June 8th, 2017

Andrew C. McCarthy on the Flynn investigation

Well worth reading.

Excerpt:

…[L]aw-enforcement is not supposed to subject a person to the processes of a criminal investigation absent a good faith belief that a crime may have occurred. It is abusive to interrogate people, not to uncover a reasonably suspected crime, but to create a new crime.

It is worth asking again: Why was General Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, “grilled” by FBI agents?

14 Responses to “Andrew C. McCarthy on the Flynn investigation”

  1. Griffin Says:

    This whole deal is like a witch hunt. Have a little something that looks bad and then start digging and digging and before you know it you’ve actually creating something. Really messed up.

  2. Cornhead Says:

    Because Hillary and the media told the FBI that the General was a Russian agent and the new Benedict Arnold. Pure political payback for Flynn leading a “lock her up” chant.

    Mueller better nail Power, Rice and Brennan. Karma.

  3. parker Says:

    Cornhead,

    Don’t bet more than a thin dime Mueller will nail anyone.

  4. John Guilfoyle Says:

    “Mueller better nail Power, Rice and Brennan.”

    Cornhead…I reckon Lynch & Clinton need to be in the dock too. And maybe the tall & useless leaks-like-a-sieve Comey.

  5. blert Says:

    Comey has just admitted to Congress he was the leaker, supreme.

  6. F Says:

    As I have already opined in another blog, Loretta Lynch might just be the biggest loser in the Comey testimony. We have known since the days of Robert Kennedy that the AG position is political, but Comey’s reminder by telling us that she asked him to refer to the Hillary investigation as a “matter,” not an “investigation,” illustrates just how political she was. AND, how convinced she was Hillary would win the election and she (Lynch) would continue as AG. It is a tremendous loss that we will never get any solid evidence of what she and Bill Clinton discussed.

  7. Ray Says:

    Well, wasn’t that how they prosecuted those dangerous criminals Scooter Libby and Martha Steward on obstruction of justice? When they sent Martha Steward to the big house I was so relieved they got her off the streets. I felt so much safer.
    Seriously, since Libby didn’t make Valerie Plame’s name public, he should not have been the subject of a prosecutor, whose aim seems have been to justify over two years of investigation in Washington D. C., with all of its perks, privileges, good restaurants, and plush accommodations.

  8. A_Nonny_Mouse Says:

    ” Why was General Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, “grilled” by FBI agents? ”

    * * * * * *
    Because they KNEW there was something to find. Trump WON, fer Gawd’s sake. THAT SIMPLY COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED IN A NORMAL UNIVERSE. Trump *HAD* to have won by chicanery, and everyone who works for him is thus, necessarily, ALSO involved in some kind of evildoing.

    “The Truth is Out There” (tagline for The X-Files). All the investigators had to do was find it. And I bet THEY ALL STILL BELIEVE THEY WILL FIND SOMETHING INCRIMINATING IF THEY KEEP ON DIGGING (because if they investigated any of the UniParty politicos with equal intensity, they would CERTAINLY find evidence of graft, corruption, malfeasance, … SOMETHING to hold over their heads
    to encourage proper “bipartisan cooperation” when the time is right. Think Chief Justice Roberts and his
    breathtaking “but we HAVE to find a way for ObamaCare to be Constitutional” ruling.)

  9. Xylourgos Says:

    ” Bring me the man, I will find you the crime” Lavrenty Beria

  10. The Other Chuck Says:

    Why was Flynn grilled? For crying out loud, because he took $67,000 from a Russian propaganda media outfit, RT, and another half million from the government of Turkey without disclosing it.
    “As a former military officer, you simply cannot take money from Russia, Turkey or anybody else,” Chaffetz, the committee chairman, said Tuesday after receiving a Pentagon briefing about what Flynn had disclosed about his Moscow trip. “And it appears as if he did take that money. It was inappropriate, and there are repercussions for a violation of law.”
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-flynn-lobbying-20170425-story.html

    I don’t care what former officials do to rake in extra cash, like Bob Dole making adds for Viagra, or whatever. But Flynn was appointed as Trump’s national security adviser and failed to tell anyone about $567,000 in cash from foreign governments that are at the very least unfriendly to this country?

    This man was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He takes money from Russians and you all think it’s a witch hunt? This is why I’m no longer a Republican. Partisan politics destroys all common sense.

  11. AesopFan Says:

    Xylourgos Says:
    June 10th, 2017 at 12:15 am
    ” Bring me the man, I will find you the crime” Lavrenty Beria
    * * *
    Somewhat akin to the observation that everyone in America commits three felonies a day.

    https://mic.com/articles/86797/8-ways-we-regularly-commit-felonies-without-realizing-it#.MpVmKgs0s

  12. AesopFan Says:

    The Other Chuck Says:
    June 10th, 2017 at 1:03 am
    Why was Flynn grilled? For crying out loud, because he took $67,000 from a Russian propaganda media outfit, RT, and another half million from the government of Turkey without disclosing it.
    * *
    .. so it’s a good thing Trump fired him.

    Re-read the article: they weren’t grilling him because of the RT event, but because of the Kislyak connection.

    “The government is not supposed to use its FISA surveillance authority to make criminal cases, yet it seems to have been more than willing to ignore that impediment to try to make a case on Flynn. As I’ve previously detailed, the Times report elaborates that the FBI did not just record Flynn’s communications and consult “Obama advisers” on the possibility of charging Flynn – a White House intrusion into law-enforcement that the media would have turned into Watergate if done by a Republican administration. The FBI is also said to have “grilled” Flynn about his communications with Kislyak. Given that the FBI recorded the communications and obviously doesn’t need Flynn to tell them what was said, any competent lawyer would have to wonder whether they “grilled” Flynn in the hope that he would lie about what was said, opening him up to a charge of false statements to investigators – a felony. ”

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/448394/comeytestimonywhyflynngrilledbyfbi

  13. The Other Chuck Says:

    AesopFan:
    they weren’t grilling him because of the RT event, but because of the Kislyak connection.

    According to McCarthy, probably both:
    It is now clear that, while these transactions are no doubt being scrutinized, what’s driving the train is a potential false statements charge, under Section 1001 of the federal penal code (a felony punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment).

    If the point is that the FBI has suddenly become an out of control police state appendage hell bent on creating the crime in order to nab an innocent target, well, duh. It has a long history of doing exactly that.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COINTELPRO

  14. Big Maq Says:

    “This man was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He takes money from Russians and you all think it’s a witch hunt? This is why I’m no longer a Republican. Partisan politics destroys all common sense. – Other Chuck

    Couldn’t have said this better.

    A great rule of thumb that folks ought to apply (honestly) is: would they take the same position if the names were replaced with someone from the other side, ceteris parabus?

    If we don’t, we quickly get into the circular argument that the “other side does it so why don’t we?” – each pointing to the other in a perpetual blue vs red team debate, with the participants losing all credibility and trust.

    Wouldn’t be a problem is only one or a few do it, but if everyone takes that approach, it will eventually destroy our system.

    Unfortunately, it seems more folks are in this mode than ever.

    But, perhaps I was just blind to how prevalent it always was.

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