Former national security adviser Michael Flynn could be “completely exonerated” as early as this week, sources are telling FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “It was a fraud. A Set up,” she tweeted Sunday afternoon.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) April 26, 2020
New documents recently turned over to Michael Flynn’s legal team contain what lead attorney Sidney Powell called “stunning” exculpatory evidence in a court filing on Friday.
“This afternoon, the government produced to Mr. Flynn stunning Brady evidence that proves Mr. Flynn’s allegations of having been deliberately set up and framed by corrupt agents at the top of the FBI,” Powell’s legal filing said. “It also defeats any argument that the interview of Mr. Flynn on January 24, 2017 was material to any ‘investigation.’ The government has deliberately suppressed this evidence from the inception of this prosecution — knowing there was no crime by Mr. Flynn.”
Friday evening, Flynn took to Twitter for the first time in years, to post a 12-page declaration of his innocence.
In his statement, the retired general said that he retained lawyers from Covington and Burling in December of 2016 after he was contacted by the FARA unit at the Department of Justice. Flynn explained that he chose the firm because they had a good reputation for dealing with FARA issues.
He went on to describe his brief meeting at the White House with two FBI agents, saying that he answered their questions to the best of his recollection.
“Of course, I was embarrassed and angered by the furor that erupted in the press over the felonious leak of classified and highly sensitive information that was my phone call with Ambassador Kislyak,” Flynn wrote. “It was distracting to my work to be the center of such a commotion and it was upsetting to be the cause of disruption to the busy and important work in support of the new President of the United States.”
Flynn said he resigned on February 13, 2017 and both President Trump and Vice President Pence accepted his apologies over the confusion.
He noted that in one of his first meetings with the Covington lawyers, he was asked if he “had anything” on President Trump to use as leverage in his case.
While the government was targeting his lobbying firm Flynn Intel Group (FIG) for the FARA violations, Flynn’s legal fees reached $3 million, and he had to sell his house. During this time, the government was also aggressively investigating his son, who had worked for FIG. He said they told him he was facing the potential of 15 years in prison “and that he would be subjected to the ‘Manafort treatment.'”
Although he was initially hesitant, Flynn said that after his Covington lawyers had indicated that the FBI agents believed he’d lied, so he finally agreed to plead guilty to lying.
He said he pled guilty because of “the intense pressure from the Special Counsel’s Office, which included a threat to indict my son Michael, and the lack of crucial information from my counsel.”
Flynn said he would not have done it had he known that both agents had written in their interview notes (302s) that there was no indication he was lying or indication that he believed he was lying.
“It was all I could do to not cry out ‘no’ when this court asked me if I was guilty,” Flynn said. “I express my profound apology to this court … As God is my witness, the truth is I am innocent of these charges.”
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) April 25, 2020
Appearing on the Fox News show, Sunday Morning Futures, Rep. Devin Nunes (R- Calif.) told host Maria Bartiromo said he suspects that an upcoming court filing in Flynn’s case will contain the exculpatory evidence. Nunes also noted that Jeffrey Jensen, the U.S. Attorney from Missouri, was selected by Attorney General William Barr in January 2020 to review the Flynn case. In the end, he said, we’re going to find out that Flynn “was framed by our own government and political operatives.”
Devin Nunes says the government “framed” Michael Flynn pic.twitter.com/v1O1KzKWO4
— PoliticsVideoChannel (@politvidchannel) April 26, 2020
Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, also said he wants to talk to Steele Dossier source Sergei Millian, a Belarus-born American citizen who is currently in hiding. Millian, surprisingly enough, was never interviewed for the Mueller Report.
“Either he was working with Fusion GPS and the Clinton Campaign and dirtying up Trump people, or it’s quite possible that he may have been framed,” Nunes explained. “We don’t know which of those is true, but we want to find out,” he added.
Millian responded to Nunes’ appeal on Twitter. “Let’s start a discussion about our meeting,” he tweeted.
After @DevinNunes said he wanted to talk to @SergeiMillian this morning on @MariaBartiromo Sunday morning futures. He responds and wants to start discussing a meeting. https://t.co/iNOTNg9kPB pic.twitter.com/fx3onzYdr0
— The Dirty Truth (Josh) (@AKA_RealDirty) April 26, 2020
Monday morning, Bartiromo spoke with Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga. about the case, and he agreed that there was a good possibility the case will be dismissed. Collins also said that he’d seen a report that investigators were looking into Flynn’s “ineffective” counsel at Covington and Burling.
He characterized the government actors behind the frame-up as “a corrupt cabal wanting to get candidate Trump and then President Trump out of office.”
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) April 27, 2020
CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge reported on Sunday that Friday’s filing will be “important” for the coming days.
“Drawing attention Friday filing Flynn case @CBSNews told important for days ahead. AG Barr directed Missouri US Attorney to review FBI personnel ‘communications and notes,’ in part, to determine whether key evidence withheld. Docs under seal but may change,” she tweeted.
#FISA Drawing attention Friday filing Flynn case @CBSNews told important for days ahead. AG Barr directed Missouri US Attorney to review FBI personnel “communications and notes,” in part, to determine whether key evidence withheld. Docs under seal but may change. @ClareHymes22 pic.twitter.com/Kn76OP2BnI
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) April 26, 2020
The Federalist reported on Friday that FBI general counsel Dana Boente was behind the effort to block the release of the exonerating Brady Material. A source with “direct knowledge of the situation” meanwhile told the Daily Caller that Boente was acting in coordination with the Trump-appointed Wray.
The Justice Department flatly rejected that claim in a statement Friday night:
“The assertion that Director Wray pushed to withhold exculpatory evidence in the Michael Flynn case is 100% false,” DOJ Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement. “To the contrary, the Director has been nothing but cooperative throughout this process.”
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has ordered the Department of Justice to respond to the motion to dismiss by May 11.
UPDATE APRIL 27: Judge Sullivan orders DOJ to respond to the motion to dismiss by May 11, Flynn to respond to that by May 18 pic.twitter.com/UZspW9Q5WK
— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) April 27, 2020
Sullivan also set a May 4 deadline for the DOJ to respond to a sealed motion from Flynn’s legal team. Flynn has been given until May 6 to respond to the DOJ’s reply.
UPDATE 2: Sullivan also sets deadline of *May 4* for DOJ to respond to a sealed motion of Flynn’s team, with a further reply to the DOJ’s reply due from Flynn by May 6
— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) April 27, 2020