FBI analysts charged with investigating then-candidate Donald Trump and his associates over an alleged and now-debunked conspiracy with Russia “all went and purchased professional liability insurance” because they anticipated they may be guilty of wrongdoing, according to new documents released Thursday.
The statement was made on January 10, 2017, in text messages released by Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell as part of her multiple requests for exculpatory evidence. At the time, it appears the FBI team anticipated that “the whole thing is pretty ugly…we shall see how things pan out,” adding “[t]he concern when we got it was that there was a big leak at DOJ and the NYT among others was going to do a piece.”
And if they were ever questioned by “the new AG…then yada yada yada…we all get screwed.”
The retired three-star general, who served as White House National Security under Trump, has been in a tense battle with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to clear his name. Last month, Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice urged Judge Emmet Sullivan to drop all charges against Flynn citing evidence that had not yet been made public.
“There was no case against General Flynn,” Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell wrote of the new documents in a brief Thursday. ‘There was no crime. The FBI and the prosecutors knew that. This American hero and his entire family have suffered for four years from public abuse, slander, libel, and all means of defamation at the hands of the very government he pledged his life to defend. For these reasons and all those previously briefed, the Government’s Motion to Dismiss should now be granted with prejudice instanter for multiple violations of Case 1:17-cr-00232-EGS Document 248 Filed 09/24/20 Page 11 of 13 12″
She added, “Brady and the wrongful prosecution of General Flynn when the agents and prosecutors knew there was no crime. This hideous abuse of power and travesty of justice has only been exacerbated by the unprecedented and baseless rulings of this court, and it should not continue another day.”
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Last surviving WW2 Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams dies at 98
On this Fourth of July we honor the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. Marine veteran Hershel “Woody” Williams died Wednesday at 3:15 a.m. and was 98 years old. Williams died at the Huntington, West Virginia, Veterans Affairs hospital named after him, according to a statement from his foundation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Sunday that Williams will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol.
The Marine Corps Times writes about the honorable veteran and his Medal:
Born in 1923 on a dairy farm in Quiet Dell, West Virginia, Williams was the youngest of 11 children, according to the Weirton, West Virginia, Daily Times.
Initially disqualified for being too short, Williams enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943, according to his biography. The demolition sergeant landed on Iwo Jima on Feb. 21, 1945, with 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division.
Two days later, on Feb. 23, 1945, he famously destroyed enemy emplacements with a flamethrower, going forward alone into machinegun fire, covered only by four riflemen.
His citation states, “he fought desperately for 4 hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flamethrowers,” before wiping out one enemy position after another.
On one occasion, he “daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flamethrower through the air vent,” which killed all enemy occupants and silenced its gun.
Williams received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman at the White House in October 1945 for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”
God Bless Woody Williams and his family.
America is great because of heroes like him. https://t.co/QxAFMWDMYH
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 30, 2022
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