Michael Flynn will be sentenced by a different judge than the one he pleaded guilty to last week after Judge Rudolph Contreras, an Obama appointee, abruptly recused himself.
The reason for the recusal was not disclosed. Flynn’s case has been reassigned to federal judge Emmet Sullivan, an appointee of former president Bill Clinton.
Flynn will be sentenced in February for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia when Donald Trump was president-elect. At the time, Flynn knew he was going to be appointed national security adviser, so his contacting Russian officials was not a crime.
However, Flynn lied to the FBI when questioned by agents after Special Counsel Robert Mueller opened his investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. And lying to the FBI is a crime.
President Trump fired Michael Flynn, a retired Army Lieutenant General, in February 2017 for allegedly lying to Vice President Mike Pence. Flynn served just 24 days on the job.
Flynn’s guilty plea is the biggest headline to emerge from Mueller’s Russia probe, but it has failed to ensnare President Trump. It has also failed to prove that Trump’s camp colluded with Russian officials.
Legal analysts say this toothless indictment of Flynn underscores that Mueller’s costly investigation should be shut down, especially as more evidence emerges that his team is stacked with anti-Trump Democratic donors who cannot be impartial or even professional.
Last weekend, news surfaced that Mueller had fired top FBI agent Peter Strzok because of numerous anti-Trump, pro-Hillary texts Strzok exchanged with another Mueller teammate: FBI attorney Jill Page, with whom he was having an affair.
Strzok was fired in August, but the revelation of his anti-Trump, pro-Hillary text messages didn’t become public until four months later — on December 2.
Shockingly, Strzok was in charge of supervising the Trump-Russia investigation and oversaw the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
The dizzying web of deceit has led many to remark that Mueller’s investigation is tainted and has lost all credibility.
Even liberals like Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz — who voted for Hillary — say Mueller has nothing on Trump. Dershowitz said the indictment of Michael Flynn for “lying to the FBI” is a nothing-burger. If anything, it damages Mueller’s investigation.
“The last thing any prosecutor wants to do is to have to indict a primary witness for lying,” Dershowitz told the Fox News. “If you indict your witness for lying, it means he’s not useful as a witness. He has no credibility.”
Dershowitz added: “This is not a show of strength by the prosecutor, but a show of weakness. They have nothing on anybody above Flynn.”
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