U.S. District Judge Emmet T. Sullivan is acting more like a prosecutor everyday: He’s pleading with appeals court to reconsider its recent decision on June 24, to dismiss the case against President Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Point is, Sullivan is not a prosecutor, he’s a judge. He’s gone far beyond his mandate as a judge and it is obvious that he is targeting Lt. Gen. Flynn. In fact, no one has argued against Sullivan’s behavior more extensively and succinctly than Flynn’s defense attorney, Sidney Powell. She has been fighting a bureaucracy of coverups and lies for more than a year on behalf of her client.
But Powell is up against a behemoth bureaucratic swamp that includes Sullivan and those who have targeted the Trump administration.
Sullivan’s lawyer Beth Wilkinson filed the 68 page motion Thursday, asking the appeals court to reconsider its decision, which just adds to the frustration for those involved in Flynn’s long court battle for freedom. For more than four years his family and friends have witnessed an onslaught of malicious targeting that has left the three star general broke and fighting to regain his reputation. His friends and family have described it as a nightmare.”
Sullivan is ensuring that Flynn’s nightmare will go on for a bit longer. His attorney is arguing that dropping charges against Flynn is a decision that threatens “to turn ordinary judicial process upside down.”
But that is an argument based on a fundamental lie. In fact, it was the extensive evidence of prosecutorial misconduct against Flynn that threatens the U.S. justice system. Flynn’s case, along with the evidence discovered by multiple congressional and IG investigations into the FBI and DOJ, that has exposed how deeply flawed the American justice system became under former President Obama’s tenure.
Instead of balancing the scales of justice, the system was hijacked by government officials bent on weaponizing it against political opponents. It’s exactly what they did.
It is a system that Trump, along with the strength and leadership of Attorney General William Barr, hopes to salvage. I certainly hope it can be salvaged or our nation will face
Wilkinson’s argument in Thursday’s filing that it is the district court’s job to consider the rule on pending motions is also flawed. She also noted that the court “if called upon, reviews those decisions – it does not preempt them.” She is just buying time. That’s all that is happening here.
Further, Sullivan is doing everything possible to preempt the appeals court decision, along with that of the Justice Department prosecutors who want the case dropped because of his visceral hate for the Trump administration.
Moreover, it’s the best way to buy more time before the November elections.
Let’s be clear. The American people are well aware now that there is no evidence that Flynn did anything wrong. In fact, the mounds of evidence reflect that if anything it was the prosecution under former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, along with powerful players in the Obama administration, that targeted Flynn to target Trump. That’s not just hearsay, it is documented extensively in emails between FBI special agents, notes written and taken by officials within the Obama administration, text messages and official documents obtained by U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen, who has been looking into Flynn’s case for the Justice Department.
Sullivan’s actions are also unusual if you look at his history with cases, such as the case of the late former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. Sullivan, who presided over Stevens case, admonished the FBI and prosecutors extensively for withholding exculpatory evidence. Stevens was eventually exonerated and Sullivan was touted as a hero for standing up for Stevens in the case.
So why isn’t Sullivan admonishing the prosecutors who lied, withheld evidence and strong armed Flynn into a guilty plea in 2017? Well, it’s simply politics in Washington D.C. and like I noted earlier in this column, Sullivan is hoping to delay any decision in the case until after November.
Bloomberg columnist Eli Lake also made a point that Sullivan’s possible motive on Flynn, in a Tweet Lake posted Thursday: “It’s obvious now that Sullivan is playing out the clock till post election in the Flynn case. On the other hand, @SidneyPowell1 has said there are even more documents that haven’t been released that will further embarrass FBI, Van Grak and Mueller team. May cut both ways.”
The anti-Trump establishment, embedded bureaucrats and the numerous former Obama officials are hedging their bets that Trump will be voted out of office this election season.
Unfortunately, those same officials are miscalculating the odds, just as they did in 2016. The American silent majority, won’t stay silent for long. The distrust in Washington lawmakers and the media is swelling.
And as Lake stated in his Tweet, prolonging Flynn’s battle will also buy time for Powell, along with the Justice Department, to expose the darkest depths of Washington’s corruption.
It will be just enough time, in my opinion, to awaken the American sleeping giant and give Trump another four years of draining the swamp.
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Meta to reinstate Trump’s Facebook, Instagram ‘in coming weeks’
Meta’s president of Global Affairs Nick Clegg announced former President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be reinstated “in coming weeks” after a more than two-year suspension.
“Our determination is that the risk [to public safety] has sufficiently receded,” Meta Clegg said in a blog post. “As such, we will be reinstating Mr. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks. However, we are doing so with new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.”
Twitter restored Trump’s account in November following its takeover by billionaire Elon Musk, but the former president has not yet resumed tweeting. Therefore it is unclear if he will use any of his former social media platforms, or instead remain on his own social media platform, Truth Social.
Clegg said “We just do not want — if he is to return to our services — for him to do what he did on January 6, which is to use our services to delegitimize the 2024 election, much as he sought to discredit the 2020 election.”
New “guardrails” include new policies around restricting accounts by public figures during civil unrest. Under those policies, Meta can decide to restrict the account of a public figure that violates its community standards for a time ranging from one month to two years.
“If he now posts further violating content, that content will be removed, of course, and he could be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” Clegg said.
Posts will also be able to be limited on distribution without removing them or temporarily restricting access to its advertising tools. “Oblique references to QAnon content, for instance … is the kind of material that — even if it’s done obliquely, and doesn’t violate our community standards — we would seek to restrict the distribution of the content and/or restrict his ability to advertise,” added Clegg.
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