The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit will rehear the oral argument Tuesday to determine whether Federal District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan must dismiss the perjury case against former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
The decision to drop the case against Flynn was initiated by his defense lawyer Sidney Powell and the Department of Justice under Attorney General William Barr, who stated that the overwhelming evidence reveals that Flynn is not guilty of the crimes he was accused of by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors.
The FBI conducted a surprise interview on Flynn in January, 2017 at the White House. That interview became the impetus to remove him from his White House position and later would lead to charges in which Flynn pleaded guilty. Flynn has stated that he only pleaded guilty after being strong armed by the prosecution, which threatened to drag his son, Michael Flynn Jr., into the legal mess. Flynn was also facing millions of dollars of mounting debt in his nearly three year defense.
He replaced his previous defense team with Powell, who has been fighting over the past year for his freedom. The FBI officials who interviewed Flynn at the White House regarding his communications with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak did not believe he was lying according to documents discovered by Powell.
A series of documents were withheld from Flynn’s defense team, which Powell argued was exculpatory evidence that would have changed the tide of the case against her client.
The case has been an American saga with many ups and downs and today’s hearing before the 10 judge panel is the most important. The judges will decide whether Sullivan should dismiss the case as determined by Attorney General Barr.
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Daily Wire investigation: Italian company may have illegally sold rights to the Vatican’s priceless art
The Daily Wire has been conducting a fascinating investigation into the Vatican Museum’s priceless artwork. “Rights to the Vatican Museums’ priceless trove of art treasures may have been illegally sold without the Holy See’s approval in what one attorney described as a “high-tech heist,” the investigation finds.
An Italian company is allegedly selling the rights to reproduce the Vatican artwork in six-figure deals, while claiming to be working in “collaboration with” the Vatican Museums.
“This scheme is nothing less than a pre-meditated, high-tech heist of world-class treasured art from the Vatican Museums under the disguise of bogus licenses, as if sanctioned by the Vatican,” Sarah Rose Speno, a New York attorney, told The Daily Wire.
The Daily Wire’s report notes that Speno said she stumbled upon the alleged scheme in March when she sought permission to use images of Vatican art for an exhibition by a client.
“We discovered that a large table book had been published with high-resolution images of the interiors of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel,” Speno said. “We very much wanted to pursue an opportunity to license these images, as soon as possible.”
Speno contacted Scripta Maneant — the Italian publisher that licensed the photos in the book. Scripta Maneant claimed authority to broker the publishing rights via its “collaboration” with Vatican Museums vice director, Monsignore Paolo Nicolini. Scripta Maneant wanted $550,000 for the rights — with a portion being paid to the Vatican through Nicolini, according to Speno. Although Scripta Maneant claimed the fee would be shared with the Vatican, Speno said she later became suspicious.
“The Scripta Maneant scheme became obvious when the Scripta principals demanded a cash wire in the amount of $82,500 no later than their return from summer holiday in late August,” Speno said. “They said that they would produce Vatican approval for our Italian Renaissance Immersive project ‘if and only if’ the fee were wired to the Scripta bank account they provided. It was at this point that grave suspicion entered my mind.”
Ultimately, Speno said, “we terminated the deal when Scripta could not provide us with documented consent by the Vatican.”
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