Flynn judge wrong to allow anti-Trump former Watergate prosecutors to interfere in case

  
Via:  Vic Eldred  •  2 months ago  •  20 comments

By:   Gregg Jarrett (Fox News)

 Flynn judge wrong to allow anti-Trump former Watergate prosecutors to interfere in case
Hours later, Flynn's lawyer, Sidney Powell, filed a well-reasoned opposition argument that courts are not a forum for special interests. "The 'Watergate Prosecutors' have no special role and no authority whatsoever to insert themselves in this litigation on behalf of anyone," she wrote. Powell also pointed out that Sullivan rejected 24 previous attempts by parties to intervene in the Flynn case. In one of his prior refusals, the judge made this declarative statement: "The Federal Rules of...

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DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec joins Martha MacCallum on 'The Story' with reaction to Judge Emmet Sullivan's decision to postpone an immediate resolution of Michael Flynn's criminal case.

It's a sure sign of desperation whenever lawyers try to raise President Richard Milhous Nixon from the dead.

And so it is that a group of former Watergate special prosecutors this week resurrected the Ghost of Watergate Past in a last-ditch effort to keep alive the federal court case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The gang, adopting the sobriquet "Watergate Prosecutors," asked permission from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to allow them to intervene in the Flynn case so they can - to put it bluntly - tell his honor how to think and what to do.

The judge issued an order Tuesday indicating he will soon accept "amicus curiae" ("friend of the court") submissions in the case.

But in trial court proceedings involving crimes, only prosecutors and defense attorneys are permitted to be heard. Judges are supposed to render decisions based on evidence and arguments presented by the parties involved, not outside interests.

The prosecution of Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, has been on life-support since the Justice Department belatedly moved last week to dismiss charges against him. He was accused of making false statements to the FBI during an interview that was nothing more than a devious perjury trap designed to "get Flynn to lie." The FBI was creating a crime, not investigating one.

A review ordered by Attorney General William Barr discovered that former FBI Director James Comey's agents and Robert Mueller's special counsel hit squad concealed vital exculpatory evidence from Flynn and his attorneys. The hidden documents showed that the retired lieutenant general did not lie to FBI agents, despite his coerced guilty plea under threat.

The former Watergate prosecutors now want to meddle in the Flynn proceedings like uninvited house guests. In a court filing, they compare Barr's decision to drop the Flynn charge to "the Watergate scandal" and Nixon's infamous "Saturday Night Massacre." The analogy is as tortured as the late President Nixon's soul.

Reading their "Statement of Interest" is a nauseating exercise in the hubris of war stories retold by old warriors prone to embellish. The former Watergate prosecutors imagine themselves as heroes who single-handedly salvaged democracy from the clutches of the demented Nixon. On that basis, they argue to the court, they are back to save the day.

I'm reminded of what Butch kept asking Sundance: "Who are those guys?" Good question.

These individuals are hyper-partisans who despise Trump, but have convinced themselves that since they helped drive the demon Nixon from office 45 years ago they should now be given exalted status as super Trump-slayers.

The first name that pops out is Nick Akerman. He can be found on page 269 of my book "Witch Hunt: The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History." He is one of the many media flamethrowers who constantly accused (without evidence) President Trump and his presidential campaign of colluding with Russia.

At one point on MSNBC (July 11, 2017), Akerman said the following about Donald Trump Jr. and his conversation with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower: "There's outright treason. I mean, there is no question that what he's doing is giving aid and comfort to the enemy."

No question? Really?

Forget that Akerman's hyperbolic claim of treason had no remote application or support in the law. The president's son was never charged with any offense because Special Counsel Mueller found no agreement or conspiracy to do anything illegal. But don't let facts get in the way of a good story, Nick.

Another former Watergate prosecutor is Jill Wine-Banks, an MSNBC legal analyst who has a propensity to channel Nixon's ghost at every turn. Earlier this year, she told Salon that "Trump is more dangerous than Nixon" and should be criminally indicted. On MSNBC, she declared that Trump is more of an "existential threat to democracy than Nixon."

Richard Ben-Veniste is also a Watergate alum who has carved out a late career as an inveterate Trump thumper. In a column for The Atlantic in 2017, he drew innumerable parallels between Nixon and Trump.

In the same publication the next year, Ben-Veniste accused Trump of going the "full Nixon on Mueller." One gets the distinct impression that Ben-Veniste's Trump-Nixon obsession belongs on a psychiatrist's couch.

The 16 former Watergate prosecutors who are now determined to insert themselves into the Flynn case just happen to be the same lawyers (minus one) who penned a joint op-ed in the Washington Post on October 10, 2019 headlined "We investigated the Watergate scandal. We believe Trump should be impeached." Of course, we know how that turned out.

But the point is this: these individuals are hyper-partisans who despise Trump, but have convinced themselves that since they helped drive the demon Nixon from office 45 years ago they should now be given exalted status as super Trump-slayers.

This kind of prejudicial interference from outside forces has no place in a court of law. It makes a mockery of both fairness and impartiality.

Sadly, Judge Sullivan appears to have taken leave of his senses and decided to entertain the notion of allowing the former Watergate prosecutors to usurp the role of federal prosecutors. This resulted in his order Tuesday indicating he would permit "individuals and organizations" to file "amicus curiae" submissions.

Hours later, Flynn's lawyer, Sidney Powell, filed a well-reasoned opposition argument that courts are not a forum for special interests. "The 'Watergate Prosecutors' have no special role and no authority whatsoever to insert themselves in this litigation on behalf of anyone," she wrote.

Powell also pointed out that Sullivan rejected 24 previous attempts by parties to intervene in the Flynn case. In one of his prior refusals, the judge made this declarative statement: "The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure do not provide for intervention by third parties in criminal cases. Options exist for a private citizen to express his views about matters of public interest, but the Court's docket is not an available option."

What has changed? Nothing. But Sullivan's ruling may be a reflection of his own abiding prejudice. In a hearing last year, he all but accused Flynn of treason, only to retract his words after a recess. He seems to have a feeble grasp of the facts in this important case.

The former Watergate prosecutors should be denied the opportunity to pursue their biased agenda in a court of law. Flynn has been victimized enough by corrupt and dishonest government officials.

Let these former prosecutors resurrect the ghost of Richard Nixon in a more-friendly forum: the Trump-hating media. These media organizations are sure to roll out the welcome mat.


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Vic Eldred
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 months ago

The rogue operatives get a second bite of the apple courtesy of a dishonorable judge.

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1  MUVA  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    2 months ago

It is a joke he is going against his own ruling I wonder who got to him maybe the guy that appointed him Obama the crooked is thy name.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  MUVA @1.1    2 months ago

He heard Obama's call to arms the other day. They don't go down easily, do they?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    2 months ago

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JohnRussell
2  JohnRussell    2 months ago
What has changed? Nothing. But Sullivan's ruling may be a reflection of his own abiding prejudice. In a hearing last year, he all but accused Flynn of treason, only to retract his words after a recess. He seems to have a feeble grasp of the facts in this important case.

The former Watergate prosecutors should be denied the opportunity to pursue their biased agenda in a court of law. Flynn has been victimized enough by corrupt and dishonest government officials.

Let these former prosecutors resurrect the ghost of Richard Nixon in a more-friendly forum: the Trump-hating media. These media organizations are sure to roll out the welcome mat.

It's always amusing to see Fox News lie spreaders like Gregg Jarrett bloviate about the bias and prejudice of others. 

Gregg Jarrett is about as far from an unbiased reporter as you can find in mainstream media. His nose is far up Trump's ass. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 months ago

If anybody wants to see bias, they've had plenty to see this week - a misrepresentation of the AG's statement by "Meet the Press", a misrepresentation of a coronavirus poll by CNN and three pro-Biden stories masquerading as news from the New York Times!

Instead of projecting, why not try and counter Jarrett's argument?

Or better still, try and counter Sidney Powell's argument!

 
 
 
Greg Jones
2.2  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 months ago

He was accused of making false statements to the FBI during an interview that was nothing more than a devious perjury trap designed to "get Flynn to lie." , The FBI was creating a crime, not investigating one.

A review ordered by Attorney General William Barr discovered that former FBI Director James Comey's agents and Robert Mueller's special counsel hit squad concealed vital exculpatory evidence from Flynn and his attorneys. The hidden documents showed that the retired general did not lie to FBI agents, despite his coerced guilty plea under threat.

It appears this type of illegal behavior is OK for some, as long as it's used against Trump. 

                                                                                                                                                                         

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It Is ME
3  It Is ME    2 months ago

Ya know you're "Screwed Again", when the Judge is going to allow "Third Party" BAD testimony, after he didn't allow "Third Party" GOOD testimony before. jrSmiley_98_smiley_image.gif

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Vic Eldred
3.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  It Is ME @3    2 months ago

Prosecution by "a third party"?

 
 
 
It Is ME
3.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    2 months ago
Prosecution by "a third party"?

Oh.....What the heck. They Just "LOVE" jrSmiley_93_smiley_image.jpg to keep the "Clown Show" going ! jrSmiley_24_smiley_image.gif

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Vic Eldred
3.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  It Is ME @3.1.1    2 months ago

They did it for 3 years!

 
 
 
It Is ME
3.1.3  It Is ME  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.2    2 months ago

Yippers !

And still going "Weak". jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.1.4  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  It Is ME @3.1.3    2 months ago

And please note that nobody can counter Jarrett's argument, Powell's call for precedent or the AG's decision which was based on the law!

 
 
 
It Is ME
3.1.5  It Is ME  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.4    2 months ago

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Vic Eldred
3.1.6  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  It Is ME @3.1.5    2 months ago

The left is handicapped by the inability to defend what Judge Sullivan's response to the DOJ dropping the charges.

They are reduced to calling people biased - PROJECTION at it's best!

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
3.1.7  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.4    2 months ago

which law was the Ag's attempted pardon moi' so to speak based, and or which precedent ? Cause it seems unprecedented, and the judge might think so as well. i've watched even pro Flynn people say it's an exception, not the rule..
The General LIED to Pence, or Pence is involved , which is it ? WHY do YOU want ANOTHER LIAR in our White House ? There are enough already !

The man LIED! Obama WARNED the LIAR TRUMP about Flynn being Dirty yet Trumpp appointed N E way ??, Flynn admitted as much, and you talkin point pathetix want to give him a pass....out ?

What were your thoughts about LYING before the Trump Presidency ? I've seen you demonize Obama and Clinton , while claiming THEY were LYING, but it's now OK , Cause WHY again ? TRUMP just LIED multiple times yesterday, yet not a peep out of the Trumpathetix...WHY is that ?

 the US has NOT done the most damn testing!

You CANNOT just get a test if you want one(unless infected and connected to the White Power House of LIARS)

Governors are only doing Great due to Trump...What an insecure mental midget masquerading as a 'man' with a plan to deceive and rob USA LL, while Trumpathetix cheer him on, in echo chambers of pseudo fantasy peculiar and rancy , total. BS can't see, a mystery Corona Novel authored by Virus ala Clancy, loving LIARS while despising Nancy, who says

'just say NO'  to the TREASONS, never in Seasons, and NEVER a justifiable REASON, yet Tumpathetix keep on appeasin and doin asz they pleasin

what the hell IS the reason ?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.1.8  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  igknorantzrulz @3.1.7    2 months ago
which law was the Ag's attempted pardon moi' so to speak based

18 U.S.C. § 1001(a)(2).

You know, the requirement that a statement to be not simply false, but “materially” false with respect to a matter under investigation


and or which precedent ?

You are conflating again. The precedent referred to involves Judge Sullivan's departure from precedent

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
3.1.9  Colour Me Free  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.6    2 months ago
The left is handicapped by the inability to defend what Judge Sullivan's response to the DOJ dropping the charges.

With all due respect Vic .. I beg to differ .. the left is rolling in it .. as the right is - simply opposite sides of the same aisle .. both think they are winning the argument..

As I commented before, after seeing the Page, Flynn and Papadopoulos 'saga' unfold I seriously question the FBI FISA etc ... yet the left DOES NOT in any way shape or form ..  Mueller 'was'  God 'like'- he kind of screwed them - but still (D)s proceeded with impeachment .. this Judge is the new God - for Pete's Vic .. the left even quoted Scaramucci .. freaked the fuck out when he went to work at the White House - yet when he turned anti Trump..... !!!

I sit 'somewhere' in the middle, too conservative to be a (D) yet to socially conscience to be an (R) ....the proverbial 'clowns to the left .. jokers to the right' ... : ) Haha!

 
 
 
Ronin2
3.1.10  Ronin2  replied to  igknorantzrulz @3.1.7    2 months ago
which law was the Ag's attempted pardon moi' so to speak based, and or which precedent ?

The AG didn't pardon anyone; but you already know that. Just another BS argument. The Justice Department no longer wishes to pursue the case against Flynn given the criminal acts of the Obama FBI and DOJ in falsifying documents; and entrapment.

i've watched even pro Flynn people say it's an exception, not the rule..
The General LIED to Pence, or Pence is involved , which is it ? WHY do YOU want ANOTHER LIAR in our White House ? There are enough already !

The man LIED! Obama WARNED the LIAR TRUMP about Flynn being Dirty yet Trumpp appointed N E way ??, Flynn admitted as much, and you talkin point pathetix want to give him a pass....out ?

What were your thoughts about LYING before the Trump Presidency ? I've seen you demonize Obama and Clinton , while claiming THEY were LYING, but it's now OK , Cause WHY again ? TRUMP just LIED multiple times yesterday, yet not a peep out of the Trumpathetix...WHY is that ?

You watched and still don't comprehend. Flynn will never work for the federal government again. Got it! But the treasonous awads in Obama's FBI, State Department, and Justice Department need to face justice. Whether you, or the rampant sycophants like it or not. At worse they will be facing prison time; at best they will suffer the same fate as Flynn, and never be allowed to work for the federal government again in any capacity.

You want liars start with Obama, Hillary, Yates, Comey and the rest and work your way backwards. A liar warning a liar about the criminal acts he is hiding against the Trump campaign and his future members of his administration. So why aren't you and the left calling out those lies. 

So we can replace the supposed criminal liar Trump, with new criminal liar Biden- who they can prove sat in on meetings with Obama and the rest discussing their illegal outing and secret investigations of the Trump campaign. That is suppose to be an improvement?

the US has NOT done the most damn testing!

By sheer number yes we have. We just have more damn people than most countries. As for per capita- no one else has close to the population we have.  Of course the left loves to believe North Korea and China, so no proof other than their word is needed.

https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/full-list-total-tests-for-covid-19

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1028731/covid19-tests-select-countries-worldwide/

You CANNOT just get a test if you want one(unless infected and connected to the White Power House of LIARS)

White House personnel, military, hospital workers, nursing home care givers, etc are all essential personnel. Of course the left knows this; and would bitch if they were not being tested. Sorry, the majority of the US population doesn't qualify as being essential. 

Governors are only doing Great due to Trump...What an insecure mental midget masquerading as a 'man' with a plan to deceive and rob USA LL, while Trumpathetix cheer him on, in echo chambers of pseudo fantasy peculiar and rancy , total. BS can't see, a mystery Corona Novel authored by Virus ala Clancy, loving LIARS while despising Nancy, who says

'just say NO'  to the TREASONS, never in Seasons, and NEVER a justifiable REASON, yet Tumpathetix keep on appeasin and doin asz they pleasin

what the hell IS the reason ?

While the left cheers on the morons like Whitless in Michigan- who went draconian in her response and tanked the Michigan economy. She also made sure laid off Michigan government workers were automatically registered for unemployment- when there are people that have been trying for weeks and haven't been able to thanks to her antiquated website, and lack of personnel to answer calls. Don't hear the left bitching her out for that. She is taking action against people protesting her; which is their right. But hey, Biden is considering her for VP thanks to her stupidity and Nazi ways. How about Cuomo, the mighty mental midget that ordered nursing homes to take people that tested positive for Covid-19 even though they couldn't care for them; and had no way to isolate them. Or Pelosi and the House Democrats holding up bills for aid in order to get their pet projects passed that have nothing to do with Covid-19. Such as increasing Union power; getting federal money for abortions; money for the arts; forcing carbon offset on airlines as well as increased fuel and emission standards. Never let a good crisis go to waste. No clean bills from the Democratic House, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."

But Trruuummmppppp!!!!!! Spew it somewhere else. 

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
3.1.11  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1.10    2 months ago

But Trruuummmppppp!!!!!! Spew it somewhere else. 

i'll state facts wherever i like,

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