Mueller “Witch Hunt” Bags Another “Witch”
The supposedly based on “fake news” and “witch hunt” Mueller investigation just secured its second conviction. Former Trump Campaign Advisor, and Director of National Intelligence, Michael Flynn plead to guilty to making false statements to the FBI in the course of its investigation of potential Trump Campaign collusion with the Russians to interfere in the election. Mueller adds Flynn’s conviction pelt to his wall to that of convicted and confessed Russian colluder George Papadopoulos and two additional indictments against ankle bracelet wearing former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and his assistant.
Flynn is convicted of two counts of knowingly making false statements to the FBI as he simultaneously enters into a plea agreement. The plea agreement includes a stipulation that government drafted representations of fact in a Statement of Offense are true. Those stipulations include that Flynn UNDER THE DIRECTION of an unnamed “senior official of the Presidential Transition Team” had contacts with Russian Ambassador, and spy, Kislyak (see late December 2016 entries). The nature of these contacts were to secretly negotiate deals between the United States and Russia, on immediate foreign policy, without the consent or knowledge of the administration still in power. They were direct negotiations with the Russians to not respond to Obama’s sanctions and to delay a vote, or vote against, a UN Security Council resolution regarding Israel. Russia secretly agreed with the Trump Transition Team to do exactly that.
The negotiations are a clear violation of the virtually unenforced Logan Act. 18 U.S.C. 953.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Trump’s Son-In Law Jared Kushner Directed the Illegal Negotiations.
Turns out the “senior official” directing Flynn from Mar-a-Lago, who was with other senior officials, is Trump’s son-in-law and still high level Administration official, Jared Kushner. The same Jared Kushner who was interviewed by Mueller’s team just a few weeks ago. He also answered questions to Congressional committees under oath. You think Kushner has been telling them all along about how he directed Flynn to have these illegal contacts with the Russian Ambassador? Or did he, like Flynn, lie about these contacts?
Here’s something to think about timing wise, just a few weeks before Flynn’s secret late December meetings with the Russians, on December 1, 2016, Kushner met with Kislyak. In Congressional testimony Kushner said it was to discuss setting up a secure communications line between the Trump Transition Team and the Russian Embassy in Washington. Kushner testified to Congress no line was set up and that it was never about a secret line, just a secure one. Well, I think that secure line was set up and it’s name is now known to be Michael Flynn. It most definitely was secret. It clearly was used to discuss illegal secret negotiations with Russians impacting immediate foreign policy before the Trump Administration took office.
The Timeline of Trump’s Efforts to Kill the Investigation of Flynn.
So with strong evidence against Trump’s son-in-law, and still Administration senior advisor, how does that possibly reach to Trump himself? For that we go back to Trump’s firings of both Nancy Yates and James Comey, and Trump’s prior pressuring of Comey to let the Flynn investigation go. The timeline on this is just incredible:
January 24, 2017: Flynn is interviewed by the FBI telling the lies for which he has just confessed and for which he has been convicted.
January 26, 2017: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates gives a “forceful warning” to the White House Counsel that Flynn lied about his conversations with Russians, that he did discuss the embargo with them, and that Flynn was a significant security risk because the Russians could use those lies to blackmail him.
January 27, 2017: White House Counsel meets with Yates again claiming to be perplexed why DOJ would care about members of the executive branch lying to each other. Yates again emphasizes that Flynn is a security risk. White House Counsel asks to review evidence against Flynn at DOJ. Yates says she will check to see if that can be done.
Also January 27, 2017: The day after Sally Yates first warned White House Counsel about Flynn Trump requests and has dinner with FBI Director Comey. During the dinner Trump demands a pledge of loyalty from Comey.
January 30, 2017: Yates has her third conversation with White House Counsel regarding Flynn, advising him he can look at the evidence the DOJ has and inviting him to come over to look at it. He never does. That night Trump fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, supposedly for refusing to defend his travel ban.
February 13, 2017: In an MSNBC interview, Kellyanne Conway twice emphatically declares that “General Flynn does enjoy the full confidence of the president.” A few hours later Trump requests Flynn’s resignation and gets it.
February 14, 2017: Trump meets with Comey and asks Comey to drop the investigation related to Flynn saying “I hope you can let this go.” Comey writes a memo to memorialize what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation.
February 15, 2017: Trump describes Flynn as “a wonderful man” who was “treated very, very unfairly” by the “fake media.”
March 20, 2017: FBI Director Comey testifies before Congress that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia in regards to Russian interference in the United States elections.
March 31, 2017: Trump again defends Flynn in a tweet describing the investigation as a “witch hunt” against Flynn. The tweet also supports Flynn’s request for immunity even though with regards to the Hillary Clinton investigation Trump suggested immunity was only sought by guilty people.
May 3, 2017: FBI Director Comey again testifies before Congress that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia in regards to Russian interference in the United States elections and that nothing has changed.
May 9, 2017: Trump fires the FBI Director, Comey, who is investigating Trump.
May 10, 2017: In a meeting with a group of Russians Trump states that he fired Comey because “he was crazy, a real nut job.” He also tells the Russians “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
May 11, 2017: Trump contradicts repeated statements from his staff and Vice President Pence on the reasons and process behind firing Comey that Trump fired Comey based on recommendations from his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General rooted in Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation. In an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt Trump stated he decided to fire Comey before receiving those recommendations and cited the “Russia thing” as a reason for firing Comey.
I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.
This is the second statement from Trump suggesting he fired Comey to stop the Russia investigation, a reason that suggests obstruction of justice.
I’ll stop there, but I encourage reading my complete Russiagate Timeline. Though it is a long read, the discerning reader will find it quite indicting.
The Dots Connect. From Flynn To Kushner To Trump To Obstruction of Justice.
The timeline above shows an incredibly strained effort by President Trump to discredit and kill the Flynn investigation. The investigation against Flynn that he tweeted was a “witch hunt” now has a confession and a conviction. Flynn’s confession has shown the motive for that effort. Flynn lied about communications with Russians. Flynn lied about communications with Russians coordinated by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. These communications violated the Logan Act. No matter the historical lack of enforcement of that Act, the violation is clear and rather extreme.
The motive for Trump’s firing Comey, and perhaps Sally Yates, is now clear. He was trying to protect his son-in-law. Such a purpose would clearly be obstruction of justice. Flynn’s confession just established a compelling motive for such obstruction along with other evidence suggesting that intent.
The only question now is what other aces does Mueller have up his sleeve? In early November Mueller interviewed Kushner about the conversations with Flynn. Did he lie, or throw Flynn under the bus? Did Kushner’s closed door testimony to Congress much earlier deny such conversations with Flynn, constituting perjury to Congress?
Just a few weeks before Flynn’s secret meetings with the Russians, on December 1, 2016, Kushner met with Kislyak. In Congressional testimony Kushner said it was to discuss setting up a secure communications line between the Trump Transition Team and the Russian Embassy in Washington. Kushner testified to Congress no line was set up and that it was never about a secret line, just a secure one. Does the evidence now suggest a secure line was set up and its name is now known to be Michael Flynn? Such a line most definitely existed, was clearly secret and engaged in discussions that violated the law.
Even disregarding the Logan Act violation, did Kushner lie to Congress about his conversations coordinating Flynn’s discussions with the Russians?
One other thing. Flynn has flipped and is now cooperating fully with Mueller. Why? Because the settlement agreement requires Flynn to do so. It includes the following statement.
Your client [Flynn] shall cooperate fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly with this Office and other Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities identified by this Office in any and all matters to which this Office deems cooperation relevant.
Failure of Flynn to so fully cooperate is deemed a breach of the settlement agreement.
Anyone telling you the White House is celebrating Flynn’s conviction due to a lack of connections to the President is not paying attention.