While much of business and government has been at a near standstill because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some shocking details have emerged in the case of President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. This seems ironic in these strange times of delay since the details, so important to his criminal case, took years to unmask.
FBI notes show a clear effort to entrap Flynn in an interview four days after Trump’s inauguration, when Flynn was encouraged to answer questions at the White House without an attorney present. Then-FBI Director James Comey later bragged about how Flynn was tricked. The notes hand written by former FBI official Bill Priestap say, “What is our goal? Truth/admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute?” The notes indicate an attempt to remove Flynn from his new job in addition to contriving a prosecution, and the documentation of the interview was handled in a very unusual way that violated protocol.
Flynn, a decorated retired three-star Army general, had held a senior intelligence position in the Obama administration and fallen out of favor. He has said that is because people didn’t want to hear the truth about the Middle East situation, but Obama officials said they had their reasons for moving to an alternative. Flynn in fact was fired by Trump for lying to Vice President Mike Pence, but that came after the problems that obviously were brought by Obama holdovers.
The main point now is that Flynn has had his life turned upside down for no good reason. He was coerced into a guilty plea with threats against his son, but his new attorney has taken the difficult path of seeking to withdraw it. Speculation immediately turned to whether Trump would grant a pardon, but it looks like that may not be needed.
The “Justice” Department certainly lost its sense of justice regarding Flynn. During that same time, in January 2017, the FBI was told that the Steele Dossier, which came courtesy of the Hillary Clinton campaign, was made-up garbage, yet officials continued to present it in federal court to get warrants to spy on Trump associates.
Flynn, and the nation, deserve better than this. Now there is an effort to right the wrongs and hold people responsible, but the fact this is taking years to accomplish because of the nature of Washington is very troubling.