One year ago on this program I offered up opinions/feelings about some of the stuff going on. At the time, one year ago, Michael Flynn was the big thing. And now we’ve got the news that on the day that Trump was inaugurated, Susan Rice was frantically creating a paper trail — an email paper trail and an email paper trail timeline — designed to protect Obama. We find out from Byron York the FBI didn’t think Mike Flynn had done anything wrong!
Do you know that Comey testified to Congress that he didn’t think Mike Flynn had done anything wrong, didn’t think he had lied? And yet that investigation was pursued, and now we’ve got this indictment from Mueller where a plea deal and people say, “If he didn’t do it, then why did he settle?” ‘Cause they were driving him bankrupt! Flynn was broke. He was worried about the effect this was having on his family. But we’ve got on the Congressional Record that James Comey of the FBI told members of Congress on a committee that Flynn had not lied to anybody.
It takes us back to the actual FBI interview of Flynn anyway. It was not set up as an interview. Flynn is the incoming national security adviser. That means there’s frequent contact with the FBI and the CIA.
They called over to the White House and said they wanted to come talk to Flynn. Flynn said, “Okay, come on over.” He thinks it’s gonna be a consultation. Instead it turns out to be a full-fledged interview that he wasn’t aware of. But Byron York in the Washington Examiner has a really, really great piece today on all of this, and I just want to kick it off with my comments on this from one year ago almost to the day.
RUSH ARCHIVE: To show you just how lame the media is and how little they’ve got, they’re already asking, “What did Trump know and when did he know it?” and that’s not the question. The question is, what did Barack Obama know and when did he know it and what has he engineered here? This all happened with Flynn back in December.
Trump had not even been inaugurated yet. And it’s still mysterious to me what really happened. Even if — even if — Flynn, as the incoming national security director, had called the Russian ambassador to talk, so what? That’s not hard to imagine. That’s not a big deal. It really isn’t a big deal.
RUSH: Not a big deal. It’d be standard operating procedure. We’re talking about the Russian ambassador here, and the new administration reaching out, familiarizing themselves with various representatives of other countries. It wasn’t just the Russians that Flynn was talking to. The Russian ambassador, remember, was being surveilled. Standard operating procedure. Also, we wiretap foreign officials. This guy’s phone call to Flynn therefore Flynn was unmasked. Susan Rice, hi! Flynn’s unmasked. It’s reported what he and Kislyak talked about, and, bammo!
Flynn is destroyed. Byron York, Washington Examiner: Flynn is destroyed. Byron York, Washington Examiner: “In March 2017, then-FBI Director James Comey briefed a number of Capitol Hill lawmakers on the Trump-Russia investigation. One topic of intense interest was the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump White House national security adviser who resigned under pressure on February 13 after just 24 days in the job. …
So in March, lawmakers wanted Comey to tell them what was up. “And what they heard from the director did not match what they were hearing in the media. According to two sources familiar with the meetings, Comey told lawmakers that the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn did not believe that Flynn had lied to them, or that any inaccuracies in his answers were intentional. As a result, some of those in attendance came away with the impression…”
After hearing from Comey, these members of Congress “came away with the impression that Flynn would not be charged with a crime pertaining to the January 24 interview” with the FBI. “Nine months later, with Comey gone and special counsel Robert Mueller in charge of the Trump-Russia investigation, Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the FBI in that January 24 questioning. What happened?
“With Flynn awaiting sentencing — that was recently delayed until at least May — some lawmakers are trying to figure out what occurred between the time Comey told Congress the FBI did not believe Flynn lied and the time, several months later, when Flynn pleaded guilty to just that. None of those congressional investigators has an answer; they’re baffled by the turn of events. But they know they find the Flynn case troubling, from start to finish.
“The questioning in that January 24 interview apparently revolved around the Flynn-Kislyak phone conversations,” but Flynn was not told he was in an investigation-type interview. “The first thing to remember is that it appears Flynn did nothing wrong in having those” conversations with the Russian ambassador. “As the incoming national security adviser, it was entirely reasonable that he” would be having such discussions.
As I pointed out, even “the Washington Post reported” more than a year ago “that the FBI had reviewed the” transcripts of those phone calls and found Flynn did nothing illegal. So what happened here? Why did he end up pleading guilty to one count? Why has the sentencing been delayed until May? According to Byron York, indeed it appears the FBI did not think Flynn had done anything wrong in the calls.
If you take the Flynn thing out of this, if Comey’s assessment and transcripts of the phone call show that Flynn did nothing wrong, does this investigation ever really get going? And I don’t think it does. I think… Folks, we are living in the midst of one of the most gigantic political scandals of our lifetime.
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