Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Michael Flynn is in the news again (Justice for Mike Flynn, May 2). Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI on two occasions and he has stated in open court to Judge Emmet Sullivan that he was indeed guilty. There is no doubt about his guilt. The FBI has an intercept — a tape of the conversation between Flynn and Kislyak — where Flynn told the Russian ambassador to ignore the sanctions that President Obama placed on Russia for interfering in the 2016 election because the Trump administration would deal with it differently. So, yes, he told our adversary Russia to ignore sanctions from our country’s president, and yes, he lied to the FBI when they asked him about it. Recently, notes from FBI agents preparing for the Flynn questioning have been quoted but not in their entirety. There were hundreds of pages of emails and notes among the FBI personnel discussing the Flynn interview turned over to Flynn’s new lawyer, the Fox News favorite, Sidney Powell. In addition, Michael Flynn and his son Michael Flynn Jr. were both criminally liable for not registering as foreign agents for their involvement in a plot to kidnap cleric Fethullah Gulen for the Turkish government for which they were to be paid millions of dollars.
If it was up to me, I would have charged Flynn with treason. Flynn was a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army who went behind the back of the sitting U.S. president and called our adversary Russia, and plotted with a foreign government to kidnap a cleric; he should have known better. Before Donald Trump there was an America, and a Republican Party, that saw Russia as an adversary, who respected the rule of law.