National Security Adviser Michael Flynn arrives in the east Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, for a news conference with President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. . (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn sure knew what he was doing when he fired his legal team and hired Sidney Powell to represent him last December.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Powell accused prosecutors of “egregious misconduct” and “hiding exculpatory information.” My colleague, Bonchie, posted on this story here.
Specifically, she revealed the existence a DOJ memo, dated January 30, 2017, which exonerates Flynn of colluding with the Russians. Investigative journalist Sara Carter said this document is “currently under protective order and Powell is working with prosecutors to get it disclosed.” And this memo is only part of the Brady material Powell is demanding.
The date of this memo is especially relevant because, as stated in former FBI Director James Comey’s memo written immediately after his February 14th Oval Office meeting with the President, Trump asked him to end the investigation into Flynn. Trump’s words to Comey, according to his memo, were “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” Comey used these remarks as the basis for his obstruction of justice case against Trump.
Further, it was also revealed at Tuesday’s hearing that, at the same time, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had advised that Flynn had not violated the Logan Act.
Worse still, on Wednesday night, Fox News‘ Catherine Herridge reported the existence of a letter from the British government “disavowing” dossier author Christopher Steele. This letter, which said Steele was untrustworthy, was allegedly sent to Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice and to the incoming national security team during the transition. It is among the 40 documents Flynn’s lawyer, Sidney Powell, believes may contain exculpatory evidence and for which she has filed a motion to obtain. If Susan Rice had indeed received this letter, it’s highly likely that Comey would have been apprised of it.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who led the House investigation in 2017-2018 into Russian collusion as the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Hannity last night and confirmed the existence of this letter.
So, during this pivotal meeting on February 14, 2017, Comey was likely aware of three crucial pieces of information. He knew that Flynn had been cleared of both colluding with Russians and of Logan Act violations. And he probably knew that the British government considered Steele to be untrustworthy. Yet he withheld this information from the President. Most importantly, knowing this, he opened an obstruction case against Trump.
After Trump fired Comey, he gave copies of his memos to his professor friend (who conveniently had a security clearance as I posted here), with instructions to leak them to the New York Times. He hoped this would trigger the appointment of a special counsel to invest Trump for obstruction of justice. And he was not disappointed.
(Note: New documents obtained by Judicial Watch on Wednesday discuss DOJ officials’ behind the scenes efforts to spin the New York Times‘ report that Rod Rosenstein had discussed wearing a wire to record President Trump to gain evidence for possibly invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. In those documents, DOJ officials allegedly discuss three ways to oust Trump from office, one of which was the appointment of a special counsel. I will cover this separately in a later post. I feel breathless, kind of like Rachel Maddow.)