An indictment report just dropped and President Donald Trump is more than likely fuming over this. Democrats have made it clear they will stop at nothing to take down Trump’s allies — even if that means going after those who served their country for years.
During an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy blasted former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year long Russia witch-hunt and said that Gen. Michael Flynn didn’t deserve to be prosecuted.
McCarthy argued that Flynn, who previously served as Trump’s National Security Adviser at the White House, never should have been touched by Mueller and the federal government in the first place.
Trump has also made it clear that he is disgusted Mueller’s team went after Flynn and ruined his life.
McCarthy went on to accuse Mueller’s team of withholding crucial information that would have helped Flynn’s case and disprove the outrageous charges that were brought against him.
This kind of information is called “exculpatory,” meaning it’s the government’s responsibility “to disclose to the defense any material exculpatory information that’s in the government’s files,” said McCarthy.
Flynn’s legal team has argued in court that the FBI has denied them access to documents that are crucial to Flynn’s defense.
McCarthy told host Bill Hemmer that he really thought “President Trump should have pardoned him” and “maybe the politics of 2020 makes [it] difficult to do at this point.”
“This is something, Bill, that’s really — it ought to be — straightforward and it’s gotten very complicated in this case,” McCarthy said.
On Tuesday Flynn’s legal team indicated in federal court that they are seeking to have the case against him thrown out. The team is accusing the prosecution of “egregious conduct and suppression” of potentially exculpatory evidence.
In a status conference in federal court in Washington, Flynn’s lead defense attorney, Sidney Powell, said: “There never would have been a plea to begin with if the government had disclosed Brady information about what it knew before the plea agreement.”
The “Brady material” complaint is in reference to the Supreme Court case Brady v. Maryland, which established the government’s obligation to turn over all exculpatory evidence. The accusation came as both sides have squabbled over a sentencing date.
After months of delays, prosecutors have said they are ready to proceed to sentencing. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan indicated he would like to set a tentative sentencing date of Dec. 18.
“There is far more at stake here than sentencing,” Powell said. “There were stunning failures to produce Brady material, going back to July of 2017.”
McCarthy explained: “The bottom line is, in every criminal case the government has an obligation to disclose to the defense any material exculpatory information that’s in the government’s files.”
“So, what you had here was a switch of judges and when the new judge came in even though the plea had already happened, he issued a discovery order demanding that the government turn over any exculpatory information that it hadn’t turned over,” he said.
In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to providing false statements to the FBI during an interview about his contacts with the former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as part of Mueller’s investigation.
Guess who the FBI agent was that interviewed Flynn and claimed that he lied: Peter Strzok.
Strzok served as the No. 2 counterintelligence analyst at the FBI before being fired and let go from Mueller’s team after an internal probe found that he had sent hundreds of anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, a former lawyer at the FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.
Strzok also sent countless salacious text messages smearing Trump, his supporters, and making a bevy of controversial comments implying he could take action to stop Trump from taking office.
He called Trump supporters a bunch of ignorant hillbillies; spoke about an “insurance policy” in the case that Trump won the election; mentioned a “secret society” to unseat a duly elected president; and implied that he and others at the bureau would never let Trump be president.
That’s the FBI agent who gave Mueller the “ammunition” to go after Flynn — and many agree with McCarthy that Trump should pardon the former General.