This post uses an error-ridden Glenn Greenwald piece to show what the public record on Mike Flynn’s prosecution really is.
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Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.
Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.
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Today, Billy Barr and Chris Wray had a press conference to announce that — in spite of his Muslim Ban — Trump had permitted an affiliate of AQAP, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, into this country, and onto a military base, where he bought a gun and murdered three sailors. But they didn’t take the obvious conclusions away from that.
The transcript of Steve Bannon’s second appearance before the House Intelligence Committee makes it clear that the White House gave him a script of misleading denials. He followed that script in his testimony to Mueller.
The Mike Flynn case is the rare opportunity where the kind of Both-Sides journalism the Beltway press loves to practice has merit. On one side, there’s Bill Barr’s DOJ, which has a currently active argument that Mike Flynn’s lies were material to a legitimate investigation. On the other side, there’s Bill Barr’s DOJ, which has a different argument that because there was no legitimate investigation at the time, Mike Flynn’s lies were not material.
Between three days in December 2016, some intelligence report or reports involving Mike Flynn seems to have flowed through very senior government officials, first to Treasury, then to NATO, and then to CIA.
Richard Burr is pushing to get the final volume of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into Russia’s tampering in 2016 declassified before the August recess. That may explain why the totally justified investigation into Burr’s potential insider trading is happening so aggressively and publicly.
The career prosecutor Bill Barr brought in from St. Louis to review the Mike Flynn prosecution is an expert on felons brandishing guns, not on counterintelligence investigations.
I warned Sidney Powell not to get too cute with Judge Sullivan. I noted that her efforts to get her client out of his guilty plea involved him making materially conflicting sworn statements. Too late.
Ric Grenell has sent credulous reporters into a tizzy with a list of unmaskings of Mike Flynn that show of over 40 potential unmaskings, just one led to a criminal investigation.
Many, perhaps most, people who’ve commented in the last week have noted that Emmet Sullivan has the prerogative whether to accept DOJ’s motion or not. It’s true he has that authority. But he actually has up to six different decisions pending, including fully briefed sentencing memoranda and multiple conflicting sworn statements from Flynn.