The collapsing case against Michael Flynn, who has moved to withdraw his guilty plea for lying to the FBI in 2017, has proved to expose the Obama-era Justice Department’s abuse of power, according to the New York Post.
In an editorial, the news outlet pointed to news that federal prosecutors last week backed down from their demand that the retired general and former national security adviser serve jail time — and that they wouldn’t oppose probation.
Though the editorial board chastised Flynn’s paid 2015 speech in Moscow and pre-White House lobbying work for Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it wrote “that doesn’t excuse these ambushes by Justice Department professionals” that led to a “phony controversy” forcing Flynn from office.
According to the editors, the FBI had long ago found nothing illicit in conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and that a grilling by FBI agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka was just a “fishing expedition.”
“But then FBI lawyer Lisa Page (Strzok’s mistress at the time) instructed them to alter their official writeup of the conversation to say otherwise,” the editorial stated. “And that’s the entire basis of the charges against him.”
“This wasn’t even the only abuse of power here,” the editorial stated.
“Before the inauguration, [then national security adviser] Susan Rice ensured that the fact of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak would leak to the media. Then holdover Justice official Sally Yates talked up ridiculous charges that he’d violated the never-enforced, and plainly irrelevant, Logan Act,” the editorial charged.
Flynn’s lawyers have raised allegations of government misconduct, which a judge has rejected. Their request to withdraw Flynn’s guilty plea is pending.
Flynn is due to be sentenced Feb. 27.
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