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Federal Appeals Court Denies Flynn Petition. Maybe, It’s Time Trump End This Injustice

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A federal appeals court has denied former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s request to force Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to dismiss his case after the Department of Justice requested that the case be dismissed based on evidence obtained by Justice Department investigators revealing Flynn’s innocence in the matter.

It was an eight to two decision that will basically give Sullivan time to debate the ability to question whether or not the decision to dismiss the case by the Justice Department under Attorney General William Barr was political. This decision reverses an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel in the same court that ordered the judge to immediately dismiss Flynn’s case.

The tragedy, however, of the action taken Monday by the court will not only harm Flynn and his family – it tramples on his right to have a speedy trial and gives Sullivan the authority to operate as a prosecutor and not a judge. President Donald Trump has hinted that he would immediately pardon Flynn but has stayed out of the situation in an effort to have justice through the courts.

Maybe Trump should intervene now. Maybe it’s time he ends the injustice against Flynn. The leftist liberals – along with their friends in the Judicial branch – are politicizing everything and everyone connected to Trump. Flynn and his family have been through enough.

Our nation has been through enough. His case has been a roller coaster ride that has done little more than take a war hero and drag him through the battlefield of an unfair and two-tiered justice system.

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Moreover, sufficient evidence has already been provided by Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell revealing that her client was set up by the Obama Administration’s FBI. In fact, personnel from the FBI involved in Flynn’s investigation have either been fired, dismissed or retired from the bureau. Currently, some, like former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former Director James Comey are under scrutiny by Barr appointed prosecutor John Durham who is probing the FBI’s malfeasance in its investigation into President Donald Trump and now debunked allegations that the campaign conspired with Russia.

Powell noted in a Tweet that the decision was a “disturbing blow to the rule of law.”

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When Barr dropped charges against Flynn, Sullivan appointed a third-party to operate as an Amicus Curie, a friend of the court to argue on his behalf that Flynn’s case should not be dismissed.

Because of Monday’s decision by the federal appeals court, Sullivan can move forward with his plans to hold a hearing on whether or not the DOJ can dismiss the case.

Judge Thomas Griffith noted in the decision that it would be premature for the appeals court to intervene and force Sullivan to render a decision in Flynn’s case.

“Today we reach the unexceptional yet important conclusion that a court of appeals should stay its hand and allow the district court to finish its work rather than hear a challenge to a decision not yet made,” stated Griffith in a statement concurring with the court’s opinion. “That is a policy the federal courts have followed since the beginning of the Republic.”

The court also rejected the three-star Army general from having his case reassigned from Sullivan to another judge.

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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