This week in the never-ending story of the non-dismissal of Gen. Michael Flynn’s perjury charges, we’ve had the scathing and blistering recommendations delivered from former Judge John Gleeson to Judge Sullivan and an appeals court hearing which was highly skeptical of the Government’s claims.
According to The Washington Post, a D.C. federal appeals court this Friday “appeared reluctant” to dismiss the guilty plea of President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The court signaled that it believes the Justice Department intervening to drop a prosecution is “not in the public interest.”
“Flynn, joined by the Justice Department, had asked the appeals court to force U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to quickly close the case and put a stop to Sullivan’s examination of the government’s unusual decision to drop the charges against the retired three-star general,” the Post reports.
“But Judges Karen Henderson and Robert Wilkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit expressed skepticism of Flynn’s argument that Sullivan cannot conduct an independent evaluation or name an outside party to argue against the Justice Department’s May 7 motion,” the report added.
So that’s another big bowl of fail for Bill Barr — and wait until you see what Judge Gleeson had to say.
In his recommendations Gleeson stated that Sullivan should not issue judicial perjury charges against Flynn, he shouldn’t get special treatment. instead, Sullivan should ignore the DOJ dismissal document because it was basically a politically inspired sham.
“They contradict and ignore this Court’s prior orders, which constitute law of the case,” Gleeson said of the DOJ’s new reasons for why the case should be dismissed. “They are riddled with inexplicable and elementary errors of law and fact.”
Gleeson described the DOJ’s explanations for dropping the case as “not credible,” saying that it was involved in “corrupt, politically motivated dismissals.”
“The Government has engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President,” Gleeson wrote.
“The reasons offered by the Government are so irregular, and so obviously pretextual, that they are deficient,” Gleeson wrote. “Moreover, the facts surrounding the filing of the Government’s motion constitute clear evidence of gross prosecutorial abuse.”
Gleeson added that the reasons for dismissal “are directly and decisively disproven by the Government’s own briefs filed just months ago in this very proceeding,” before homing in on the damage done to Sullivan’s authority in the case: “They are also plainly inconsistent with prior orders of this Court, which constitute law of the case.”
He argued that Flynn should be sentenced based on his original December 2017 guilty plea and laid out the details of the political ugliness of the case.
“Russia was a geopolitical adversary that had just interfered with the American electoral process, yet Flynn was quietly making conciliatory overtures that undercut the just- announced measures intended to convey the seriousness with which the United States regarded that incursion,” Gleeson wrote.
Gleeson also emphasized in the filing Trump’s own promises to Flynn, purportedly made on the day of his February 2017 resignation from the position of National Security Adviser.
“On Flynn’s final day, the President hugged him and said, ‘You’re a good guy. We’ll take care of you,’” the filing reads. “In his resignation letter, Flynn thanked Trump ‘for his personal loyalty.’”
“The next day, Trump began working personally to avert any criminal investigation of Flynn’s conduct,” Gleeson concluded..
Trump didn’t want Flynn investigated, he didn’t want Flynn prosecuted, he didn’t want him sentenced and Bill Barr is trying to deliver that last wish to him despite the facts of the case and despite the law. He’s guilty.
Throughout his argument for why Flynn committed a crime and should therefore be sentenced, Gleeson emphasized the point that all of the arguments he made in favor of Flynn’s guilt were, just months earlier, those made by the same government Gleeson currently opposes.
“Not only did the Government all make these arguments, but the Court has already agreed with them,” Gleeson noted at one point
He should be sentenced, he should see jail. Period. It’s up to Judge Sullivan when that will actually happen. This process has been one gigantic fail burger for Barr and Trump.
If they want Flynn free they’re going to have to issue a pardon.
Meanwhile, Trump and the wrong-wing of the Republicans and Fox News have been out-and-out lying about the Seattle autonomous zone which has been developed by protestors in the city.
Here we have a Fox segment featuring “reporter” Andy Ngo.
Here Ngo attempts to make the residents look like violent thugs with a recording of a private conversation where one of them is carrying a “weapon” [A baseball bat.] Ngo has been previously busted by Rolling Stone for being an agent provocateur for White Supremacist hate-group the Proud Boys.
Nowhere was this demonstrated more quickly than in the case of the meteoric rise and equally rapid fall of Andy Ngo, the provocateur and social media personality who garnered nationwide sympathy last June, when he tweeted that he was attacked by antifascist protesters at a Proud Boys rally. Last week, the local newspaper the Portland Mercury reported that a left-wing activist going undercover as a member of Patriot Prayer, a far-right group known for promoting and engaging in violent clashes with leftist activists, had given the publication an 18-minute video that included footage of Ngo with a group of Patriot Prayer members as the members discuss an upcoming brawl, including weaponry to be used in altercations with antifa. Ngo, who describes himself as a journalist, did not record the conversation, and does not appear to have his camera or notebook out. For part of the footage, he is seen on his phone.
The source told the Mercury that Ngo and Patriot Prayer have an “understanding” that the group offers him protection when he covers rallies in exchange for favorable coverage. While this has not been confirmed, and Ngo strongly denies these allegations, an audio conversation between members of the Proud Boys, released by Willamette Week seemed to confirm that such discussions between Ngo and the Proud Boys had occurred, as one man is recorded saying that Ngo was attacked on June 29th because he refused an offer of protection. “Andy Ngo was fucking told that if he wanted protection from the PBs [Proud Boys], he went in with us and he went out with us,” the man says.
Fox News has been caught digitally manipulating images to make them appear more sinister and violent. But if the wing-nuts would like Seattle PD to come charging back into the CHAZ with CS gas and rubber bullets they’re in for a bummer because a Federal Judge has already blocked them from doing that, because they had already done it before.
SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has found evidence that the Seattle Police Department used excessive force and violated the free-speech rights of thousands of demonstrators, and has issued a temporary restraining order preventing officers from using pepper spray, tear gas, foam-tipped projectiles or any other force against peaceful protesters.In issuing the order, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones concluded, based on video and other evidence, “that on some occasions the SPD has in fact used less-lethal weapons disproportionately and without provocation.
Filing bogus dismissal notices, doctoring videos and images, there’s not bottom below which these people will not sink to have their way.
Here are the remaining events for this past week:
- Ben Carson dodges when asked about Trump’s retweet attack on George Floyd’s character and he also claims that police racism is not “systemic.”
- Colin Powell buries “birther and liar” Trump and vows to vote for Biden in an interview on CNN.
- Trump orders withdrawal of national guard Troops from DC following spat with Mayor Bowser.
- Acting DHS Chief Chad Wolf denies systemic racism. Black people just feel “slighted” by police killings.
- Peter Navarro blames looters for destroying Trump’s economy: “A pack of animals.”
- AG Barr denies teargassing protestors: “pepper spray is not a chemical irritant.” [The FUCK it’s not!]
- Harvard Psychiatrist; “Trump wants to turn America into a police state.”
- NYTimes editorial page editor resigns over the Tom Cotton article.
- Minneapolis city council vows to disband and reform the police, but the Mayor doesn’t support it.
- Trump mocks Romney for participating in a BLM protest then he plans to give a speech on racism and unity which no one thinks is a good idea. [And will probably be written by Stephen Miller.] He throws a tantrum when a CNN poll shows Biden with a 15-point lead, so he resurrects his “unskew the polls” push.
- New York finally begins to reopen.
- Democrats unveil police reform bill, which includes a national registry for fired officers, and a ban on choke holds.
- Georgia sees a 2,500% increase in absentee voting.
- Biden backs major reform, but doesn’t support calls to “Defund the Police.”
- Schumer and Pelosi call for Trump to reopen Lafayette square after his “regrettable political stunt.”
- LEOs “strategically deflated” tires during Minneapolis protest.
- Barr defends the Photo-Op: “POTUS should be able to walk one block from the WH.” then he blows Trump’s cover by saying the Secret Service sent him to the Bunker.
- 110,000 Americans are dead from Covid-19.
- Trump campaign pours money into an ad that touts the jobs numbers. [Nevermind Covid-19 and the BLM protests]
- Trump tweets — based on a rumor from OANN, Breitbart and the Kremlin — that the injured 75-year-old Buffalo protestor was an “Antifa provocateur” who deliberately injured himself to make the police look bad. [They don’t need help.] And he nearly fired Esper over the Insurrection Act debacle.
- RNC Chair says Trump will be holding “full rallies” soon.
- Lafayette Square will be mostly open by Wednesday (Tomorrow)
- Biden says Trump “squandered” the economic growth that started under Obama.
- Cuomo blasts Trump for his “reprehensible and dumb” tweet about Buffalo protestor.
- Yep, Stephen Miller is writing the race and unity speech.
- National Guard soldiers test positive for CoronaVirus after DC protests.
- Federal judge Reggie Walton who accused Barr of “distorting” the Mueller report has read an unredacted version and is now demanding answers from the DOJ on June 20th.
- George Floyd is laid to rest with an Al Sharpton sermon where he says Trump cares more about stopping the looting than stopping the police killing. “Wickedness”
- Stacy Abrams calls out the GA election debacle.
- GOP is looking to move the RNC to Jacksonville.
- Hannity tries to compare the FBI probe of Trump’s campaign to the killing of George Floyd.
- Fauci warns protestors to be careful of viral spread.
- Fired State Dept. IG describes the struggle to maintain independence.
- Gallup Poll: Trump’s approval drops 10 points in one month.
- McConnel mocks the uproar over Tom Cotton’s NYT op-ed.
- WH continues boosting the smear of Martin Gugino the injured Buffalo protestor by denying that it’s an unfounded conspiracy theory
- Former Judge John Gleeson scorches both Mike Flynn and the DOJ saying they’ve used cynical gamesmanship to change his plea and that the motion to dismiss contradicts previous rulings and is nonsensical.
- Geoge Floyd’s brother testifies before House: “He didn’t deserve to die for $20”
- CBS reports that Chauvin and Floyd argued at the nightclub where they both provided security.
- Trump tweets he will not even consider changing the names of bases named for Confederate soldiers. Then he demands that CNN apologize for a poll they published showing him trailing by 14 points.
- Nascar bans confederate flags. Nascar fans explode.
- 1250 former DOJ employees demand an explanation for Barr’s giving orders to clear Lafayette park.
- Pelosi demands that 11 confederate statues in the Capital be removed.
June 11th —
- Trump threatens to “take back” Seattle from anti-racism protestors. He also approves sanctions and ICC workers who investigate US Troops. He plans for a rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth and has his guest sign a waiver in case they get Covid-19. He goes to a roundtable on race in Dallas — where he doesn’t invite the police chief, the Sherrif, or the DA, who are all black — and says the National Guard cut through the protestors “like butter”, that he wants to “dominate the streets with compassion” and that he’ll “solve racism very quickly and easily.” He also declares Dems to be “domestic terrorists”, “ugly anarchists”, “antifa” and “radical left.” He proposes asylum rules that will write “refugee” out of existence.
- 1.5 Million jobless claims were filed last week (Doesn’t this essentially erase the 2 million jobs gained?)
- Martin Gugino may have suffered a brain injury.
- Floyd and Chauvin’s co-worker walks back the claim that they “bumped heads” and argued at work.
- Protestors topple a Jefferson Davis statue in Richmond Virginia.
- Biden is convinced the military would remove Trump if he refused to go. [More likely the Secret Service or U.S. Marshals would do it.]
- Ohio GOPer says “Colored” people “Don’t wash their hands” like other folks.
- Gen. Milley apologizes for accompanying Trump on his walk of shame through Lafayette Square.
- Surgeon Generals says: “That could be me with a knee on my neck.”
- GOP-Controlled committee passes measure to change Confederate names of military bases.
- McCarthy announces support for Police Choke-hold ban.
- Trump camp tells their supporters they can’t sue if they get Covid-19 at his rally.
- The RNC is officially moved to Jacksonville.
- 19 States are seeing spikes in Covid-19 cases, some as high as 50%.
June 12th —
- John Bolton’s book will allege misconduct with other countries besides Ukraine. He accuses Dems of “impeachment malpractice” for focusing purely on Ukraine. [How were they supposed to know about more.. oh wait, right, YOU DIDN’T TESTIFY!]
- WH wants to blame Mexico for the new wave of Covid-19 infections.
- GOPer fired over his claim that black people “Don’t wash their hands.”
- Fox’s Harris Faulkner schools Trump on the origin of “when the looting starts – the shooting starts.” Trump then says he’s been the “greatest President for African Americans” — because he gave some money to HBCU’s and signed the “First Step” act — except for Lincoln who he says — with the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment — is “questionable.” [So Truman who desegrated the Military and LBJ who signed the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act and Housing Fairness Act, and Obama who investigated over a dozen police departments for racial bias, instigated the 21st Century Policing Project, the Affordable Care Act and My Brother’s Keeper just don’t count?] He also says “I think the concept of choke-holds sound so innocent, so perfect.”
- Louisville bans “No knock” warrants 3 months after the death of Breonna Taylor.
- Gen. Milley reportedly considered resigning after the photo-op.
- Melania refused to live in the WH until she re-negotiated her prenup costing thousands in security fees.
- Sen. Josh Hawley decries “Historical Revisionism” for stripping confederate names from bases. [These were traitors, not Americans. Do we have a Fort Benedict Arnold?]
- Man accused of killing a cop during a protest scrawled “boogaloo” signs in blood.
- CDC releases individual guidance on avoiding Covid-19.
- DOJ claims the courts can’t hold the DOJ accountable for dismissing a case for corrupt purposes.
- One month after reopening Arizona sees rising Covid-19 cases and ICU shortages.
- There’s an incredibly stupid bleach drinking epidemic. Really.
- Biden supports the renaming of confederate bases.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci warns about going to political rallies without a mask.
- Betsy Devos blocks Covid-19 relief funds from students, including DACA recipients.
- Fiona Hill says Trump once mistook her for a secretary.
- Florida is stuck with nearly a million doss of HydroxyChloroquine because the Hospitals won’t use it.
- Appeals court states that Bill Barr’s dismissal of the Flynn case “was not in the public interest.”
- Barr’s dismissal of the Flynn case may “not be in the public interest.”
- Two different black men are found hanging from trees 50 miles apart in California.
June 13th —
- Trump’s campaign manager Brad Pascale says 300k tickets sold for a Tulsa arena that holds 19k. The rally is moved from Juneteenth to the 20th.
- Sen. Jones says it “tough for Sessions to be on the right side of history with the Confederacy.”
- Fox News manipulates pictures of the Seattle protests then lies about it.
- MN flag under renewed scrutiny because of confederate flag iconography.
- Polls say female voters are fleeing from Trump, like rats on a sinking ship.
- Trump drags the entire West Point class back to school during a pandemic for his commencement address. And he believes his white-supremacist trolling is his path to re-election and he hates the idea of delivering his GOP nomination acceptance speech to a crowd wearing masks. Concerns about his health arise as he can’t drink a cup of water without using two hands, and he struggles with walking down a ramp.
- Federal Judge bars Seattle police from using tear gas and violence against protestors and the CHAZ due to their previous use of excessive force.
- Former NYPD spokesman admits “We killed Eric Garner.”
- Court blocks Devos from taking coronavirus aid from students.
- Atlanta’s police chief steps down after the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks as he runs from police after falling asleep in his car in a Wendy’s parking lot.
- Biden calls Trump’s handling of CoronVirus “Almost Criminal.”
- 115,000 Americans are dead from Covid-19.