“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade and Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst on the network, found themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to whether the FBI entrapped former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the bureau.
In a segment featuring ex-Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, the discussion was on former FBI director James Comey testifying before Congress again on Monday — a scenario the very partisan Comey has learned to play well.
Bongino was asked what he would like to ask Comey and replied by saying he’d ask “why the heck” Flynn was questioned to begin with when news reports at the time said the FBI found nothing elicit after reviewing Flynn’s communications.
He scoffed at the FBI interviewing Flynn for a possible Logan Act violation, saying that never in U.S. history has it been successfully prosecuted.
“What is the Logan?” Kilmeade asked. “Working with the enemy. Did Jane Fonda get that? We saw video of her with the enemy. So, I mean, you’ve got to be kidding you are going after him for this reason?”
The “Fox & Friends” co-host also commented on how Flynn was approached by the bureau, which urged him not to have legal representation during the interview.
“He walked in and shook their hands and felt like one of the guys. he offered them a tour of the White House,” Kilmeade explained. “He sat down there, he thought they were talking among two buddies. They used that to [their] advantage.”
His sentiment consistent with what Flynn’s attorneys have suggested, that the bureau duped Flynn into making false statements — the theory being that once they have him in a compromising position, they could get him to flip on President Trump.
In a separate appearance on the Fox Business Network, Napolitano dismissed the claims that FBI agents entrapped Flynn when they interviewed him.
But his argument came down to a matter of semantics, as Napolitian agreed that the FBI “trapped” Flynn, but said that did not amount to “entrapping” him.
Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo pointed out during a panel discussion that former FBI director James Comey acknowledged he sent agents to the White House to interview Flynn.
This wasn’t standard practice and Comey admitted that it was “something I probably wouldn’t have done or maybe gotten away within a more organized administration.”
“Which is why the [Wall Street] Journal called it ‘entrapment,’” Bartiromo said.
“It’s actually — I saw your interview with General [Michael] Mukasey, in my opinion, he’s absolutely correct: though they trapped [Flynn], it’s not entrapment. Entrapment is when you resist and resist and resist and they push and push and push.”
“But they did trap him, I agree with that,” Bartiromo replied.
After a clip was played of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., saying Flynn was entrapped, in comparison to a clip of Mukasey talking about the legal definition of entrapment, Napolitano added, “I wish that Darrell Issa were correct, and that General Mukasey were wrong. But it’s the other way around.”
It seems everyone agrees Flynn, who served his country as a member of the military for better than three decades, got screwed by Comey’s FBI — even if it falls just short, by definition, of an illegal screwing.
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