-alleged-flynn-plan-for-turkish

      “Woolsey, who served on the board of Michael Flynn’s lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group, was at a meeting on September 19, 2016, with Flynn and Turkish government ministers …” https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-james-woolsey-mueller-mar-a-lago-2017-11

      So they had General Flynn between a rock and a hard place because ‘reputable people’ (tied to the Clintons) were willing to LIE!

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    • Interested Observer says:

      Turkey problems. He plead guilty for this instead and was given no jail time recommendation. It is a cover up but a great deal for Flynn. Trump will pardon him.

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    • mimbler says:

      Can you ask for a dismissal after you have pled guilty?

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      • WSB says:

        You would think, having been coerced, that there should be an avenue to dismiss even after a plea.

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      • Yes. But the bar is very high. A hail mary pass in most situations. Pappendapouls tried and was quickly denied.

        https://crooksandliars.com/2018/11/motion-denied-george-papadopoulos-must

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      • Mr. T. says:

        Mimbler, Flynn’s lawyers have the legal right to withdraw from the plea deal so long as they do it before he is sentenced. Part of the plea deal stipulates that Flynn is giving up his right to appeal. If Flynn’s lawyers withdrew from the plea deal, then they would have the right to request a dismissal, and if the judge refuses, then they have a right to request a jury trial or a bench trial where a judge would decided guilt of innocence. I personally would request a jury trial and take my chances in front of the 12 instead of the 1. I’m not keen on this judge as anyone with decent amount of legal experience would have dismissed this case long ago. The judge is the one running the show, and he or she has the authority to question what the prosecution is doing, especially if the judge suspects there is monkey business involved.

        We know as a matter of fact, that not only was General Flynn not advised of his rights when Strzok and the other FBI agent went to the White House to interview him, but there was collusion on the part of McCabe and Strzok to avoid advising General Flynn of his rights so that he would be more relaxed and open, a clear violation of General Flynn’s right to not incriminate himself. It was basically entrapment. I don’t think for one minute, that General Flynn would have talked so freely if he was advised of his rights BEFORE the interview started. In fact, General Flynn may have requested that his lawyer be present during questioning, or not even cooperated at all.

        Back to the withdraw of the plea deal and possible request for dismissal or trial, Flynn would have to okay all of it. He’s not doing that and that leads me to believe that they’ve got something else they could use against him, or possibly against his son if the rumors about that are true. General Flynn may just be taking one to protect his son, and if true, I don’t blame him one bit. General Flynn is already in the spotlight and under the microscope. Better to leave the rest of his family out of this at any cost. He is a soldier, and that’s that soldiers sometimes do. They jump on live grenades to protect their fellow soldiers.

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  2. Jayke says:

    Vice President Pence was asked a specific question on January 15, 2017. Here is the transcript:

    JOHN DICKERSON: But there’s a distinction between that feeling about the press and legitimate inquiry, as you say, that the Senate Intelligence Committee is doing. Just to button up one question, did any advisor or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?

    MIKE PENCE: Of course not.

    It was not simply contact with the Russians. It was contact with the Russians “WHO WERE TRYING TO MEDDLE IN THE ELECTION.”

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    • lanahi says:

      Flynn got into trouble because of something Pence said to a JOURNALIST? Would it be illegal to lie to a journalist now?

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    • RatedProduct says:

      Indeed, a pivotal point in this whole mess.
      Have to wonder how things would have rolled out if Pence had replied:

      ‘I’m afraid I don’t have an answer to that John. I don’t know who the Russians trying to meddle in the election were and I have no idea if anyone with the campaign might have talked to them.’

      McCabe et al would have to have found another way to muck things up.

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      • Summer says:

        I think Pence was replying to the obviously implied suggestion that someone in the campaign was KNOWINGLY in contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the elections. So, he emphatically denied the accusation as if the mere suggestion of such a thing ever happening was preposterous. He could not possibly know how his three simple words would be later used by the conspirators.

        I take issue with the “meddling with the elections” thing to begin with. Such a broad term. Also, why single out the Russians?
        In hindsight, I think that the Trump team dropped the ball by becoming defensive and reactionary by firing Flynn “for misleading” instead of going on the offensive.

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        • RatedProduct says:

          Can’t disagree with that perspective Summer but I guess I was imagining the reply being delivered with a fair measure of sarcasm. Dickerson threw it out as a ‘gotcha’ shot; just looking for a soundbite. Had Pence been a little lighter on his feet and ready to throw such crap back he’d have denied the suggestion with a bit of derision.
          Agree completely on the ‘defensiveness’. Just as Sessions should have told those screaming for recusal to go pound sand. But, I guess we know a little more about him now.

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        • Mike Hutchinson says:

          Summer, do you think that the strategy behind Flynn not seeking dismissal but going along for the “ride” may be that the Trump team will use this situation as part of a larger “package” to highlight Mueller’s corruption”?

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  3. Beau Geste says:

    hillary and comey: “I don’t remember”
    DOJ/FBI: ” mere carelessness, no prosecutor would prosecute”
    General Flynn: “I don’t remember”
    DOJ/FBI: “PROSECUTE !!!”

    President Trump needs to issue an Executive Order that “Equal Justice Under the Law” requires the DOJ/FBI to treat all investigations and potential prosecutions with the same standards. Accordingly, the standards applied to comey and hillsry shall be applied in all subsequent cases. It shall be a defense to a “process crime” or secret record release, or destruction of subpoenaed evidence that the defendant is being treated more harshly than comey or hillary as the “Equal Protection Standard”.

    The DOJ can change the standard by reopening the hillary cases, and investigation/prosecuting comey for admitted and other “leaks”

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  4. CaptainNonno says:

    Don’t understand why Pence wasn’t free to clarify his denouncement within the context of the question asked? The question was relative to meddling in the election, not normal course of business conversations. How did this get beyond the context?

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  5. railer says:

    Yeah, this lying to the FBI nonsense was a set up. Flynn won’t receive any jail time, I bet. They can’t hit him hard because McCabe is up for prosecution at some point, and perhaps other DoJ crooks, and the Swamp has to take care of them and cover this all up. We’re getting to the end now. Mueller has done his (real) job. The Muh Russia conspirators are skating away, with a few underlings getting hit.

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  6. Bill Henslee says:

    What have we learned over the past years about the FBI students? Never talk to the FBI without a lawyer present and answer most questions with “I don’t remember” or “I have no specific recollection of that”

    In other words, the Mueller group’s actions have taught even honest citizens not to be forthcoming with the FBI in any situation.

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  7. HickTick says:

    It was all set up , Dickerson was fed the questions to ask , they had to get Flynn away from PDJT as soon as possible . That’s why they have delayed sentencing , Flynn will bury them when he is clear .

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  8. John says:

    Nice setup by McCabe and Yates… the Logan act….mischief managed. Glad all four (Yates, McCabe, Strzok and Page) of those assholes got fired. Any future potential boyfriend of Page has the deal with the fact she was hanging with Strzok. Stzrok is an internet meme of the creepy weirdo. McCabe is probably going to jail. Yates got off for the time being. 3/4 isn’t bad. The blast radius might still take another 4-5 out. Comey’s Mr. Smith went to Washington act is quickly coming to end too.

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  9. Deep State Slayer says:

    I would ask the President to Pardon General Flynn and thereafter appoint him as the New AG. It seems Ms. Mueller needs to have an Ex-General to be his superior, rightfully so, all I hear from the left about Mueller and his Military experience, seems the Good General would know just how to handle Dirty Mueller.

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  10. Republicanvet91 says:

    What is very telling about this statement:

    “Vice-President Pence is now a national liar in the media.”

    Is that even Flynn knew, that whatever he said to these FBI agents, it would be leaked to the media to be used as an attack on Pence, Trump or anyone else they could attack. He knew the FBI would leak the content of his interview, particularly if he were honest and said Pence was not correct in what he said.

    Flynn knew whatever he said to these FBI agents was going to be leaked to the media.

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  11. jeans2nd says:

    When will anyone get around to connecting these same FBI setup schemes to Felix Sater and Michael Cohen?

    Oldiadguy told us about Felix Sater, what, 2 years ago? No one listened (except me, it seems).
    Larry Johnson has written twice recently about Sater and the Cohen/Russian connections over at Col Lang’s, but only John Batchelor has paid any attention, other than we Col Lang aficionados.

    The FBI setups are all the same, outlined above in Gen Flynn’s court papers. Gen Flynn is just one of several within Pres Trump’s campaign that were targeted in exactly the same way.
    And yet, no one sees, no one hears, no one says a thing. smh

    Meanwhile, we debate the pros and cons of the “Power of the Prosecutor” over at the Federalist Society.
    Paris burns. How far behind is America?

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    • CNN_sucks says:

      Not very far. Some experts predicting recession in 2020. Just right on time before the election year to damage Trump. Bush was the guinea pig when the economy collapse and it will happen again. Globalists to sow chaos before the election.

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  12. Karen Giorda says:

    They ruined a mans life just to get Trump so sad!!!

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  13. lydia00 says:

    We lament the “in your face” two tiered justice system of spying on, unmasking and setting up political opponents using our resources, I am glad there is some historical record of such. If only there were more just judges.

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  14. cali says:

    This was actually the 2nd set-up to go after Flynn @Sundance.

    The 1st one Sally Yates and her Hussein concocted Logan Act violation running to the Trump white house council McGahn.

    That all being said:

    Michael Flynn was the top spook in all things espionage, counterterrorism and more.

    He knew beforehand that they were spying on him ergo he knew what they were trying to do when they called.
    Military caliber men and patriots like Flynn and Rogers didn’t work together to blow this deep state up from within ergo Flynn pled as he did “To Let The Process Play Out” and take these Mfs out by blowing up.
    The latest court filing reflect the co-ordination of Horowitz and Flynn who provided necessary info.

    See – either Strzok or Weissman destroyed to original 302’s plus wiped out electronic record. All that is left what Strzok, Page and McCabe concocted 7 MONTHS later.

    The thing is Admiral Rogers had the files and so did our Q-military intelligence team. Flynn also secretly taped them.

    I know this board does not allow any mention of Q but the fact remains that we knew since 4 December 2017 – one year earlier to the day – that Flynn would be vindicated exactly beginning 4 December 2018.

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  15. Luke Adachi says:

    so, they were just saying that the reason there’s two copies of this is that they changed a heading? so here’s the copy with and without the heading?

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