Flynn's lawyer accuses prosecutors of suppressing exculpatory evidence and trying to extort guilty plea

Washington Examiner:
Michael Flynn’s lawyers on Friday claimed the Department of Justice had “affirmatively suppressed evidence” that “impugned their entire case” against Flynn while at the same time “putting excruciating pressure on him to enter his guilty plea and manipulating or controlling the press to their advantage to extort that plea.”

In a brief filed Friday at a federal court in Washington, the attorneys accused the Justice Department of “malevolent conduct,” demanded access to classified Trump-Russia information, and asked the court to hold the Justice Department’s prosecutors in contempt for concealing exculpatory information from their client.

The massive amount of material being requested could delay Flynn's sentencing, which was expected to occur this fall, and could shed light on the FBI's conduct of the investigation into the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Flynn's lawyers claimed that “the government continues to deny our request for security clearances” and that “there is other information relevant to the defense that is either classified or being suppressed by the government.”

Flynn’s attorney demanded access to documents related to both the FBI counterintelligence probe and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. “They continued to hide that exculpatory information for months — in direct contravention of this court’s order — and they continue to suppress exculpatory information to this day,” Flynn’s lawyers said Friday.

Flynn’s lawyers made a number of bold assertions, contending he was swept up in a conspiracy involving some combination of FBI informant Stefan Halper, NSA abuses, a criminal leak campaign related to his conversations with Kislyak, or an illegal operation involving government "unmasking" of the names of Americans caught up in surveillance of foreigners by U.S. spy agencies.

Flynn’s lawyers specifically focused on Flynn prosecutors Andrew Weissmann and Zainab Ahmad, claiming they were involved with Ohr at the DOJ when he worked with Steele “through his secret back-channel” after Steele was cut off by the FBI. Steele compiled his unverified dossier at the behest of the Clinton-funded opposition research firm Fusion GPS. Flynn’s lawyers alleged the second agent who interviewed Flynn with Strzok was also Ohr’s contact with the FBI and helped “pass along to the FBI the corrupted and false information from Ohr, Steele, and Fusion GPS.” Flynn’s lawyers demanded “all evidence of this circuitous and illicit operation.”

Flynn's attorneys said it is "imperative" they be allowed to see the information underpinning the investigation into Flynn in order to "evaluate the government’s allegations."
Virtually all of the Mueller cases brought in this matter were attempts to extort testimony against the President based on alleged process crims or other unrelated allegations.  Flynn appears to have been entrapped by unethical conduct by FBI agents and supervisors.  While his contacts with the Russian ambassador were entirely legal, these agents pushed a false narrative about a violation of the Logan Act which was intended to lead him to believe he violated the law.  The questioning was entirely a set up since they did not need Flynn's testimony because they already had a transcript of his conversations.

You can find a copy of the documents filed by Flynn's lawyers at Conservative Tree House.


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