Thread: Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI

BoytonBrother - 12/1/2017 at 04:28 PM

This is the 4th person connected to the Trump administration, and 1st White House official, that has been charged or convicted in this investigation. Where's there's smoke, there's fire folks. Time to stop worrying about your beef with liberals, and time to remove the traitors in Washington who are guilty of treason. That should come first before any personal beef.


jkeller - 12/1/2017 at 04:30 PM

According to several news reports, Flynn met with the Russians at the request of Donald Trump.

Hey, let's talk about Crooked Hillary!


IPowrie - 12/1/2017 at 04:34 PM

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According to several news reports, Flynn met with the Russians at the request of Donald Trump.

Hey, let's talk about Crooked Hillary!


Fox news website top post is.


BoytonBrother - 12/1/2017 at 04:40 PM

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According to several news reports, Flynn met with the Russians at the request of Donald Trump.


I've been watching Fox News all morning to see how they are reporting on it, and it was very surreal to hear their reporter acknowledge that Flynn named Trump as the mastermind. Unbelievable moment in our nation's history.


LeglizHemp - 12/1/2017 at 04:44 PM

boy, never saw this coming.


2112 - 12/1/2017 at 04:55 PM

They must have gotten some major information from him for them to agree to a plea bargain for just these charges. Trump better start exploring the possibility of pardoning himself again.


MartinD28 - 12/1/2017 at 05:08 PM

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According to several news reports, Flynn met with the Russians at the request of Donald Trump.

Hey, let's talk about Crooked Hillary!


Are we sure our former president born in Kenya didn't have something to do with taking Trump down? Trump should use the same PI's to check this out that he used to find "amazing things in Hawaii about Obama's birth", etc.


pops42 - 12/1/2017 at 05:44 PM

The wealthy got their tax break, trump is expendable now.


Muleman1994 - 12/1/2017 at 06:04 PM

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This is the 4th person connected to the Trump administration, and 1st White House official, that has been charged or convicted in this investigation. Where's there's smoke, there's fire folks. Time to stop worrying about your beef with liberals, and time to remove the traitors in Washington who are guilty of treason. That should come first before any personal beef.



Gen. Flynn agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

That is the exact reason President Trump fired him after less than a month as a member of the administration.

Lying to the FBI has nothing to do with Russian meddling in the 2016 election nor was any assertation made to that in the court filing. Every administration’s transition team since the 1950s has had high level meetings with the Russians. The accusation by the Democrats and the corrupt liberal media has been that Putin colluded with Donald Trump to steal the election.
Nothing to support that has ever been documented or proven.

No one has been charged with a crime in “this investigation” supposedly into Russian meddling.

No one has been convicted of anything in “this investigation” supposedly into Russian meddling.
Today’s activities do nothing more than give the far-left extremists and liberal hate groups an opportunity to mouth off with nothing as usual.




[Edited on 12/1/2017 by Muleman1994]


jkeller - 12/1/2017 at 06:11 PM

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This is the 4th person connected to the Trump administration, and 1st White House official, that has been charged or convicted in this investigation. Where's there's smoke, there's fire folks. Time to stop worrying about your beef with liberals, and time to remove the traitors in Washington who are guilty of treason. That should come first before any personal beef.



Gen. Flynn agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

That is the exact reason President Trump fired him after less than a month as a member of the administration.

Lying to the FBI has nothing to do with Russian meddling in the 2016 election nor was any assertation made to that in the court filing. Every administration’s transition team since President Eisenhower has had high level meetings with the Russians. The accusation by the Democrats and the corrupt liberal media has been that Putin colluded with Donald Trump to steal the election.
Nothing to support that has ever been documented or proven.

No one has been charged with a crime in “this investigation” supposedly into Russian meddling.

No one has been convicted of anything in “this investigation” supposedly into Russian meddling.
Today’s activities do nothing more than give the far-left extremists and liberal hate groups an opportunity to mouth off with nothing as usual.




Here is how a plea deal works. Flynn agreed to plead guilty to one charge than can be easily proven. In exchange for this deal, other charges will not be filed against him. In order to get this deal, he has to offer proof against someone higher up. Who is higher up, you may ask. Kushner, Trump Jr., Pence, Sessions and Trump. Now do you get it? No? Sad!


BrerRabbit - 12/1/2017 at 06:17 PM

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No one has been convicted of anything in “this investigation” supposedly into Russian meddling.
Today’s activities do nothing more than give the far-left extremists and liberal hate groups an opportunity to mouth off with nothing as usual.


Standard issue. Typical far right extremist dodge. Keeps trying to make the moderate left/right center mainstream seem far left of center, to lend credibility to his ultra right wing position.

Honestly I don't see how "Russian meddling" happened, or if it matters. If US voters are swayed by foreign propaganda that's their weakness.

The real issue here is Flynn is being honest, and doing the honorable thing. Immediately we see proponents of the administration close ranks and let the dogs tear Flynn up.

Looking forward to some answers, the "meddling" thing seems pretty silly - am curious to see what is really behind all this rotten smell.



[Edited on 12/1/2017 by BrerRabbit]


BoytonBrother - 12/1/2017 at 06:26 PM

Mule, you don't get it. Flynn is naming Trump as the person who ordered him, per Fox News. I was watching and heard it directly from the reporter. Time to forget about your beef with liberals.


BoytonBrother - 12/1/2017 at 06:35 PM

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Gen. Flynn agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

That is the exact reason President Trump fired him after less than a month as a member of the administration.


And the reason Obama fired him. Pretty stupid to rehire him again, don't ya think?

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Lying to the FBI has nothing to do with Russian meddling in the 2016 election nor was any assertation made to that in the court filing. Every administration’s transition team since the 1950s has had high level meetings with the Russians.


Says Muleman1994 on the Allman Brothers website. I think I'll wait to see what Mueller tells us instead.

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The accusation by the Democrats and the corrupt liberal media has been that Putin colluded with Donald Trump to steal the election.
Nothing to support that has ever been documented or proven.
No one has been charged with a crime in “this investigation” supposedly into Russian meddling.

No one has been convicted of anything in “this investigation” supposedly into Russian meddling.


This is true, but you sound like a robot short-circuiting with its head spinning around. Lord only knows why you bring that up, because it has nothing to do with how bad it is that Trump ordered Flynn to meet with a foreign country illegally, at any point in time. Is meeting with foreign countries illegally ok with you Mr. patriot?

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Today’s activities do nothing more than give the far-left extremists and liberal hate groups an opportunity to mouth off with nothing as usual.


What kind of patriotic American are you? You're ok with what Flynn and Trump did with Russia? You better watch that the FBI doesn't come to your home with all of your love and loyalty for foreign countries. You might want to side with America first.


Bhawk - 12/1/2017 at 07:33 PM

All roads lead to Jared.


KCJimmy - 12/1/2017 at 08:28 PM

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Mule, you don't get it. Flynn is naming Trump as the person who ordered him, per Fox News. I was watching and heard it directly from the reporter.
So what? No crime there. Now if he lies about it under oath that is a different story. A lot of you folks are going to be even more disappointed when this doesn't bring Trump down.

I would like to know who here really believes this investigation is going to end Trump's presidency?

Be fun to check back in a few years to see where it went! Of course Mueller may still be investigating.


BoytonBrother - 12/1/2017 at 08:59 PM

I'm not concerned about whether he is brought down. In an effort to appear stable and forward-moving, I prefer that we vote in a better representative in 3 years. As for bringing him down? You and I both know how he'll be remembered. He's already lost. Just look at him compared to the past Presidents of our lifetime. It speaks for itself.


jkeller - 12/1/2017 at 09:51 PM

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Mule, you don't get it. Flynn is naming Trump as the person who ordered him, per Fox News. I was watching and heard it directly from the reporter.
So what? No crime there. Now if he lies about it under oath that is a different story. A lot of you folks are going to be even more disappointed when this doesn't bring Trump down.

I would like to know who here really believes this investigation is going to end Trump's presidency?

Be fun to check back in a few years to see where it went! Of course Mueller may still be investigating.


Since the investigation is not over, I wouldn't claim victory yet. As I said, Flynn was only charged with one crime. If he was the end of it, he would have been charged with much more. This means that Flynn is cooperating and that means he has evidence against someone higher than him. Who would that be? Hillary Clinton?


Chain - 12/1/2017 at 10:10 PM

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I'm not concerned about whether he is brought down. In an effort to appear stable and forward-moving, I prefer that we vote in a better representative in 3 years. As for bringing him down? You and I both know how he'll be remembered. He's already lost. Just look at him compared to the past Presidents of our lifetime. It speaks for itself.


I share your thought....Trump is a better alternative then the ultra-right zealot Pence....We just need to vote both out of office. Besides, the Republicans who control the Senate and House will not impeach this group as they're now REALLY going to hold him in the palm of their hand rather than the reverse.

Of course this all changes if the Dems take control of the House and/or the Senate in 2018 (unlikely of course due to gerrymandering). If this occurs, all bets are off and little Don rides off into the sun set and starts monetizing his stranglehold over his supporters who, believe it or not, will continue to buy his con.

What would be nice is seeing Jared shuffled off to prison to join his father regardless of what happens to dear old daddy in law.

[Edited on 12/1/2017 by Chain]


KCJimmy - 12/1/2017 at 10:54 PM

So only Pops really believes Trump is going down as a result of this investigation? Safe to say most of you just WISH that would happen?


Muleman1994 - 12/1/2017 at 11:00 PM

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This is the 4th person connected to the Trump administration, and 1st White House official, that has been charged or convicted in this investigation. Where's there's smoke, there's fire folks. Time to stop worrying about your beef with liberals, and time to remove the traitors in Washington who are guilty of treason. That should come first before any personal beef.



Gen. Flynn agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

That is the exact reason President Trump fired him after less than a month as a member of the administration.

Lying to the FBI has nothing to do with Russian meddling in the 2016 election nor was any assertation made to that in the court filing. Every administration’s transition team since President Eisenhower has had high level meetings with the Russians. The accusation by the Democrats and the corrupt liberal media has been that Putin colluded with Donald Trump to steal the election.
Nothing to support that has ever been documented or proven.

No one has been charged with a crime in “this investigation” supposedly into Russian meddling.

No one has been convicted of anything in “this investigation” supposedly into Russian meddling.
Today’s activities do nothing more than give the far-left extremists and liberal hate groups an opportunity to mouth off with nothing as usual.




Here is how a plea deal works. Flynn agreed to plead guilty to one charge than can be easily proven. In exchange for this deal, other charges will not be filed against him. In order to get this deal, he has to offer proof against someone higher up. Who is higher up, you may ask. Kushner, Trump Jr., Pence, Sessions and Trump. Now do you get it? No? Sad!



Nothing of what you posted has been alleged.
What experience in the legal field are you calling upon to make your false statements?


Muleman1994 - 12/1/2017 at 11:01 PM

Gen. Flynn’s first contact with any Russians occurred in late December 2016, long after the election as documented by the Mueller investigation.

How exactly does that make him involved in the so-called Putin/Trump conspiracy to steal the election or any Russian meddling in the election as claimed by the Democrats and the far-left extremists?



BoytonBrother - 12/1/2017 at 11:05 PM

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How exactly does that make him involved in the so-called Putin/Trump conspiracy to steal the election or any Russian meddling in the election as claimed by the Democrats and the far-left extremists?


Hey genius, they moved on from that a long time ago, once the investigation started bringing 'em in. I think it's safe to say they are focused on Trump and Jared ordering Flynn to illegally meet with the Russians to discuss their position on the UN. That's obvious to everyone but you.


KCJimmy - 12/1/2017 at 11:34 PM

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How exactly does that make him involved in the so-called Putin/Trump conspiracy to steal the election or any Russian meddling in the election as claimed by the Democrats and the far-left extremists?


Hey genius, they moved on from that a long time ago, once the investigation started bringing 'em in. I think it's safe to say they are focused on Trump and Jared ordering Flynn to illegally meet with the Russians to discuss their position on the UN. That's obvious to everyone but you.
Hold on there smart guy, what was illegal about Flynn's phone call with the Russians? If you are so darn smart please tell us which laws that broke?


PhotoRon286 - 12/1/2017 at 11:59 PM

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How exactly does that make him involved in the so-called Putin/Trump conspiracy to steal the election or any Russian meddling in the election as claimed by the Democrats and the far-left extremists?


Hey genius, they moved on from that a long time ago, once the investigation started bringing 'em in. I think it's safe to say they are focused on Trump and Jared ordering Flynn to illegally meet with the Russians to discuss their position on the UN. That's obvious to everyone but you.
Hold on there smart guy, what was illegal about Flynn's phone call with the Russians? If you are so darn smart please tell us which laws that broke?


The Logan Act comes to mind.


BoytonBrother - 12/2/2017 at 12:30 AM

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Hold on there smart guy, what was illegal about Flynn's phone call with the Russians? If you are so darn smart please tell us which laws that broke?


I'll go with the one he pleaded guilty to today.


Bhawk - 12/2/2017 at 12:47 AM

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Hold on there smart guy, what was illegal about Flynn's phone call with the Russians?


Lying about it to the FBI, apparently.

Why lie if it was no big deal?


BrerRabbit - 12/2/2017 at 02:06 AM

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Why lie if it was no big deal?


Exactly. And especially Flynn stooping so low, when he seems like a stand up guy. What's he protecting, that he would back down from a lifetime of honorable service. Must be pretty big, bigger than "Russian meddling". And the inner circle tries to act like Flynn was alone in this, whatever it was, hanging their fallguy out to dry. What a great bunch of folks.


MartinD28 - 12/2/2017 at 02:19 AM

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Why lie if it was no big deal?


Exactly. And especially Flynn stooping so low, when he seems like a stand up guy. What's he protecting, that he would back down from a lifetime of honorable service. Must be pretty big, bigger than "Russian meddling". And the inner circle tries to act like Flynn was alone in this, whatever it was, hanging their fallguy out to dry. What a great bunch of folks.


Give Trumpco another day, and Flynn will described as nothing more than a coffee boy. Sound familiar? Just some guy that hung around for a while.


Chain - 12/2/2017 at 01:31 PM

It was comic gold watching Lou Dobbs trying to spin this recent Flynn development on his show last night. As predicted, Flynn being an "Obama administration hold-over" was highlighted whenever possible....At one point, I think Lou's over sized head nearly exploded.

Then my three minutes of tolerance for "Fox News spin" ended and my search for a replay of last week's Showtime show "Shameless" began in earnest.


Muleman1994 - 12/2/2017 at 02:36 PM

ABC news caught lying, issues “clarification” and then is forced to issue correction.
They lied on live TV in a “Special Report” but only admitted the lie on Twitter.

ABC News corrects its report about 'candidate' Trump and Flynn

ABC News issued a correction to a bombshell report Friday morning that initially claimed Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that he was instructed by then-"candidate" Donald Trump to contact Russian officials during the campaign.

But on Friday evening the network said the unnamed source “clarified” the information provided for the original story, saying it was during the post-election transition period – not during the campaign -- that president-elect Trump asked Flynn to reach out to Russia regarding “working jointly against ISIS” and to “repair relations.”

An ABC spokesperson told CNN it didn’t learn of the reporting error until around 6 p.m. Friday.

The network initially called the updated story a “clarification” on Twitter, before deleting the post and swapping it out with a formal correction, CNBC reported.

The shocking but erroneous initial report had a profound impact on the markets, causing the Dow Jones industrial average to plummet by more than 300 points in midday. (It later recovered somewhat to close about 40 points lower for the day.)

Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Trump, pleaded guilty on Friday to making false statements to the FBI – as part of a deal that calls for his full cooperation with investigators in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

According to the plea document, Flynn has agreed to “cooperate fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly” with the probe, with sentencing delayed until those efforts “have been completed.”

Link to actual Twitter admission included in below link.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/02/abc-news-corrects-its-report-abo ut-candidate-trump-and-flynn.html


BoytonBrother - 12/2/2017 at 03:55 PM

I was watching Fox News that whole morning, while he entered the building. When they were waiting for him to come back out after pleading guilty, the Fox News reporter, about 40-years old, blonde hair female, reported that Flynn named Trump as the one who gave the order. After she said that, she shrugged her shoulders, shook her head from side to side without saying anything, then finally said "this isn't good for the President." LOL. They were at a loss for words. They had no idea how to spin it at that point. I'm sure some emergency meetings were called, lol.


Chain - 12/2/2017 at 04:38 PM

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I was watching Fox News that whole morning, while he entered the building. When they were waiting for him to come back out after pleading guilty, the Fox News reporter, about 40-years old, blonde hair female, reported that Flynn named Trump as the one who gave the order. After she said that, she shrugged her shoulders, shook her head from side to side without saying anything, then finally said "this isn't good for the President." LOL. They were at a loss for words. They had no idea how to spin it at that point. I'm sure some emergency meetings were called, lol.


As I mentioned a moment ago, watching Lou Dobbs last night trying in very obvious desperation to spin this recent development was comical as hell. Between Flynn being an Obama hold over to Hillary's email scandal to the cost of this Mueller investigation being WAY out hand and with no oversight, etc... I watched his fake outrage with a bit of glee as he's so bad at acting the part even a ten year old can see through it.


BrerRabbit - 12/2/2017 at 09:13 PM

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...president-elect Trump asked Flynn to reach out to Russia regarding “working jointly against ISIS” and to “repair relations.”


So that rules out "Russian meddling", which you already proved was Obama's fault and also didn't occur anyway. Fine. The whole "meddling" thing is pretty dumb.

If it was just business-as-usual diplomatic talks, why would Flynn put his neck on the block and lie to the FBI? Why didn't he just say "Oh of course, that, no worries, it was ISIS matters and to repair relations" and end of story?





PhotoRon286 - 12/2/2017 at 11:21 PM

I'm sure this is another nothing burger......https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/02/us/russia-mcfarland-flynn-tr ump-emails.html

Any of you trump sucking clowns want fries with it?


[Edited on 12/2/2017 by PhotoRon286]


BoytonBrother - 12/3/2017 at 04:27 AM

Apparently, it's worth it to prove a point to liberals.


lukester420 - 12/3/2017 at 08:42 AM

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Hold on there smart guy, what was illegal about Flynn's phone call with the Russians? If you are so darn smart please tell us which laws that broke?


I'll go with the one he pleaded guilty to today.


Haha still waiting for the rebuttal from the wise and knowledgeable Trumpkins of the WP.


Muleman1994 - 12/3/2017 at 03:21 PM

President Trump asked Gen. Flynn to reach out to The Russians AFTER the election during the transition just like every administration since the 1950s has done.
There has been no assertion by the Mueller investigation otherwise.

The Putin/Trump conspiracy for steal the election is a far-left lie.


BrerRabbit - 12/3/2017 at 04:24 PM

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President Trump asked Gen. Flynn to reach out to The Russians AFTER the election during the transition just like every administration since the 1950s has done.


So that rules out "Russian meddling", which you already proved was Obama's fault and also didn't occur anyway. Fine. The whole "meddling" thing is pretty dumb.

If it was just business-as-usual diplomatic talks, why would Flynn put his neck on the block and lie to the FBI? Why didn't he just say "Oh of course, that, no worries, it was ISIS matters and to repair relations" and end of story?


BoytonBrother - 12/3/2017 at 06:11 PM

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President Trump asked Gen. Flynn to reach out to The Russians AFTER the election during the transition just like every administration since the 1950s has done.
There has been no assertion by the Mueller investigation otherwise.

The Putin/Trump conspiracy for steal the election is a far-left lie.


Agreed. The treason occurred AFTER the election and DURING the administration, so what’s the big deal? Muleman is right - there’s nothing wrong with illegally meeting with foreign countries if it happens DURING the administration. Duh!!


2112 - 12/4/2017 at 06:26 AM

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President Trump asked Gen. Flynn to reach out to The Russians AFTER the election during the transition just like every administration since the 1950s has done.
There has been no assertion by the Mueller investigation otherwise.

The Putin/Trump conspiracy for steal the election is a far-left lie.




Every incoming administration since the 1950s didn't ask another country to vote at the UN in a particular manner in direct opposition to the policy of the current sitting administration. Trump may have been the president elect, but he was not president yet. The country can only have one president at a time, and when ANYBODY makes a deal with another country in opposition to the current US policy, that is TREASON.


porkchopbob - 12/4/2017 at 04:00 PM

This is what happens when you have a President who doesn't understand the law. His ego was so quick to boast that he fired Flynn because of the Russians (only after Flynn brokered a deal of course) that he didn't understand the obstruction that implicates (it's no coincidence a lawyer is attempting to cover for his tweet). Breaking in to the Watergate wasn't what brought Nixon down (he may not have known about Liddy's actions until after the fact) it was deceit of the cover up. Clinton didn't incur impeachment proceeding because of his "relations", it was because he lied under oath attempting to cover it up.

I'm not saying this will bring Trump down, but the deceit is the bigger legal issue for him. Everyone knows Trump lies to boost his ego, but obstructing an investigation is pretty egregious.


KCJimmy - 12/4/2017 at 05:25 PM

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Hold on there smart guy, what was illegal about Flynn's phone call with the Russians? If you are so darn smart please tell us which laws that broke?


I'll go with the one he pleaded guilty to today.


Haha still waiting for the rebuttal from the wise and knowledgeable Trumpkins of the WP.
Wrong again Brainiac, still waiting for someone to explain what was illegal about the phone call. I'll tell you there was NOTHING illegal about the phone call. His crime was lying about it.

And with all due respect to my friends here the Logan Act, while amusing, is nothing more than the ticket the previous administration used to get this investigation started. No one has EVER been convicted under the Logan Act. Hillary will get elected to a third term before that happens.


porkchopbob - 12/4/2017 at 05:33 PM

Violation of The Logan Act is hard to prove. Nixon's violation of it in 1968 didn't really come to light until decades later. To paraphrase Willi Cicci, the family has a lot of buffers.


lukester420 - 12/4/2017 at 06:15 PM

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Hold on there smart guy, what was illegal about Flynn's phone call with the Russians? If you are so darn smart please tell us which laws that broke?


I'll go with the one he pleaded guilty to today.


Haha still waiting for the rebuttal from the wise and knowledgeable Trumpkins of the WP.
Wrong again Brainiac, still waiting for someone to explain what was illegal about the phone call. I'll tell you there was NOTHING illegal about the phone call. His crime was lying about it.

And with all due respect to my friends here the Logan Act, while amusing, is nothing more than the ticket the previous administration used to get this investigation started. No one has EVER been convicted under the Logan Act. Hillary will get elected to a third term before that happens.


Using all caps doesn’t make your opinions fact, but if your goal is to look childish, well played sir. And once again, why commit perjury if the phone call was on the up and up and not violating any ethical standards?

[Edited on 12/4/2017 by lukester420]


KCJimmy - 12/4/2017 at 08:45 PM

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Hold on there smart guy, what was illegal about Flynn's phone call with the Russians? If you are so darn smart please tell us which laws that broke?


I'll go with the one he pleaded guilty to today.


Haha still waiting for the rebuttal from the wise and knowledgeable Trumpkins of the WP.
Wrong again Brainiac, still waiting for someone to explain what was illegal about the phone call. I'll tell you there was NOTHING illegal about the phone call. His crime was lying about it.

And with all due respect to my friends here the Logan Act, while amusing, is nothing more than the ticket the previous administration used to get this investigation started. No one has EVER been convicted under the Logan Act. Hillary will get elected to a third term before that happens.


Using all caps doesn’t make your opinions fact, but if your goal is to look childish, well played sir. And once again, why commit perjury if the phone call was on the up and up and not violating any ethical standards?

[Edited on 12/4/2017 by lukester420]
Good question but lying to the FBI about the phone call does not make the phone call illegal. It just makes you susceptible to being charged for lying to the FBI.


Muleman1994 - 12/15/2017 at 09:50 PM

Judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court

(Reuters) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

According to a court filing, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, who presided over a Dec. 1 hearing where Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russia, will no longer handle the case.

Court spokeswoman Lisa Klem did not say why Contreras was recused, and added that the case was randomly reassigned.

Reuters could not immediately learn the reason for the recusal, or reach Contreras.
An attorney for Flynn declined to comment.

Now, Flynn’s sentencing will be overseen by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. Sullivan was appointed by former Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Flynn was the first member of Trump’s administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging probe into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Trump aides. Russia has denied meddling in the election and Trump has dismissed any suggestion of collusion.

Flynn has agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

A sentencing date has not yet been set, but the parties are due to return to court on February 1 for a status report hearing.

Contreras was appointed to the bench in 2012 by former Democratic President Barack Obama.
He was also appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in May 2016 for a term lasting through 2023.

That court issues warrants that allow Justice Department officials to wiretap individuals, a process that has been thrown into the spotlight amid the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election.

The most recent controversy related to FISA warrants involves Peter Strzok, a senior FBI agent who was removed from the Russia investigation for exchanging text messages with a colleague that expressed anti-Trump views.

At a hearing on Thursday at the House Judiciary Committee, Republican lawmaker Jim Jordan pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray on whether a former British spy’s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to Trump’s campaign and associates was used by Strzok to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Trump’s transition team.

Judge Sullivan previously served on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals under appointments by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, respectively.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-flynn/judge-presiding-o ver-michael-flynn-criminal-case-is-recused-court-idUSKBN1E202V



BrerRabbit - 12/16/2017 at 12:00 AM

So what?


Muleman1994 - 12/16/2017 at 01:25 AM

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So what?


You don't find it curious that the judge presiding over the Gen. Flynn case was abruptly pulled off the case by the court?


jkeller - 12/16/2017 at 01:38 AM

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So what?


You don't find it curious that the judge presiding over the Gen. Flynn case was abruptly pulled off the case by the court?



Judges are recused often for amny reasons, but it comes down to assuring an impartial judge. Example: A judge has an investment in a company that has an employee involved in the case.


2112 - 12/16/2017 at 02:18 AM

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You don't find it curious that the judge presiding over the Gen. Flynn case was abruptly pulled off the case by the court?



Judges are recused often for amny reasons, but it comes down to assuring an impartial judge. Example: A judge has an investment in a company that has an employee involved in the case.


Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. Does that someone mean he is guilty of something?

Besides, Flynn has already pleaded guilty. The judge isn't going to change that. Anyway you look at it, Flynn is a traitor to the US, who was appointed by Trump despite being warned.


Muleman1994 - 12/16/2017 at 02:41 AM

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You don't find it curious that the judge presiding over the Gen. Flynn case was abruptly pulled off the case by the court?



Judges are recused often for amny reasons, but it comes down to assuring an impartial judge. Example: A judge has an investment in a company that has an employee involved in the case.


No reason was given and in a high profile case that always brings suspicion.
Add in the fact that the pulled judge was an Obama appointee and the stench grows.
Gen. Flynn now has two major reasons to appeal and rulings.


BrerRabbit - 12/16/2017 at 02:54 AM

Yep and the new judge Sullivan was a Clinton appointee. Whoopdedoo.


jkeller - 12/16/2017 at 03:00 AM

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So what?


You don't find it curious that the judge presiding over the Gen. Flynn case was abruptly pulled off the case by the court?



Judges are recused often for amny reasons, but it comes down to assuring an impartial judge. Example: A judge has an investment in a company that has an employee involved in the case.


No reason was given and in a high profile case that always brings suspicion.
Add in the fact that the pulled judge was an Obama appointee and the stench grows.
Gen. Flynn now has two major reasons to appeal and rulings.




Yeah, a better choice would be Michael Spencer Peterson. You know, Trump's nominee who couldn't answer basic first year law school questions.


Muleman1994 - 12/16/2017 at 09:36 PM

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So what?


You don't find it curious that the judge presiding over the Gen. Flynn case was abruptly pulled off the case by the court?



Judges are recused often for amny reasons, but it comes down to assuring an impartial judge. Example: A judge has an investment in a company that has an employee involved in the case.


No reason was given and in a high profile case that always brings suspicion.
Add in the fact that the pulled judge was an Obama appointee and the stench grows.
Gen. Flynn now has two major reasons to appeal and rulings.




Yeah, a better choice would be Michael Spencer Peterson. You know, Trump's nominee who couldn't answer basic first year law school questions.



Which of course has nothing to do with the judge in the Gen. Flynn case being kicked to the curb.

Try again junior.




jkeller - 12/16/2017 at 11:20 PM

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So what?


You don't find it curious that the judge presiding over the Gen. Flynn case was abruptly pulled off the case by the court?



Judges are recused often for amny reasons, but it comes down to assuring an impartial judge. Example: A judge has an investment in a company that has an employee involved in the case.


No reason was given and in a high profile case that always brings suspicion.
Add in the fact that the pulled judge was an Obama appointee and the stench grows.
Gen. Flynn now has two major reasons to appeal and rulings.




Yeah, a better choice would be Michael Spencer Peterson. You know, Trump's nominee who couldn't answer basic first year law school questions.



Which of course has nothing to do with the judge in the Gen. Flynn case being kicked to the curb.

Try again junior.






So the judge recused himself. The trial will still go on. Nothing burger.


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