For John, BLUF: Elements within the FBI, the Department of Justice and the Obama National Security apparatus could not wait for the system to work through issues with the Trump Campaign, but took justice into their own hands, to the detriment of the Republic Now the President has a not unreasonable distrust of things coming out of Main Justice and from his own National Security Council. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The New York Post, by the Post Editorial Board, 31 January 2020.
Here is the lede plus three:
Here’s another black eye for the Justice Department’s Obama-era leadership: The case against Gen. Michael Flynn is in full collapse.Involved in this imbroglio was FBI agent Peter Strzok, who is no Inspector Lewis Erskine.
Federal prosecutors just backed down from their demand that Flynn — President Trump’s first, short-lived national security adviser — serve jail time for lying to FBI investigators, telling a court Wednesday that probation would be a “reasonable” sentence.
In fact, Justice had long wanted leniency, since Flynn cooperated fully with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations. But last month it started seeking up to six months of confinement — mainly because he’s no longer taking responsibility for his crime.
“I am innocent,” he writes in a new filing, explaining that he pleaded guilty in 2017 to making false statements to the FBI because he felt helpless to fight the charges: He’d already had to sell his home to pay legal costs and was told his son could be indicted, too.
Then there is the role played by National Security Adviser Susan Rice, someone I used to feel sorry for.nbsp; She leaked the fact of General Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak.nbsp; Tacky, at best.
This whole episode is a blot on not just the FBI, but on the Department of Justice as a whole.
How do we fix this, make it better for the future?
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff