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Friday, May 08, 2020

Susan Hennessey, Quinta Jurecic, Benjamin Wittes: The (DOJ's) brief's account of the history of the Flynn case is not accurate, its account of the government's own conduct equally flawed. And it all leads up to a conclusion so obviously wrong that one does not need to know anything about counterintelligence to see through it: that there is no reasonable basis even to interview a senior government official when that person has engaged over sanctions imposed against a foreign adversary government that interfered in an election -- and who subsequently lied to the Vice President of the United States about the substance of his conversation with an agent of that government.

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(T)to take the view that the FBI had no reasonable investigative predicate for the Flynn case on Jan. 24, 2017, one has to believe that the following fact-pattern, considered in its entirety, provides no reasonably articulable basis for a counterintelligence concern:

*A senior official with a TS/SCI clearance working in the White House has ties to various Russian government entities;

*He has traveled to Russia and taken large sums of money from a state-controlled Russian media outfit;

*As the investigation of these matters was winding down, he had phone conversations with the Russian ambassador at a time when the United States had just imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 elections. In those conversations, he had asked that Russia to respond only in a measured fashion;

*He subsequently lied to the Vice President of the United States and other White House officials about the substance of those calls,
causing the White House to issue inaccurate statements to the public;

*The Russian government was aware of these lies, having participated in the phone calls, and the official was thus potentially subject to blackmail.

Recall that predication is cumulative. While the FBI had previously examined Flynn's ties with Russia and found no derogatory information based solely on those ties, his call with Kislyak and subsequent behavior raised new questions about whether something had been missed. It potentially cast the earlier interactions in a very different light.

The Justice Department is arguing here nothing less than that it is okay for a counterintelligence subject to lie to the FBI about interactions with foreign governments under certain circumstances. The argument fails for the same reason the earlier argument fails: The investigation had proper predication, so the lies were material.

Wonder if Judge Sullivan will see it this way?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-07 09:38 PM | Reply

Under William Barr's rules treason is allowed. Michael Flynn committed treason, admitted it in court twice. Barr needs to resign, he has destroyed the credibility of our Justice Dept.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-08 11:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#2

AG Barr is doing exactly what Pres Trump wants.

thecomicnews.com

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-08 11:59 AM | Reply

This is the modern Republican Party.

But what did you expect?

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-08 12:07 PM | Reply

Benedict Arnold Barr.

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-08 12:13 PM | Reply

AG Barr is doing exactly what Pres Trump wants.
thecomicnews.com
#3 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2020-05-08 11:59 AM | FLAG: You mean like obama's 'wingman' Holder did?

" Attorney General Eric Holder brushed off a question Thursday about when he might leave the administration. Instead, the top lawman professed his allegiance to President Barack Obama.

"I'm still enjoying what I'm doing, there's still work to be done. I'm still the President's wing-man, so I'm there with my boy. So we'll see," Holder said in an interview on the Tom Joyner radio show."

#6 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-05-08 12:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

#6

There have been 317 criminal indictments under three recent Republican presidents and only three indictments under three recent Democratic presidents.

Recent administrations with the MOST criminal indictments:

Trump (Republican) - 215

Recent administrations with the LEAST criminal indictments:

Obama (Democrat) - 0

www.politifact.com

You were saying something MSGT?

#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-08 12:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You were saying something MSGT?

Yes, he was saying "whatabout...".

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-08 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#7 | POSTED BY TONYROMA AT 2020-05-08 12:33 PM | FLAG: Of course none under obama ahd his complicit FBI and DOJ [remember Fast & Furious]: Libbie administration's "nothing to see here, just move along".

#9 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-05-08 02:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Just remember tony, just because one brushes the dirt under the rug does not mean it is not there.....

#10 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-05-08 02:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Of course none under obama ahd his complicit FBI and DOJ [remember Fast & Furious]:

September 19, 2012 - The DOJ Inspector General releases a report on the operation, concluding that Holder was not informed of Fast and Furious until 2011. The inspector general finds 14 employees of the ATF and the DOJ responsible for management failures.
Come again, MSGT....

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-08 02:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The people responsible for F&F were not political appointees of President Obama. They were non-political employees working independently within the federal bureaucracy.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-08 02:17 PM | Reply

And none of this has anything to do with Barr's perversion of the law that this thread tears apart quite thoroughly.

Deflections noted... and henceforth ignored.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-08 02:19 PM | Reply

@#6 ... " Attorney General Eric Holder brushed off a question Thursday about when he might leave the administration. Instead, the top lawman professed his allegiance to President Barack Obama. ...

Did fmr Pres Obama ever state that he has the absolute right to do whatever he wants with the Justice Department?

Pres Trump did.

And Pres Trump has turned AG Barr into his own personal lawyer because of it.

Trump Says Russia Inquiry Makes U.S. Look Very Bad' (Dec 2017)
www.nytimes.com

..."I have absolute right to do what I want to do with the Justice Department,"...

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-08 02:39 PM | Reply

"Did fmr Pres Obama ever state that he has the absolute right to do whatever he wants with the Justice Department?
Pres Trump did."

When you have a Senate majority that won't convict a Republican President regardless of the evidence it gives that President almost unlimited power. I doubt very seriously that there is anything Trump could do bad enough for the Republicans in the Senate to convict him in any impeachment. They sold their morality and aren't even ashamed of it.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-08 02:57 PM | Reply

Libbie administration's "nothing to see here, just move along".

#9 | POSTED BY MSGT

You idiots literally can't not describe yourselves can you?

Your next post was even worse. So bad I'll take pity on you and not repost it.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-08 07:56 PM | Reply

We have now skipped from a second-rate nation directly to a third-rate nation, without all of the bothersome time it usually takes to decline in power and structure of law. Winning.

#17 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-05-09 06:36 PM | Reply

[remember Fast & Furious]: Libbie administration's "nothing to see here, just move along".
#9 | POSTED BY MSGT

Serious question, MSgt
It's been nearly four years and nobody from Fast and Furious has been prosecuted by Trump's DOJ.
Why do you think that is?

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-09 06:39 PM | Reply

A beautiful day for the Justice Department!

What Trump says is Justice, is Justice.
What Trump says is Corruption, is Corruption.

We can basically just eliminate the whole Department of Justice now, saving the taxpayers millions.
So Much Winning!
#MAGA

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-09 06:41 PM | Reply

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