Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “got railroaded” at his sentencing hearing, and the irate presiding judge was “beyond unfair.” That’s the sobering assessment of ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams.
“[Judge Emmet Sullivan] was so…beyond unfair,” Abrams said on his SiriusXM show (audio below). “He was either unprepared or he was just being vindictive.”
Abrams, a liberal-leaning attorney, was reacting to the scathing and misinformed rebuke that federal judge Emmet Sullivan directed at Michael Flynn at his sentencing hearing.
Judge Sullivan angrily torched Flynn by saying: “All along, you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the National Security Adviser to the President of the United States. That undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out.”
Sullivan later backtracked after realizing he had made a mistake about the timeline of Flynn’s lobbying work for Turkey.
“I made a statement about Mr. Flynn acting as a foreign agent in the White House,” Sullivan said, adding that he had gotten his facts wrong. “I feel terrible about that.”
By then, the headlines had already circulated all around the world — of a US federal judge calling President Trump’s former National Security Adviser a traitor to his country.
"I felt terrible about that," Sullivan says, after the prosecutor notes Flynn's conduct as a foreign agent ended in mid-Nov 2016.
"I'm not suggesting he committed treason," Sullivan adds, further apologizing for his remarks in the prior session.
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ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams said Judge Sullivan’s shocking outburst made him realize how unfairly Flynn is being treated.
“He was treated unfairly today. I have sympathy for Michael Flynn now. And it’s fair to say that at this hearing he got railroaded.
This judge was so — it’s beyond unfair. He was either unprepared or he was just being vindictive…Words matter.”
Abrams isn’t the only legal expert who believes that Flynn is being unfairly targeted. Former US Attorney Joe diGenova slammed the Obama FBI for framing Flynn, saying they used him to destroy President Trump.
“Michael Flynn was framed to get Donald Trump,” diGenova said. “[Former Obama FBI officials] Sally Yates, James Comey, Peter Strozk, Andrew McCabe all planned it. What you are watching play out in an American courtroom is one of the most disgraceful events in American criminal justice.”
DiGenova explained: “After the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton needed a reason for why she lost. Enter Russian collusion.
“Part of that was to find somebody in the Trump administration to frame for ‘talking to the Russians.’ They found General Flynn. But in fact, all of General Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador and everybody else were legal.”
So why did the FBI approach him? The answer is: They wanted to frame him. And they succeeded.”
The mainstream media and the left are viciously attacking Michael Flynn as a traitor to his country because of his association with President Trump, but they blithely ignore actual acts of treason, like Hillary Clinton’s self-dealing Uranium One deal.
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