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Flynn case should scare every freedom-loving American

Flynn case should scare every freedom-loving American

Before confessing to a fib to the FBI, General Michael Flynn had a life-long record as a great American patriot.  A man who gave high service to his nation in the military and in public life.  He is the sort of guy they make statues of – or name schools after.

His fall from grace … or more exactly, his character assassination, was due to two irrefutable facts.  He took a job as incoming President Trump’s National Security Advisor and he dubiously confessed to lying to the FBI.  The slander was based on conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in preparation for his job.

That is where malicious spin took over.  His conversations were characterized as being inappropriate – and even treasonous – by the budding #Never Trump Resistance Movement.  They said he violated the never-before-used Logan Act –although he was never charged with violating the Act.  It is equally arguable that his necessarily secret conversations with Kislyak were exactly what an incoming National Security Advisor should be doing during the transition period.

It would appear that Flynn was not forthcoming when he described the subjects covered in those conversations – especially with regard to the POSSIBLE relief from sanctions that President Obama belatedly put on Russia on the eve of his departure from the Oval Office – but Flynn did not necessarily lie about them, either.

Under severe pressure from the federal prosecutors, Flynn reluctantly confessed to lying to investigators.  He has since been awaiting sentencing.  That, however, has been delayed by Flynn’s belief that he had been railroaded into the confession – and that he did not lie to FBI agents.  It was all a matter of interpretation – if even that.

It now appears that Flynn will recant his confession and seek to have the charges dropped.  Unfortunately, he may not be able to get relief for the more than $6 million in legal fees.  Even if he wins his argument, he will have been financially destroyed.

The power to intimidate

Essential to understanding the Flynn case is to appreciate the awesome power prosecutors have if they are out to get you.  Prosecutorial abuse is not just a problem for the rich and famous.  In fact, it is quite common among the least advantaged – albeit not sufficiently recognized or corrected.

I personally have an Asian friend who confessed to a drug crime he did not commit – and was proven to have not committed –  when he was 17 years old.   He confessed because even his court appointed attorney said he would be convicted.  The choice was confessing to the lessor crime and get six months of soft-time at a supervised prison camp or be convicted and serve up to 17 years of hard time in a state prison.  He felt he had no choice.  That happens far too often – especially to minority kids.

Flynn was facing a similar choice. In addition to his innocence, he realized that fighting would take up all his financial resources and leave his family nothing.  Even worse, federal prosecutors threatened to go after Flynn’s son if the General did not confess.  It has been clear from the start that Flynn never confessed because he believed he lied to the FBI agents, but only because he felt intimidated.

Was Flynn set up?

The troublesome question is, why was Flynn set up by the FBI?  And the evolution of evidence and documents suggest that he was used as a means to get at Trump.  The top level of the FBI was clearly maneuvering for a Trump impeachment from day one.

According to an article by Gregg Jarrett of FOX News, “Michael Flynn is the victim of one of the worst miscarriages of justice in modern times — an innocent man who was unfairly targeted by the FBI, wrongfully prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller, and coerced into a guilty plea under threat.”

At the time, high-level FBI officials were already determined to prove a hoped-for criminal conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives under the supervision of President Vladimir Putin.  They already had the crime in mind but needed to find the evidence somewhere … somehow.  In fact, they spent more than two years trying to prove that case through the admittedly orchestrated appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Federal prosecutors then pursued Flynn as a key element in their concocted case.  As we all know, even Mueller ultimately had to admit that no such conspiracy ever took place.

Evidence illegally withheld

Key to Flynn’s case to have his guilty plea set aside is a volume of documents that are said to show the extent of the FBI misconduct in going after Flynn.  The documents have not been released to the public yet, but the new filings by Flynn’s attorney argue that they claim exculpatory information that was illegally withheld by the prosecutors.

At one time, the prosecutors claim that the requested document had “gone missing.”  However, Attorney General William Barr ordered an investigation – and the documents were suddenly no longer missing.

Furthermore, the initial reports by the agents who allegedly heard Flynn’s lie – including the discredited Peter Strzok – stated that they believed Flynn was truthful in all his answers – even if mistaken in some details.  In other words, the only witnesses to the lie initially said it did not happen.

More to come

This situation is still evolving, but what is becoming increasingly clear is that Flynn was set up to get him to flip on Trump – even though the General had no damaging information to offer.  It was a similar tactic the prosecutors used on Michael Cohen to get him to confess to a campaign finance violation that was not a crime, either.  In that case, they used his convictions for tax fraud as the Sword of Damocles to gain the false confession. The same tactic they used on George Papadopoulos.

At this juncture, it is now more likely than not that Flynn will win his case to have his guilty plea set aside based on prosecutorial misconduct.  If not, that leaves open the very real possibility of a presidential pardon – a well-deserved one.

In any case, we will have to see if he sues for retribution and whether those guilty of this miscarriage of justice are hauled into court.  The names of those seemingly open to prosecution include former FBI Director Jim Comey, his Deputy Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok.

So, there ‘tis.

Editor’s Note: Should Flynn be able to sue the FBI to get his legal fees back? Should Strzok or McCabe go to jail for this?  Readers, what do you think?

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Hank L

    Yes, he should be reimbursed for all legal fees and costs, as well as punitive damages. But most of this payment should come from those who are guilty of this crime, not from the government (i.e. taxpayers).
    I have long believed that the phrase “the punishment should fit the crime” should be changed to “the punishment should deter the crime.” If those guilty of this actually had to pay the damages and then serve jail time, their successors would be much less likely to commit this type of crime in the future.

  2. Carl West

    Yes they should go to jail along with all the other traitors that are trying to take over this country and turn it into a communist regime. There is a coupe attempt happening in this country and they must be stopped or we won’t have a country any more. These socialist idiots are insane and incapable of running anything. Although they are doing a great job of running this country into the ground. There is plenty of proof to back this up. School shootings were happening almost every single month of Obama’s almost every week for that matter. As soon as President Trump took office the shootings stopped like a switch had been flipped. School shootings don’t stop like the flip of a light switch. This means they were planned and thought out. Now this fake pandemic where the flu is a lot more deadly than coronavirus. This is the patent number for the coronavirus 20170216427 it is owned by Pirbright Institute which is owned by Bill Gates. Which proves that Bill Gates is behind this coronavirus scare. Because I ask you why does Bill Gates need a patent for coronavirus. No one should have a patent for an illness. They have microchips smaller than a grain of sand. They are going to put the microchip in the vaccine and microchip the entire world under the guise of a so called pandemic. The flu is much more deadly than the coronavirus and they don’t call it a pandemic.

  3. RedBull

    It feels like if he sues the FBI then essentially he is suing all of America, so no – we didn’t do it, bad actors did it and that’s who should be sued. Sued into poverty, shame and total destruction of their lives for restitution of harm done. All of ’em. Personally!!! There’s probably 20 people involved in this one way or the other and some of them are probably pretty wealthy so go get ’em. Yay Mikie!!

  4. Joe S Bruder

    Keep in mind that this goes before a federal judge before Flynn is set free. Flynn has already been sentenced AND PLEADED GUILTY to the charges. For Barr to drop the case at this point is clearly obstruction of justice, and the Judge may not allow it.

    It’s also a (typical Trump) distraction from an even bigger case of obstruction: 57 transcripts from the Mueller investigation were released today. It’s a dangerous distraction, though, as it directly puts Barr on the hotseat for releasing co-conspirators, and Trump if Barr says Trump ordered it.

    The Intelligence Community assessment stated: “Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency. We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump.”

    You can read them for yourself: This is not House generated material (which I’m sure you wouldn’t believe even if it bit you in the ass) – this is from Mueller’s investigation, which all Republicans celebrated as legitimate after Barr censored it and claimed “nothing to see here”.

    Bill Barr, Donald Trump and his progeny, and most of Trump’s campaign staff and Cabinet members are destined for jail. Around the 3rd week of January, there will be a new Attorney General, with orders to prosecute everyone who participated in illegal activity and cover-ups, or lied to Congress. Be glad that it won’t include members of the press (although I suspect one or two Fox News hosts may have some ‘splainin’ to do).

    • Larry Horist

      Joe Bruder. Since you seem to follow matters closely, I assume you know that no one… not one person … in the Trump circle has be accused, indicted or convicted of any criminal conspiracy with the Russians.. Mueller was VERY clear on that point. Even if the Flynn case, there was no underlying crime.. Manafort went to jail for his business dealings and Cohen for his tax fraud. Others for lying to investigators … but no underlying crime. Yes, Russia played propaganda games to influence an election — of which most observers determined did not affect the outcome — and a number of Russians were indicted. And how can you say your info is not House generated when you have to go to a House site to read it?

  5. Linda

    Joe S Bruner
    You are a real piece of fiction! Probably you could write fiction pretty well….but first you may want to have a ct scan of your brain to make sure it is functioning correctly…..reading what you have stated I would be inclined to believe there may be a big problem!

    • Joe Gilbertson

      His fiction isn’t that great either…