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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The Health Industry Distributors’ Association (HIDA) released harrowing data stating “Transportation Delays Are A Healthcare Issue.” HIDA’s December release states, “research estimates that approximately 8,000-12,000 containers of critical medical supplies are delayed an average of up to 37 days throughout the transportation system.”
The statement continues, “The West Coast port with the greatest number of delayed medical containers are the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The most congested East Coast port is the Port of Savannah.”
An infographic is accompanied with the statement which breaks down the crisis further. 17 is the average number of days the shipments are delayed at the Port. There’s an 11 day average delay by rail, and a 9 day average delay by truck.
In those shipping containers, the infographic states 187,000 gowns, 360,000 syringes and 3.5 million surgical gloves are held. The ports with the most medical delayed supplies are Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, New York/New Jersey, Charleston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, Baltimore and Houston.
Axios reports under a “Why it matters” headline, that “Per their projections, medical supplies arriving at a U.S. port on Christmas Day won’t be delivered to hospitals and other care settings until February 2022.”
As a result, “that could delay critical supplies at a time when health care is already expected to most need them due to surges from Delta and Omicron.”
Additionally, “The supply chain problems can compound, starting with medical supplies languishing in U.S. ports for an average of 17 days, officials said.”
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