In an interview on Fox News on Tuesday night, Rudy Giuliani said that it was a shame what had been done to retired three-star Army General Michael Flynn by the special counsel’s office. On the day that Robert Mueller unveiled his sentencing recommendations for Flynn, Giuliani suggested that Flynn should have never been charged with a crime to begin with, considering that his supposed offenses were no more serious than “spitting on the sidewalk.”
That evening, Mueller’s office filed with the court a sentencing memorandum asking for leniency on Flynn’s behalf, as they credited him with providing “substantial” assistance to investigators. This left the media breathless, but a closer look at the memo reveals that the assistance Flynn provided had little or nothing to do with President Trump or any so-called collusion case. Instead, Mueller praised Flynn for helping out a completely different prosecutor on a completely different case, and for being forthright and honest about the transition team’s conversations with the Russians in December 2016.
It was one of those conversations, of course, that got Flynn in hot water to begin with. When he apparently told Vice President Mike Pence that he’d never discussed lifting Russian sanctions with ambassador Sergei Kislyak, then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates told White House officials that he was leaving himself open to blackmail. This led President Trump to eventually fire Mueller, and it put the FBI on the general’s trail.
Still it remains, however, that we have both James Comey and Andrew McCabe saying, in sworn testimony, that their agents detected no dishonesty in their interviews with Flynn. Which makes it all the more puzzling that Mueller would later charge Flynn with lying to investigators. Something is fishy when it comes to this whole thing, and we hope there comes a day when an independent watchdog looks into the tactics used by this rogue prosecutor.
“They are sick puppies,” Giuliani said of the Mueller team. “This whole thing started as an orchestrated attempt to take the president out of office as an insurance policy.”