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Listen Live: Appeals Court Rehears Michael Flynn’s Request To Dismiss Case Against Him



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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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Pope Francis calls for universal ban on ‘so-called surrogate motherhood’



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Pope Francis called for a universal ban on surrogacy, likening the practice as an unborn child “turned into an object of trafficking.”

“I consider despicable the practice of so-called surrogate motherhood, which represents a grave violation of the dignity of the woman and the child, based on the exploitation of situations of the mother’s material needs,” Francis said in a speech to the Holy See on Monday.

The “uterus for rent” process, as Francis has called it, was estimated to bring in $14 billion in the U.S. in 2022, and is projected to grow to a $129 billion market by 2032. National Review reports Individual surrogacies can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $200,000 plus in the U.S. Rising infertility rates, an increase in the number of fertility clinics, and “sedentary lifestyles” contribute to surrogacy’s recent popularity, according to Global Market Insights.

“A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Surrogacy is already banned in many European countries. In the United States, commercial surrogacy, or for-profit surrogacy, is legal in some states, and the practice has been used by celebrities who are very public with their decision to use surrogacy.

Altruistic surrogacy, the method by which a woman carries another person’s child for no official compensation, is legal in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa, Greece, and Iceland, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The speech was about threats to peace and human dignity. “A child is always a gift and never the basis of a commercial contract,” Francis continued. “Consequently, I express my hope for an effort by the international community to prohibit this practice universally.”

Francis also listed Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas war, climate change, and increased weapons production as great threats to peace on Monday.

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