Michael Flynn’s lawyer is demanding that two cell phones allegedly used by a mysterious professor tied to the Trump-Russia probe be turned over from the government.
Flynn’s defense attorney, Sidney Powell, filed a motion on Tuesday requesting the cell phones allegedly used by Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud.
“This information is material, exculpatory, and relevant to the defense of Mr. Flynn,” Powell said in the motion.
She went on to say that the phones could contain information about intelligence officials “tasked against [Flynn] likely as early as 2014 to arrange — unbeknownst to him — ‘connections’ with certain Russians that they would then use against him in their false claims.”
Powell said the government is currently in possession of the cell phones, and she is not exactly expecting cooperation.
“I think the prosecutors in our case will look for them, but given their prior responses, I expect them to continue to say they are not relevant,” she told Fox News.
Flynn, the former national security advisor for the Trump administration, pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
December 18 has been set as the date for sentencing for Flynn, though his lawyer has argued the case is not ready for sentencing. Powell claimed in a previous filing that the government “continues to deny our request for security clearances” needed to review information related to Flynn’s case.
Mifsud is an incredibly shadowy figure at the center of the Trump-Russia probe. Many believe he is connected to Russian intelligence, while others argue he is actually connected to Western intelligence.
Mifsud told former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, according to Papadopoulos, which is what kicked off events that led to the eventual investigation.
With Mifsud’s role in the Russia probe so mysterious — and Attorney General Bill Barr launching an investigation into the origins of the probe — these cell phones could certainly contain pertinent information that could shed light on how exactly this clown show of an investigation began.
The Department of Justice has attempted to wave off attempts by Flynn’s lawyer to shed light on the origins of the Russia probe as a “fishing expedition.”
“It is a fishing expedition in hopes of advancing conspiracy theories related to the U.S. government’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” the DOJ said in a statement.
Powell is arguing that the law states Flynn has the right to see the cell phones. She references Brady v. Maryland in her request for the devices, a Supreme Court decision that states prosecutors are required by law to turn over all exculpatory evidence in a case.
“Brady’s mandate is fundamental to due process and crucial to ensure that prosecutors fulfill their obligation to seek justice rather than convictions,” Powell said.
Powell previously said the Trump-Russia probe was an investigation built on “fraud,” and she slammed Mueller after he testified before Congress over the summer.
“It was just appalling from every perspective on every level. It was an embarrassment for Mr. Mueller to allow his credibility and integrity to be put behind this investigation build on a fraud,” Powell told Fox Business’ “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”
“Attorney General [William] Barr and [U.S. Attorney John]Durham [who is helping to investigate the origins of the probe] have their work cut out for them,” she added. “Because to restore any faith in the justice system at all in this country and to restore the rule of law, they’re going to have to be serious criminal ramifications for the people who lied on the FISA warrants [and] abused power.”
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