Why Was Flynn Targeted? – A Timeline Review of the Three Phases….

The recently unsealed documents in the Flynn case provide some key information to fill in a timeline that shows exactly why incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn needed to be removed by the pre-existing Obama intelligence community. WATCH:


You might note the recent releases from internal FBI documents surround three specific phases of activity, representing individual blocks of time, amid a longer timeline:

  • (1) The transition period. A set of actions in December 2016 through early January 2017; which includes the FBI deciding to stop the investigation of Flynn (FARA-Russia) January 4th; and the apoplexy of the FBI to continue it.
  • (2) The immediate days of the Trump administration; and the need for the FBI to target Flynn on January 24, 2017, surrounding a Logan Act violation.
  • (3) The assembly of an FBI narrative following the January 24th interview; which includes the planning by the FBI for how to write up the Flynn interview notes culminating on February 15th.

Each of the phases had a separate FBI and DOJ targeting approach; there was an evolution in the justification. The first targeting of Flynn (2016) used FARA-Russia. The second targeting (January 2017) used the Logan Act. The third targeting, taken over by Robert Mueller (mid-2017), was FARA-Turkey.  In each phase the media was used by the FBI as a conduit for their effort.

If we look at specific actions, and overlay the new documents, the motives for the actions are a lot more clear. It starts with the Obama administration concocting a narrative that Russians interfered in the November 2016 election.


♦ December 29, 2016 – The intelligence community releases the Joint Analysis Report (JAR). This is timed to coincide with President Obama ordering 35 Russian officials to leave the country.  (Yahoo Media)

♦ December 29, 2016 – Reacting to the sanctions, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak calls incoming National Security Director Michael Flynn. The intelligence community is monitoring the call. (Mueller Report)

♦ December 31, 2016 – Kislyak Call #2 (Mueller Report)

♦ January 4, 2017 – The FBI Washington Field Office informs the intelligence community via an Electronic Communication, they are closing the 2016 Flynn investigation.

♦ January 4, 2017 – FBI Agent Peter Strzok says don’t close it.

♦ January 5, 2017 – James Comey goes to the White House: [Susan Rice Memo]

[Susan Rice] “President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities “by the book“.”

“The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would, “by the book.””

[Kathryn Ruemmler] The memorandum to file drafted by Ambassador Rice memorialized an important national security discussion between President Obama and the FBI Director and the Deputy Attorney General. President Obama and his national security team were justifiably concerned about potential risks to the Nation’s security from sharing highly classified information about Russia with certain members of the Trump transition team, particularly Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

January 6, 2017 – James Comey briefs President-elect Trump in Trump Tower on the Steele Dossier. [Comey Memos]

♦ January 7, 2017 – The intelligence community (Brennan, Clapper, Comey) released an “Intelligence Community Assessment” (ICA).  The ICA took the ridiculous construct of the JAR and then overlaid a political narrative that Russia was trying to help Donald Trump.

♦ January 20, 2017 – Inauguration


♦ January 21, 2017 – The FBI is planning out how to exploit the transcript of Flynn’s conversation with Russian Ambassador Kislyak.

  • Crossfire Hurricane (CH) is the overall investigation that began in July 2016
  • Crossfire Typhoon (CT) is George Papadopoulos.
  • Crossfire Razor (CR) is Michael Flynn.
  • Cross Wind is still unknown. [Could be a person (Page), or a subset of the case]

First email is from Peter Strzok to the FBI team:

♦ January 22, 2017 – More planning and discussion about what approach to take.  The follow-up email is from an unknown addressee to: Peter Strzok, John Moffa and Lisa Page. The outline is to provide Flynn [Razor] with a defensive briefing.

♦ January 23, 2017 – Lisa Page and Peter Strzok discussing FBI Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap having concerns about what they are doing:

♦ January 23 and 24, 2017 – Bill Priestap notes recently released highlight his concern:

FBI Director of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap is not comfortable with the way the FBI is planning to set-up Flynn on January 24th the day of the interview.  He documents his concerns during a conversation with FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

According to Lisa Page text: “(McCabe) dd is frustrated.”


The original authorization for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller was May 17th, 2017.  However, the released Weissmann report shows there were two additional scope memos authorizing specific targeting of the Mueller probe.  The first scope memo was August 2nd, 2017, OUTLINED HERE, and is an important part of the puzzle that helps explain the corrupt original purpose of the special counsel.

The second scope memo was issued by Rod Rosenstein to Robert Mueller on October 20th, 2017.  The transparent intent of the second scope memo was to provide Weissmann and Mueller with ammunition and authority to investigate specific targets, for specific purposes.  One of those targets was General Michael Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr.

As you review the highlighted portion below, found on pages 12 and 13 of the Weissmann report, read slowly and fully absorb the intent; the corruption is blood-boiling:

This second scope memo allowed Weissmann and Mueller to target tangentially related persons and entities bringing in Michael Cohen, Richard Gates, Roger Stone and Michael Flynn Jr.  Additionally and strategically (you’ll see why), this memo established the authority to pursue “jointly undertaken activity“.

The investigation of General Flynn never stopped throughout 2016 and led to the second investigative issue of his phone call with Russian Ambassador Kislyak in December 2016.

Within the case against Michael Flynn…. Prosecutor Brandon Van Grack filed a cover letter attempting to explain the reason for the Flynn interview on January 24th, 2017, and the official filing of the interview notes (FD-302) on February 15th, 2017, and then again on May 31st, 2017.

To explain the FBI delay, Van Grack claimed the FD-302 report “inadvertently” had a header saying “DRAFT DOCUMENT/DELIBERATIVE MATERIAL” (screen grab)

What the special counsel appeared to be obfuscating to the court was there was factually a process of deliberation within the investigative unit, headed by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, surrounding the specific wording of the 302 report on the Flynn interview.  Likely how best to word the FBI notes for maximum damage.

In late 2018 Prosecutor Brandon Van Grack was attempting to hide the length of the small group deliberations within the FBI. It seems he did not want the court to know Andrew McCabe was involved in shaping how the Flynn-302 was written.

We know there was a deliberative process in place, seemingly all about how to best position the narrative, because we can see the deliberations in text messages between Lisa Page and Peter Strzok: See below (note the dates).

Peter Strzok edited the interview notes, several times.   Then he handed them off to Lisa Page to edit… and she did…. significantly:

The text message conversation above is February 10th and Feb 14th, 2017.

The Michael Flynn FD-302 was officially entered into the record on February 15th, 2017, per the report:

Obviously the interview took place on January 24th, 2017. The FD-302 was drafted on January 24th, and then later edited, shaped, and ultimately approved by McCabe, on February 14th, then entered into the official record on February 15th.

The FBI notes were a deliberative document from the outset. Thanks to the Strzok/Page text messages we know the cover letter from the Special Counsel is misleading.  The Feb 15th, 2017, date was the day after McCabe approved it.

May 17th, 2017, Robert Mueller was assigned as special Counsel. Then, the FD-302 report was re-entered on May 31st, 2017, removing the header; paving the way for Mueller’s team to use the content therein.

Back to the Page #12 October 20th Scope Memo:

The first redaction listed under “personal privacy” is unknown; however, The second related redaction is a specific person, Michael Flynn Jr.

In combination with the October timing, the addition of Flynn Jr to the target list relates to the ongoing 2016/2017 investigation of his father, General Michael Flynn, for: (1) possible conspiracy with Russia; (2) unregistered lobbying (Russia then Turkey); (3) materially false statements/omissions on 2017 FARA documents; and (4) lying to the FBI.

This October 20th, 2017, request from Weissmann and Mueller aligns with the time-frame were special counsel team lawyers Brandon L. Van Grack and Zainab N. Ahmad were prosecuting Michael Flynn and attempting to force him into a guilty plea

Getting Rosenstein to authorize adding Mike Flynn Jr. to the target list (scope memo) meant the special counsel could threaten General Flynn with the indictment of his son as a co-conspirator tied to the Turkish lobbying issue (which they did) if he doesn’t agree to a plea. Remember: “jointly undertaken activity“.

The October 20th, 2017, expanded scope memo authorized Mueller to start demanding records, phones, electronic devices and other evidence from Mike Flynn Jr, and provided the leverage Weissmann wanted.  After all, Mike Flynn Jr. had a four month old baby. 

The amount of twisted pressure from this corrupt team of prosecutors is sickening.  A month later, General Flynn was signing a plea agreement:


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249 Responses to Why Was Flynn Targeted? – A Timeline Review of the Three Phases….

  1. jay says:

    At the same time Strozk discusses the insurance policy with Page, Flynn attends a security briefing with DJT. DJT’s first. The press went off the deep end on DJT and Flynn. Flynn was despised by Obama. I think Flynn’s January prosecution was hatched in July or August 2016, and referred to as the insurance plan. Flynn was a liability to Obama. They needed to get rid of him so he could not advise DJT. They hatched the idea of ensnarling him in litigation -and they were feeding the press stories. They were laying the ground work. They could not come up with evidence and finally the decided to entrap him. Read the below string of stories. Even his son is libeled. These people are evil.

    August 16, 2016
    Trump to receive first security briefing: sources – Reuters

    September 18, 2016
    What Really Happened at Donald Trump’s Intelligence Briefing – NBC News

    November 18, 2016
    5 Points On Trump’s Anti-Muslim National Security Adviser Michael Flynn | Talking Points Memo

    December 5, 2016
    Flynn under fire for fake news – POLITICO

    December 15, 2016
    Trump Security Aide Flynn Has Deep Ties to Defense Contractors

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    • WSB says:

      What is so amazing is the speed with which the cabal got rid of Flynn.

      If we rethink this, who was most responsible for Flynn’s ouster from the White House?

      And may I add KT McFarland.

      Liked by 2 people

    • davidsstones says:

      What is it Flynn observed, documented, heard evidence of, that condemns Obama?

      Three years of internal illegal espionage to frame a conviction by destruction of Flynn’s rigid incorruptible reputation of “uncovering enemies of America”; by Flynn’s determination to surface truth’s which would (and we hope will…) discredit and bring conviction of federal crimes to Obama’s feet which likely will destroy him but replace corruption with the balance of Truth and Justice in our government.

      It’s time Obama’s name be connected to his own Birds of a Feather in every single update, report, post, broadcast which mention any name of the (CTH’s) Small Group.

      Sidney Powell and Adm.Flynn, (both Christians) plus God, have plenty of brilliance and unshakeable dedication to Truth to break the sound barrier Obama insulated himself with.

      It’s time Obama’s name is connected to Flynn’s. In every background story, every update connecting the dots. This isn’t simply inexplainable bizarre hatred of Trump but of a Trump who got in their way and who could, by benefit of a Michael Flynn and access to indicting documents, expose depths of malicious and evil criminality by the person with the most to gain.
      None of the characters exposed so far are at that level. It would have to be an elected person at the highest level. A person whose corruption would dismantle the public trust. Begin the uncovering of the plot. To find the power behind the lesser powers – the Employees and Appointees – we must ask “Why” a small collection of wage earners with fantastic life long benefits are willing to put their freedoms, powers, careers, reputations and wealth, on the line for their Boss who happens to be the President of the US; B. H. Obama.

      Destruction of Flynn is part of the Grand Deception.

      It’s time to tie Obama to the “Why” and, the “What”.

      I believe Clinton is the side show; next in line on the way up the chain from corruptible agencies to the top is former President Obama. What happened to Adm. Flynn and Trump’s friends was a collective will.

      Uncovering the chains tied to Obama must come next; the crafting. Obama hid and sealed his college grades not because he earned high marks; he never expected Trump had the brilliance to uncover him or to reveal his now 3-5 years war against Truth, Transparency, Society, Military, Justice, Equality and the Constitution and bill of Rights.

      Obama disliked Hillary. Nancy Pelosi orchestrated the closed door decision in her house in Wa. DC near the end of the 2008 Primary. Pelosi telling Clinton to step down in exchange for an elevated position in Obama’s administration and a promise to her (Hillary) the party would back her next; which they did by aborting Sanders.

      Obama is not protecting Hillary, he’s protecting Self, and, I believe, his nuevo riche lifestyle, an Administrative power seat in the New World Govt. and his dangerously explosive federal level of corruption and sabotage of our wealthy nation during 8 years of money laundering a few Trillion dollars they expected to double to/by 16 years using Clinton.

      It is Obama who is unwilling to wait out Trump’s 4 years let alone 8 years. I suggest Obama is unable to deliver on promises to foreign powers. Consider both his and Kerry’s travels directly behind Trump’s footsteps whenever Trump met with any foreign head of state.

      Like waiters, following behind the honored guest, sweeping the crumbs left on floor and table. They pocket the crumbs but fail at analyzing them. Cunning, educated liars yet not one alone is able to understand Trump. Trump and Flynn; the only ones who studied war. All the Democrats in power studied law. Every one of them.

      FBI, DOJ, Rice, Holder, Lynch, Covington, Muller, and so many more protecting Obama are the “How”.
      The five W’s and sometimes How.
      Who, What, When, Where, Why and sometimes How.
      We have the Who, When, Where and How.
      Curiously missing are the What and Why because Hillary is not the common denominator. She’s the front person with a convincing drama of a woman defeated. Obama is the only person of interest.

      It’s a fan dance. A practiced and crafted series of manipulations to cover Obama’s nakedness. It’s really all about Obama impersonating Sally Rand. The names filling 3 years of research are each, many Feathers; many deceptions.

      I’m not wrong.

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      • dawndoe says:

        Any idea how much Obama personally gains by laundering these trillions?


      • It goes back much further to anti radical Islamist Flynn not playing well with Brennan and Obama. Flynn would not play ball with Obama Brennan alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood.

        Obama and Brennan planned on radical political MBhood to rule the entire ME by starting the Arab Spring.


        Then Flynn wanted to audit the spy agencies and see what they have really been up to.

        This goes way deeper. What happened to the corruption with Ukraine/DNC money laundering? Where did the Billions go that the CDC spent on imaginary supplies to ready for pandemics? Where did all the money go from the DOJ suing the banks and getting settlements? The list could go on and on.

        And what did the Republicans like Paul Ryan do about all of this? NOTHING. Just like when a dirty prosecutor is caught, you have to go back and investigate everything they did in the past, investigate everyone including RHINO RYAN.


  2. “Why Michael Flynn Was Set Up”

    Flynn was known to have been one of the most adamant opponents of the Iran Deal within the Obama administration in the first place and, with his military record as a three-star general plus aforementioned intelligence expertise, perhaps the most powerful one.


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    • Raptors2020 says:

      Iran seems to be Obama’s tripwire. Again, an issue where much is left unknown.
      PapaD was advising Israel on a gas pipeline across Cyprus: a pipeline Iran (and Russia) didn’t want built. That bought insignificant George P. years of legal and intelligence harassment.

      PapaD and Flynn were both being set up before they joined forces with Trump: don’t miss that huge truth.

      And the fact the Russian Ambassador made the phone call to Flynn (not the other way around), the phone call Obama’s Intelligence leaders exploited in a big way, increases my suspicion that Russia was a major player in the Russian Collusion hoax. The Russians bought Hillary, at a huge price: they wanted their money’s worth.

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      • trnathens says:

        You know what’s REALLY interesting?

        Rereading Edward Snowden’s Wikipedia page, in light of all this.

        I’m thinking FULL pardon, testify, probably already spoke with Durham. Yep.

        Sure would like to pick HIS brain right about now.

        Here, remember why he was a SPY?


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      • Mo says:

        Two calls
        one from Gen. Flynn to Kysliak One from Kisyliak to Gen. Flynn

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      • Jederman says:

        If this country had a personally and professionally ethical “press” with real journalists seeking truth where ever it may be, the world may know more clearly why Iran was such a big deal to obama. Oui bono – all the way from dc to Tehran.

        The obama crew may try the “by the book” this is different, this is a CI operation but without probable cause it looks like what it is. Abuse of fed authority and resources to go after political opposition. It’s the chicago way writ large.

        If ever there was a need for a REAL CI investigation it would have been an investigation of obama, his empty portfolio, his dubious acquaintances, family, buried paper trail… .

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    • WSB says:

      “♦ December 29, 2016 – Reacting to the sanctions, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak calls incoming National Security Director Michael Flynn. The intelligence community is monitoring the call. (Mueller Report)”

      Did Russia have an ax to grind with Flynn? Kislyak seems to always be hanging around.

      Liked by 4 people

      • S. Armaticus says:

        Could be that the Russians were also eavesdropping in on Obama and his co-conspirators. Would have been easy, since we are talking about the most incompetent bunch of clowns that ever occupied the White House.

        Actually, even Strzok noticed that their incompetence allowed them to get away with the “insurance policy”.

        Not to mention that the President’s Daily Brief was being sent everywhere under Obama. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Russian Embassy was one of those destinations…

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    • Edward says:

      Anyone in America that voices concern about Islam is subject to censure.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Linda K. says:

      Flynn not only knows where the bodies are buried, he would know what Obama had been up to when he started working in the White House, right away. Flynn was an insider and would be right up to speed.

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    • MelH says:



  3. Rileytrips says:

    There are many reasons why Obama, Clinton, and the majority of the last administration despised Gen. Flynn…and we’re afraid of him.
    He had been a life long Democrat, until he met candidate Donald J. Trump.
    Here is an exclusive interview with Flynn dated August 28, 2016 by a Breitbart reporter:


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    • jay says:

      Flynn spoke truth and got outed.

      “My role as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency—that’s almost a 20,000 person organization in 140 plus countries around the world,” Flynn said. “I was also the senior military and intelligence officer not only for the Defense Department but for the country. So I mean I was basically told ‘hey, you know what, what you’re saying we don’t like. So you’re out.’ To Donald Trump, though, and I haven’t known him that long but I met him a year ago—in fact a year ago this month. The conversation that we had, which was an amazing conversation, I found a guy that like I to say, ‘he gets it.’ He gets it. He is a street savvy strategic leader type person who has a vision for this country, and he’s turned it into this phrase of ‘Make America Great Again.’”

      Liked by 13 people

    • nimrodman says:

      Man, that is a KEY article, Riley, thanks for that


  4. Trey Dawg says:

    The media is complicit in a RICO case. Organized crime is not protected by the 1st amendment. They were the ransom note carriers as well as the smoke screen makers all the while distracting people from seeing what was happening under their noses

    Liked by 10 people

    • Ipse Dipxit says:

      Not just the “media”, but the corporations that own them, too, all the way up to their management who personally profit from these cost centers and who’s global interests run counter to those of the USA.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Jimmy R says:

    Purports to be the Turkish guy who hired Flynn:


    • Rileytrips says:

      Here is an article I found that cites the WSJ – don’t know about the website, but the information is interesting. It explains what Gen. Flynn had found out about the Clinton Foundation, and why he was working with the guy in the above video.
      This was reported last June. I had heard something about it before.

      I wonder if the children in the charter schools were being trafficked – like the Clinton Foundation did to the Haitian children.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Edward says:

      Amazing link . . . one of many reasons why I love this site, the comments provide data that is totally new to me.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Jaap Titulaer says:

      He is. He’s a Dutch/Turkish guy. Speaks English like a Dutchman. But has two passports. And he is more a Turk than a Dutchman, it’s clear where his sympathies lie. Nevertheless, he sounds like a rather modern Turk. And he chairs a Turkish -American business-council. Lives in NL, but had many TR & US contacts. He used to be on the staff of a big-time pro-Israeli Democrat in Congress.

      He dislikes the Gullen Islamic ‘sect’ and seems pro-Erdogan but admits it was problematic because Erdogan’s AKP & the Gullen organisation used to work together to promote (orthodox) Islamic policies with a respectable & modern face.
      Meanwhile, they took over many posts in TR. The Gullen people infiltrated (e.g.) the eduction system. But had people everywhere, including the military.
      Then later Erdogan & Gullen had a fall-out in a way which reminds me of the 1930’s…

      Anyway, Ekim Alptekin wanted an investigation against Gullen who was hiding out in the US. He wanted the US to know who & what he was. That seems to have started after the coup against Erdogan which people like Ekim thinks was organized by Gullen, but others think Gullen was just scapegoated.

      Hence he hired Flynn via his business partner, and he had the intention that TR would help out in financing the research, but they weren’t biting. That’s a it odd: to arrange the contract with the idea that later others join in to pay, and going ahead without having that secured.
      So his story can be true, although there are a few things I would like to know more about.

      Also explains why Flynn wanted to help. Flynn is against the more extreme Islamic parties, such as Salafists and their ilk, but also against the ‘orthodox’ Islamists. Hence he could be hired to investigate Gullen’s rather orthodox Islamic sect & what his intentions were in the US (where the organisation was & is operating on a smaller scale).

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  6. islandpalmtrees says:

    Short note: Sidney Powell has done an excellent job on this case for Flynn. General Flynn, you are a very lucky man! I was struck by the visible impact this had on Sidney! That’s the kind of lawyer, we all want!

    Liked by 8 people

  7. Right to reply says:

    I ask again. Who gave these organizations the power to destroy innocent people? We should be demanding every case ever tried by the FBI be investigated. How many innocent people without funds, or fame, are rotting in our jails?

    Liked by 4 people

    • S. Armaticus says:

      These agencies gave this power to themselves.

      I know that I might be sounding like a broken record but, it is their incompetence that does not allow them to function in a Truth (facts, evidence, logic) based world. So they have to cut corners. In the same way that the old Soviet Union cut corners. But at the end, and as President Trump observed, Truth is a force of nature. It exists in and of itself. In the end it will come out. What we are seeing now is this process in motion…

      Liked by 3 people

      • testpointwp says:

        The reason Truth is so powerful is because it is more than a force of nature.
        “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…”, Jesus.
        Understanding and accepting this single statement by Jesus has eternal significance. The truth does exist in and of itself. It is never changing. And it will prevail.

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  8. apcharles says:

    Hey Hollywood here is your chance.

    A true story about a strong, independent woman who took on en entire corrupt system of government… and beat em to free an innocent man.

    Somehow, I bet they don’t make that movie.

    Liked by 8 people

  9. Diabolik says:

    Treason. We want the media conglomerates for treason/sedition.


    • Diabolik says:

      That might be “antisepticsemitic”
      Clean house President Trump! We trust in you!
      And I sent you $45!
      To put my money where my mouth is!

      Liked by 4 people

  10. Cathy M. says:

    “(McCabe) dd is frustrated.”

    “Flynn Entrapment was McCabe’s Revenge”

    As Sara A. Carter and John Solomon of Circa News report:

    Flynn had “roiled the bureau’s leadership by intervening on behalf of a decorated counterterrorism agent who accused now-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of sexual discrimination, according to documents and interviews.

    Flynn’s intervention on behalf of Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was highly unusual, and included a letter in 2014 on his official Pentagon stationary, a public interview in 2015 supporting Gritz’s case and an offer to testify on her behalf. His offer put him as a hostile witness in a case against McCabe, who was soaring through the bureau’s leadership ranks.

    The FBI sought to block Flynn’s support for the agent, asking a federal administrative law judge in May 2014 to keep Flynn and others from becoming a witness in her Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) case, memos obtained by Circa show. Two years later, the FBI opened its inquiry of Flynn…

    McCabe eventually became the bureau’s No. 2 executive and emerged as a central player in the FBI’s Russia election tampering investigation, putting him in a position to impact the criminal inquiry against Flynn.

    Three FBI employees told Circa they personally witnessed McCabe make disparaging remarks about Flynn before and during the time the retired Army general emerged as a figure in the Russia case.”


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    • jingosam says:

      And Bill Barr’s DOJ dropped its criminal investigation against McCabe and refused to press charges against him! Why was that? Two options. Either McCabe has decided to help the DOJ or Barr is part of the problem. I’m leaning towards the latter.


  11. hokkoda says:

    Judge Sullivan will not take the time to read it. He’s going to fall back in simplicity: Flynn plead guilty and many times Flynn has now said he lied.

    Hope I’m wrong. The flood of docs coming from a third party reviewer is pretty significant. If another DOJ prosecutor thinks it is potentially exculpatory, and he’s on Van Grack’s team, not Flynn’s, then it stands to reason the judge would consider it relevant to Flynn’s plea.

    It’s a travesty what was fine to Flynn. No sane person should ever speak to an FBI agent again for any reason, even socially. You must assume every contact with the FBI is a trap.

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    • regitiger says:

      there are two motions of import before this court

      a. motion to dismiss

      b. motion to withdrawal former guilty plea

      the judge will have to rule on both.

      my assumption based on what has been released is that Judge Sullivan will not allow dismissal, but will allow the withdrawal.

      and then the ball is with the DOJ…and that become very complicated for the prosecutors:

      do we risk going forward with this trial and getting our asses handed to us again..and again.

      or do we decline any prosecution and just quit the case?

      I think they quit the case….and not because that is what I WANT to happen.

      given the corruption and AG Barr’s record and the enormous influence of the deep state that preceded this fraud….I believe BARR will be unwilling to risk getting that exposure.

      see POWELL throws a wrench into Barr’s plans either way.

      if he isn’t going to do anything and has made up his mind …allowing powell to force his hand is unsatisfactory.

      if he is going to do something..I am sure he wants to perform that on his own terms and not in this Gen Flynn case.

      these are just my opinions.

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      • rickinhouston says:

        Too Hollywood an ending. If it falls bavk to DOJ they will move forward, probably with very junior prosecutors and ruin their budding careers.

        Or Sullivan moves forward. Can Flynn appeal?

        It’s not going to be over. These things never are. Is it over for the Russian bot lawsuit?


      • dwpender says:

        If this matter EVER goes to trial on the “false statements” case, DOJ cannot make its case in chief without calling the two exemplary citizens that conducted the interview — Strozk and Pientka (the latter no doubt with his face obscured and voice garbled pursuant to Court order)!

        I predict that, if called to testify, Strozk and/or Pientka would invoke the 5th.

        How would you like to be the prosecutor on THAT case?

        I agree that if Sullivan allows withdrawal, DOJ will drop the case. They would not DARE to call these witnesses.


      • hokkoda says:

        Exiting the plea makes the most sense


    • Bromdale says:

      The notion of “simplicity” does not apply here. The issues are complex.

      I have copied-and-pasted the following extract from


      What Situations Have the Most Reversals of a Guilty Plea?

      There are specific situations in which a judge is, generally, supposed to allow for plea withdrawal. Some of these situations include:

      — Duress and Undue Influence: The defendant may argue that they were under duress, undue influence, or in a panic when they agreed to sign the plea bargain. There may have been threats of severe consequences to pleading not guilty;

      — An “Unintelligent” Plead: A defendant may have not “intelligently” plead, whether due to being under the influence of alcohol or psychological challenges;

      — Denial of Constitutional Rights: If the defendant was denied certain constitutional rights, such as the right to counsel, a judge should allow for a guilty plea reversal; or

      — New Evidence: A plea reversal should be allowed if new evidence comes to light; DNA analysis is a good example.

      Sidney Powell has already highlighted some of these possibilities in her interviews, but time constraints have not allowed her to explore them in detail in the context of media coverage.


      • johnnyfandango says:

        We all know this was a frame job, total set up. Weisman’s crew manufactured a process crime against Flynn. This is political crime not by Flynn but Obama’s team. Ray is still withholding material that would make Sullivan’s decision much easier. It’s bs that Ray/FBI has been holding on to these documents that’s been recently released, these last 3 years. Un-redact all the Flynn documents. Fire Ray, Free Flynn. Let the incitements fly against these prosecutors, Obama team and press.

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  12. Fools Gold says:

    Sundance I’m completely blown away by the way you put pieces of the puzzle together so quickly and accurately and in such as understandable logical way. It’s what keeps me coming back here and no one else arms me with facts that well. I can’t speak for everyone else but I’m grateful for your blessing of seeing things and putting them together in such a brilliant way. Thank you!

    Liked by 8 people

    • Conservative_302 says:

      Ditto that. I go to this site to read the real news of the day. If Sundance doesn’t write about it, it’s just background noise. 😁

      Liked by 6 people

  13. Julian says:

    This all goes back to ISIS – the Islamic State.

    Flynn knew the US was involved in the funding, arming and creation of ISIS implicating Obama & Hillary Clinton and many others.

    Flynn was going to expose this.

    There is even a video in which Obama talks about sending arms to ISIS in Anbar Province!!

    I have a copy of that video – it’s damning.

    The whole Russia thing was created to target Flynn because he was going to help Trump expose who created ISIS.

    We will all hang said Hillary – yes, because you created an Islamic Terrorist organisation.

    Liked by 5 people

    • S. Armaticus says:

      Agree. I think Obama was trying to establish a Middle Eastern caliphate to allow the Muslims to become global players in their own right. I cannot see any other reason why Obama brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt (They had the army to do it). And this in my humble opinion is the source of the animosity toward Gen. Flynn…

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  14. Richie says:

    six ways from Sunday

    Liked by 6 people

    • rld rld says:

      You can take NSA out of there. Yes they grab everything, but Mike Rogers is pretty close to Pure. It was the illegal access of their database that Rogers noticed, stopped, and brought to light.


    • gsonFIT says:

      Where is Chuck “six ways to Sunday” Schumer. Both he and Harry Reid were involved


  15. cthusername says:

    Make Flynn the FBI Director in charge of cleaning it up (per Dan Bongino).

    Liked by 2 people

  16. taxpayer here says:

    What they did to Gen Flynn is despicable. They’ll all have their very own judgement day, hope they have one in a courtroom first.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. Raptors2020 says:

    McCarthy’s theory is fine as far as it goes, but there is far more to the story of Flynn being stalked.

    Stefan Halper (that name again) seated Flynn next to a British academic with a Russian name, Svetlana Lokhova, in London, in 2014 at a dinner party. Hefty Halper then spread rumors the two were having an affair. This was long before Trump announced his candidacy, or Flynn went to work for Trump.

    Intriguingly, Lokhova made a half-hearted effort to sue Halper; similar to Carter Page’s efforts to represent himself in scattershot lawsuits. Is this how secret agents hide in plain sight?

    The appearance of so many Russian women in this saga (Lokhova, Butina, Veselnitskaya, Azra Turk?, PapaD’s Slavic-looking Italian wife? ) is one reason I’m convinced the Russian Government was a big part of the Russian Collusion plot. They had a lot of money invested in their girl Hillary.

    And if Flynn was mainly an obstacle to getting at Trump, why is the DOJ, with its new AG, still fanatically pursuing him? They got the General canned 3+ years ago, and their war with him continues.

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    • rld rld says:

      To the best of my knowledge, The “pursuit” of Flynn began somewhere around 2012. Go back and look at his assignments and record– and what is it that DIA does?? Not hard to figure out why he became a target.

      Liked by 1 person

      • nimrodman says:

        Any chance you could kindly summarize some of those “assignments” and tell us what it is that you deduce from them?

        That’d be more helpful than all of us trying to duplicate your research and then guess what it is that we think you’re seeing



    • botchedcasuality says:

      Why Russia, why not an Oligarch possibly one from Ukraine who was enjoying his share of US Aid?


  18. there is a complete blackout of this story by the democrat party-media complex. go on you tube and the only news outlet covering the story is fox news.


    • littleanniefannie says:

      And you expected them to discuss a smidgeon of their God’s corruption? Sort of like all these corrupt Dems that came out to endorse Dementia Joe as the Tarra Reade story was breaking!


    • regitiger says:

      its the same with the news “aggrigator” google news.

      you have to type flynn, powell to render a result .

      it is not top listed for serveral reasons.

      (this isn’t a secret, btw)

      searches are based on popularity, relevance AND POLITICAL BIAS WRITTEN INTO THE ALGORITHMS.

      thanks google.

      do no harm..by ass!

      Liked by 1 person

      • I switched to Duckduckgo in mid-2016 when Google refused to find the Hillary barking dog commercial the Trump campaign had released. It didn’t show up at all on Google, but was one of the top three search returns from DDG.

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  19. Bulldog84 says:

    At this point given the history of his legal case, it’s phase 3 that will get him exonerated, if anything will, based on knowing use by the prosecution of false evidence to procure a guilty plea. Powell needs to argue this if she hasn’t already. Phases 1 and 2 are fodder for a civil action.


  20. henry says:

    I firmly believe these Obo judges are not stupid and they know that SHOULD the GOP take over the HOUSE and retain the Senate; there will be a reckoning unleashed upon every one of them from Hawaii to DC. A judicial impeachment house cleaning for the whole lot of them.

    One can pray…


    • Julian says:

      Kevin McCarthy will do that?

      Yeah, nah.

      McCarthy is Paul Ryan 2.01. A slightly improved version more willing to talk up President Trump. IE – Slimier.


    • WRB says:

      A conviction requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate.


      • regitiger says:

        while that is true and correct, IF a judge is found guilty of a crime, the senate has proven reliable to reach a majority 2/3 vote.

        and that is probably what it will take…that this judge committed SOME crime.
        so..with that…lets get the ball rolling and being looking carefully at ALL of his conduct.

        note: the crime isn’t likely to be related to this case. It isn’t likely any prosecutor would take him to court over his unethical behavior wrt to making public comments about flynn. But it would certainly become a focus aligned with a fact pattern of behavior that would show this judge was declaring an opinion not developed at all by the weight the entire evidence. This would be compelling for a fact pattern of misconduct should a strong case of criminal conduct be determined in some other areas of his spotty career on the bench.

        In raising the possibility of misconduct by the investigators, Mr. Flynn and his supporters further fueled efforts by Mr. Trump and some of his supporters to undercut the credibility of the special counsel’s investigation.

        But under questioning by Judge Sullivan, Mr. Flynn acknowledged that he knew it was a crime to lie to the F.B.I. and he reiterated his guilt.

        The pre sentencing memo from Mr. Flynn’s defense team had noted that F.B.I. agents had deliberately decided not to warn Mr. Flynn that lying to them was a criminal offense when they interviewed him in the West Wing on Jan. 24, 2017, four days after Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

        Roger Stone and Everyone Charged in the 2016 Election Investigations
        Roger J. Stone Jr., one of six Trump advisers convicted in cases stemming from the investigation by the special counsel, was sentenced to more than three years in prison.

        The agents also told Mr. Flynn that notifying the White House Counsel’s Office would be time-consuming and prompt the Justice Department’s involvement.

        That kicked off a public controversy about the F.B.I.’s conduct, with Mr. Trump insisting the law-enforcement authorities had wrongly cornered Mr. Flynn. It also inspired speculation that Mr. Flynn, whose lawyer at one point discussed a possible pardon with a lawyer for Mr. Trump, was inviting the president to spare him punishment.

        Before the hearing, Mr. Trump wished Mr. Flynn “good luck,” saying he had been under “tremendous pressure.”

        Donald J. Trump

        Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn. Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!

        6:41 AM – Dec 18, 2018
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        Even after it, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Flynn had been wronged. “What we do know,” she said, “is that the F.B.I. broke standard protocol in a way that they came in and ambushed General Flynn and in the way that they questioned him and in the way that they encouraged him not to have White House Counsel’s Office present.”

        But in Judge Sullivan’s fourth-floor courtroom, Mr. Kelner said he was merely trying to show that Mr. Flynn had been held to a higher standard than two other people who had pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators for the special counsel: George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide, and Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer who worked with Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman. Both men were warned in advance not to lie to investigators and one brought a lawyer to his F.B.I. interview.

        The judge speedily dismissed that comparison, repeatedly noting that Mr. Flynn was a high-ranking government official who had betrayed the government’s trust by lying “in the White House, in the West Wing.”

        Although Judge Sullivan has a reputation for being hard on government misconduct, he found no fault with the conduct of the F.B.I. or prosecutors. He said Mr. Flynn deceived not only F.B.I. agents, but also senior White House officials, who then repeated his lies to the American public.

        “This is a very serious offense,” he said. “This case is in a category by itself.”

        At one point, he asked Brandon L. Van Grack, the lead prosecutor, whether Mr. Flynn was guilty of treason. The question clearly surprised a phalanx of lawyers on Mr. Mueller’s team who were present for the proceedings. Mr. Van Grack at first hesitated to answer, then later said the government had no evidence of treason, and the judge dropped the point.

        Some of Judge Sullivan’s sharpest rebukes involved Mr. Flynn’s lies about his lobbying work for the Turkish government. Wrongly asserting that Mr. Flynn continued to work as an unregistered foreign agent during his short tenure as national security adviser, the judge gestured to the American flag at his side and declared: “I mean, arguably, that undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out.”


  21. Kern says:

    After cleaning up this mess, we should rename the Hoover building the Flynn building to remind those working there to not play games with people.


  22. Listened and NOW McCarthy has a new theory to try to get to the front of the Fylnn railroaded parade that he was late on signing onto – Mainly that DOJ/FBI were dirty from the get go on this. For a long time before he was going on and on about this could never be really true and defending the DOJ/FBI because “he worked with these dedicated men and women for over 20 years blah blah “. Now he sounding like that Claude Raines French Police Captain in Casablanca movie “I’m shocked, shocked that gambling is going on here…”

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  23. MGB says:

    Why didn’t Flynn’s lawyers have him plead guilty under the “Alford Doctrine”? Under the Alford doctrine, a defendant does not admit guilt but admits that the state has sufficient evidence to find him or her guilty, should the case go to trial.

    Liked by 1 person

    • dwpender says:

      Another option would have been a nolo plea.

      Van Grack et al no doubt insisted that Flynn plead GUILTY. Any softening of such an admission would not have served their purposes.


  24. doohmax says:

    It appears that the entire House of Cards for the Obama cabal is the “Russia did it” narrative. That makes Julian Assange a very lethal sword dangling over their heads. And by the way, how’s that Seth Rich investigation going?


    • jay says:

      So much phone surveillance, email surveillance…
      THEY saw what Seth Rich was doing. THEY knew who he was communicating with. THEY shut him down.


  25. Pat says:

    All of this AFTER Admiral Rogers notified Trump his phones were tapped and his data released through “un-masking”. So it wasn’t just Sessions that snookered.


  26. StandAndFightSir says:

    Why is no one willing to state the name of the second FBI agent in the Flynn meeting? We know from Sen Grassley way back in 2018 that it is Pientka:



  27. littleanniefannie says:

    ‘In each phase the media was used by the FBI as a conduit for their effort.”

    Not that using them was difficult. They are more than willing to sacrifice any journalistic integrity (if they ever had any) in order to spew forth any and all Demo-Socialist talking points.


  28. Genie says:

    Van Grack previously declined to release transcripts of the Kislyak calls. It bothers me that they still have not been released and I suspect they won’t be released in the final round as well.


  29. Midnite says:

    When I ask myself “Why was Flynn Targeted?” the answer always comes back “Benghazi”. Flynn was Director of the DIA in July of 2012 and the attack on Benghazi took place in Sept. 2012, so he was well positioned to know exactly what happened and why. As Sundance pointed out in his excellent article on Benghazi, the missiles given to the Libyan rebels quickly made their way to Afghanistan where ISIS used them to shoot down US helicopter aircrews. With his intelligence background in Afghanistan, Iran and ISIS, Flynn must have known the whole sordid truth of why all those Americans died, both in Afghanistan and Benghazi. I have no doubt that if Sundance did a deep dive into Flynn’s history and tied that back into what he knows transpired in Libya we would have a clearer picture of why Flynn was forced into retirement by August of 2014.

    When Flynn hooked up with the Trump campaign he became a threat not just to the IC community in general, but to the Obama / Hillary machine, because he could expose what really happened in Libya. To this day the State Department, DOJ, CIA and Pentagon are all hiding the truth from the public to protect those institutions from the wrath of the American people. Why else would every branch of government involved in that debacle be so involved in taking out Flynn. Hell, on April, 27 2017 it was the Pentagon IG himself that announced the investigation into Flynn’s phoney FARA violation.

    Personally, I’d love to see if Sundance can connect the dots and bring this whole story together.
    Why was he forced into early retirement?
    Why were they going after and trying to smear Flynn in 2015, long before Trump was a candidate?
    Were the fake Russian allegations against Flynn used to deflect from Hillary’s real connections?

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    • nimrodman says:

      Good points, Midnite

      If I recall correctly, that re-routing of weapons out of Libya to Afstan *and Syria* was dubbed by Sundance as Operation Zero Footprint

      … and most were intended for Syria, the Afstan ones may have been diverted by middlemen who saw an opportunity … but my recollection may be off on that without checking


  30. gsonFIT says:

    So here is a transcript of Pence’s interview. Yates used this interview to claim Flynn may be compromised. I really dont think this is compromising. I believe Pence was referring to a Christmas day call. Face the Nation seemed to be referring to Dec. 29. I started to copy and paste just the General Flynn parts, but I felt like it was important to remind you how adversarial the MSM was out of the gate.

    The first 100 days of an Admin is typically called the “honeymoon phase”. Not so for Team Trump. Remember as soon as HRC crawled out from under her post election rock, she talked about the resistance. From November to Dec. Russia interference was implied to be benign web post and pretty much irrelevant. MSM hyped it so that O finally had to comment in Dec. that no votes were altered and the election outcome was not effected. By the time of this interview the Russia topic was nothing less than toxic!


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  31. Rick says:

    Cross Wind: Michael Flynn Jr. ?

    Why : “Cross_” in all the corrupt investigations? Double cross admission?


  32. hokkoda says:

    Sullivan does not seem inclined to just dismiss it because he’s painted himself into a corner with his statements. Flynn plead guilty for lying to the FBI. Sullivan is incensed because Flynn committed the non-crime of lying in general (to the VP, for example)…and seems caught up in a “Resistance” fervor. Powell needs to give Sullivan a compelling reason to overcome his outrage that “Flynn lied” and confessed to lying about his Kilsyak meeting several times. And to help Sullivan distinguish between the not-illegal act of lying, and the crime of lying to the FBI. Those are not the same thing.

    The issue in the plea is that the Obama Admin saw an opportunity to take a controversy about whether or not Flynn told the whole truth to the VP, and create a crime out of it. It’s not a crime to lie to Pence. So, the FBI decided to weaponize their 18USC s1001 power to achieve the FBI’s political goal to get Flynn “fired or prosecuted”.

    All they had to do was get Flynn to omit from them what he omitted from Pence. Except, the interview didn’t quite go as planned, because the interviewer didn’t think he lied, and Flynn widely stated that he couldn’t remember exact details of the specific call.

    So the FBI had to edit their memories and memorialize the “lie” in a 302 written by the same division that had recently submitted the fraudulent FISA…and for the exact same reason.

    The piece I think Sydney is missing here is a simple articulation that the FISA Court has ordered these reviews because it has already been factually established that the FBI (and Mueller) was submitting fraudulent FISAs under the same umbrella investigation as their bogus investigation of Flynn. And they were doing this during the same 3-4 week period that their own notes show they were actively plotting a political hit on Gen Flynn.

    I would attach Boasberg’s order, along with Jensen’s materials because Boasberg’s order demonstrates the corrupt intent at the FBI, and that this corrupt intent was on display at the FBI contemporaneously with they setup of Flynn. ”Judge Sullivan, if they would lie to Judge Boasberg, they would lie to you too. Your honor…it is the same exact people.” This same group also committed a crime by leaking the TS/SCI SIGINT transcript to the media…yet MORE evidence of corrupt intent.

    I would not just go after prosecutorial misconduct because these new documents were withheld. I would make a fruit of the poisoned tree argument.

    This also forces the FISA Court order more brightly into the public domain.

    The Boasberg order is a ruling which cements the corrupt intent of the FBI agents, the DOJ people who signed the FISAs, and the subsequent Mueller probe.

    Flynn should acknowledge that – at the time – he was presented “evidence” which convinced him he must have lied. But he now understands, due to these recent disclosures, that the evidence presented to him and to others was part of a larger, criminal, enterprise.

    ie don’t just focus on the revelations themselves. Focus on WHY Jensen is sending this stuff. Make the argument that just about anybody could be convinced they had lied when presented a narrow, corrupted, version of what was said. But we now 100% know – see Boasberg order – that Flynn was targeted by the exact same people as Carter Page, at the exact same time, for the exact same reasons, under the umbrella of the exact same investigation. And we have notes, texts, and emails which were deliberately withheld from Judge Sullivan JUST LIKE HOW the FBI withheld key information from the FISA court for the exact same reasons by the exact same people.

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    • Rick says:

      That is well articulated, hokkoda.

      I know Sundance has made the case Jensen was appointed to investigate the unsubstantiated FISA’s and the cases involved with them, but I haven’t seen a connection from the Carter Page Fisa to the Flynn case made from any document disclosures.

      No doubt some of Flynn’s communications were swept up, but nothing to date indicates they were used in the current entrapment vis a vis the planned interview with Strzok and Pientka.

      The conversation that was recorded between Kyzliak and Flynn was leaked by the intelligence community that always listens to diplomatic channels. I’m not sure that listening in on that had anything to do with the Carter Page Fisa warrant.

      Even President Trump said when he had his conversation with the ukrainian President that he knew intelligence listens in on all his phone calls.

      Liked by 1 person

      • hokkoda says:

        The issue isn’t whether they collected information on Flynn using the Carter Page FISA. If they did, the would be grounds for dismissal by itself. I think the argument is that the Page FISA was fraudulently obtained to support Crossfire Hurricane. And they obtained it by withholding exculpatory information from the FISA Court. Therefore, it is no longer a conspiracy theory, it is a conspiracy fact, that FBI and DOJ officials conspired to violate the rights of a US citizen to advance their corrupt investigation.

        Flynn’s assertion is (or ought to be) that he was similarly targeted and by the same people. They then engaged in the same slight of hand with the Court in Flynn’s case as they did with the FISC. The Jensen materials bear this out. Some of it IS exculpatory. Some of it – like the edited 302 – is an intentional distortion of the facts just like the FISA was written to distort the facts and conceal exculpatory information.

        agent notes vs 302: Flynn did not appear to knowingly lie changed to Flynn lied.

        Dossier sub-source vs FISA: Subsource rejects dossier vs subsource appeared truthful (a deception)

        In both cases, the underlying exculpatory information was withheld from the court. The IG uncovered the Page abuses. USA EDMO uncovered the Flynn abuses.

        In both cases, an EXTERNAL review of Department practices was required because in both cases the same internal actors were involved.

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    • It does not appear that Flynn lied, according to Flynn. It appears to have been a simple misunderstanding. The article that nobody ever discusses: https://dailycaller.com/2017/02/14/exclusive-defiant-flynn-insists-he-crossed-no-lines-leakers-must-be-prosecuted/

      Flynn said there was a brief discussion of the 35 Russian diplomats who were being expelled by Obama in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 campaign.

      “It wasn’t about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out,” Flynn said. “So that’s what it turned out to be. It was basically, ‘Look, I know this happened. We’ll review everything.’ I never said anything such as, ‘We’re going to review sanctions,’ or anything like that.”

      Flynn said he apologized to Vice President Mike Pence about his earlier contention that there were no discussions about the expulsion order, which was part of the Obama sanctions.

      “For the vice president, I feel terrible. I put him in a position. He’s a man of incredible integrity. I think the world of him. He is so good for our country,” he said. “I should have said, ‘I don’t know. I can’t recall,’ which is the truth. Looking back, that’s what I should have done.”

      The December conversation “was not to relieve sanctions. It was basically to say, ‘Look, we’re coming into office in a couple of weeks. Give us some time to take a look at everything.’”

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      • jay says:

        I am not certain what USC they allege but at a minimum it would require intent and materiality


        The prohibition of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 requires that the false statement, concealment or cover up be “knowingly and willfully” done, which means that “The statement must have been made with an intent to deceive, a design to induce belief in the falsity or to mislead, but § 1001 does not require an intent to defraud — that is, the intent to deprive someone of something by means of deceit.” United States v. Lichenstein, 610 F.2d 1272, 1276-77 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 447 U.S. 907 (1980). The government may prove that a false statement was made “knowingly and willfully” by offering evidence that defendants acted deliberately and with knowledge that the representation was false. See United States v. Hopkins, 916 F.2d 207, 214 (5th Cir. 1990). The jury may conclude from a plan of elaborate lies and half-truths that defendants deliberately conveyed information they knew to be false to the government. Id. at 214-15.


        “Specifically, the Court stated that “[t]he most common formulation of that understanding is that a concealment or misrepresentation is material if it has a natural tendency to influence, or was capable of influencing, the decision of the decision-making body to which it was addressed.” 485 U.S. at 770 (citations and internal quotation marks omitted).
        To establish materiality as an element, it is sufficient that the statement have the capacity or a natural tendency to influence the determination required to be made. See Id.; United States v. Lueben, 838 F.2d 751, 754 (5th Cir. 1988); United States v. Allen, 892 F.2d 66, 67 (10th Cir. 1989). One often cited test for materiality appears in United States v. Weinstock, 231 F.2d 699, 701 (D.C. Cir. 1956):
        “Material” when used in respect to evidence is often confused with “relevant,” but the two terms have wholly different meanings. To be “relevant” means to relate to the issue. To be “material” means to have probative weight, i.e., reasonably likely to influence the tribunal in making a determination required to be made. A statement may be relevant but not material.
        For example, a passport applicant’s false statements as to name, identity, and citizenship were material to the State Department’s decision as to whether to grant a passport. United States v. Ramos, 725 F.2d 1322 (11th Cir. 1984).
        Thus, the test for materiality under 18 U.S.C. § 1001 is not whether the false statement actually influenced a government function, but whether it had the capacity to influence. Lueben, 838 F.2d at 754; United States v. Lichenstein, 610 F.2d 1272, 1278 (5th Cir. 1980). Weinstock held that “the issue to which the false statement is material need not be the main issue; it may be a collateral issue. And it need not bear directly upon the issue but may merely augment or diminish the evidence upon some point. But it must have some weight in the process of reaching a decision.” 231 F.2d at 703.
        Materiality is best shown by the testimony of a witness, generally those who make the decisions on the application or statements in the particular case, concerning the influence that defendant’s allegedly false statement might have had on the ultimate result of the transaction. Such a witness may be an expert witness or a fact witness, or both.”


      • jay says:



  33. Rick says:

    Boasberg is reviewing the Carter Page fisa warrant. But Flynn’s business activities for which they tried to pin him with the Logan Act happened before he was campaigning for Trump.

    I don’t think Boasberg’s request is addressing pre-FISA abuses by the 4 contractors.


  34. Bill Henslee says:

    More investigation has to be focused on Flynn’s tenure with the Obama WH and his firing. My bet is that the Obama administration knew they had to keep Flynn quiet on what he knew about politicizing the NSA for political purposes by FISA warrants authorizing data mining on political opponents as discovered by Director Adm. Mike Rogers,

    Once Flynn became an active supporter of outsider Donald Trump in 2016, he was a clear threat to everyone in the Obama Administration who touched the National Security Issues including Hillary, the NSC staff, the FBI and State dept. He was the first to be targeted–“First we fuck Flynn, then we get Trump.”—because he was the more dangerous of the two because of his knowledge of Obama administration acts and his experience as a lifelong intelligence official. He not only knew how to find the bodies, he knew where they were buried and who buried them. Without Flynn as a guide, the understaffed and inexperienced Trump people were outsiders who wouldn’t grasp the seriousness of the threat approaching the new government.

    After all, never in US history had the FBI or the Intelligence agencies been used as secret police against political opponents. Hoover’s secret file cabinet pales into insignificance against the enormous capabilities of the Echelon program and the NSA when loosed on anyone via a FISA warrant that not only covered an individual but anyone within 6 jumps of data mining. It not only smacks of the KGB, it was worse because of the superior electronic spying capabilities of the Obama perps.

    One wonders why Adm. Mike Rogers was only fired from his post for warning Trump about the surveillance system instead of winding up on a DC street sidewalk as the victim of a mugger like Seth Rich. [Perhaps that’s why a certain expert investigator/blogger with tons of inside knowledge has to maintain his nom-de-plume as Sundance, eh?]


  35. SeanNY3 says:

    “Within the case against Michael Flynn…. Prosecutor Brandon Van Grack filed a cover letter attempting to explain the reason for the Flynn interview on January 24th, 2017, and the official filing of the interview notes (FD-302) on February 15th, 2017, and then again on May 31st, 2017.

    To explain the FBI delay, Van Grack claimed the FD-302 report “inadvertently” had a header saying “DRAFT DOCUMENT/DELIBERATIVE MATERIAL” (screen grab)”

    I’m not seeing that in the letter:

    “the government hereby files two redacted versions of the FD-302 report summarizing the FBI’s interview of the defendant on January 24, 2017.”

    “The content of both versions of the report is identical, except that the first version, which was digitally signed and certified in February 2017, inadvertently contained a header labeled ‘DRAFT DOCUMENT/DELIBERATIVE MATERIAL.’ Once that error was recognized,” Mueller said, “the header was removed and a corrected version, omitting only the header, was re-signed and re-certified in May 2017.”
    I don’t see an attempt to explain the delay in filing from Jan 24 to Feb 15.

    I do see an attempt to explain why there’s a second “identical” version dated May.


  36. hokkoda says:

    With Jensen rumored to be delivering more documents to Judge Sullivan this week, I wonder if this particular report is a chance for Grenell to get out in front of whatever was done to unmask Gen Flynn in 2016/17.

    The unmasking, along with the leak of the TS/SCI SIGINT transcript which is a criminal act, further prove that the FBI and DOJ has corrupt intent as Crossfire Hurricane targeted Flynn and pursued illegal FISA wire taps in Page.

    This stuff is where the conspiracy involved really comes into play because the conspiracy spans departments in the Obama Admin and early Trump Admin, and there was a clear media strategy playing in parallel with the various illegal investigative actions.



  37. viator2 says:

    When are the perp walks going to start?


  38. nimrodman says:

    Here it comes – the Dump-Biden Train (TM)

    Get on board!
    … no, not you, Bernie!

    And Hillary emerges holding Barky Obarkum’s hand and strolling cheerfully down the train platform

    NY Times Op-ed: Dump Biden over Tara Reade Allegations


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