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.
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.”
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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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic
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