In a scorching court filing Wednesday, Gen. Michael Flynn’s legal team accused Department of Justice prosecutors of stonewalling and suppressing exonerating evidence the defense itself uncovered.
Lead counsel Sidney Powell also accused “certain elements in the government” of targeting Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, for destruction because he had “publicly expressed intent to audit the intelligence agencies where billions of dollars are unaccounted for.”
Flynn is awaiting sentencing for lying to federal agents about his discussions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, although internal FBI documents revealed that the agents involved did not believe Flynn had intentionally lied.
Powell requested that Flynn’s Reply brief be filed on the public docket.
“Much of the information in the Flynn Reply is legal argument and authorities, or factual information and analysis developed in the defense’s own investigation,” Powell argued. “As government has stated repeatedly, it has not given the defense “any classified information.”
Powell complained that she has given the government “every opportunity to dismiss the case in the interest of justice” because of the “rampant wrongdoing of government agents at the inception of the ‘investigation.'”
Instead of doing so, the government has continued to defy its constitutional, ethical, and legal obligations to this Court and to the defense, and to hide evidence that it knows exonerates Mr. Flynn. As is the essence of the problem here, the “government” is protecting its own criminal conduct and operatives.
In the filing, Powell included correspondence from DOJ lawyers claiming that “various equity holders” (government agencies) need to review the evidence for redaction.
Said Powell in the filing: “The only real ‘equity holder’ in this case is Michael T. Flynn, whose career was deliberately and maliciously destroyed by outrageous government conduct documented in our brief in reply.”