Flynn case

Genral Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI. He later withdrew his plea as exculpatory evidence emerged. Flynn served in the U.S. Army for three decades. He also served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under President Barack Obama. However, he felt Obama was not pursuing terrorists aggressively enough. He was eventually fired.

He saw an opportunity to advocate for his views in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. A crowd favorite, Flynn was the warmup speaker for Trump on the campaign trail. When Trump won, he named Flynn his National Security Advisor. Flynn spent the transition planning an overhaul of national security strategy; his work continues to shape Trump’s policies.

The defeated campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed that Russian interference had cost her the election. Senior Obama administration officials also told the media that they believed Trump had colluded with Russia. They identified Flynn as a potential link to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and warned Trump’s transition team about him.

During the transition, Flynn had conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, among other foreign officials. Flynn urged Russia not to escalate its response to Obama administration sanctions for election interference, and explored the possibility that Russia might oppose an anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council that had Obama’s tacit blessing. These conversations were picked up by intelligence surveillance of the ambassador; they would later leak to the media, after officials — presumably, a senior official within the Obama administration — had “unmasked” Flynn’s name in the transcripts.

The FBI investigated Flynn, but found no evidence of any wrongdoing. The agency prepared to close the case, but senior officials decided to keep it open, ostensibly pursuing a theory that Flynn had violated the Logan Act, an obscure, centuries-old law that prohibits private citizens from conducting diplomacy, and which has never been prosecuted successfully.

In a fateful Oval Office meeting on Jan. 5, 2017, at which Obama’s senior national security officials were present, including then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-FBI Director James Comey discussed the investigation of Flynn. According to a memo later written by outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Obama told Comey to proceed with inquiries “by the book.” There is some dispute as to whether Biden suggested or discussed the possibility of using the Logan Act as a pretext.

Later that month, after Flynn had taken up his position at the White House, Comey sent FBI agents to interview him there, advising him not to bring counsel. Notes suppressed by the FBI but later revealed indicated that the FBI agents had discussed whether their purpose was to have him fired, or prosecuted. Flynn was not told that he was being investigated. He was asked about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. Agents later reported that they did not believe he was lying to them.

However, after the contents of the surveillance intercepts were leaked to the Washington Post, Flynn was accused of having lied, both to the FBI and to Vice President Mike Pence, who had defended Flynn several weeks before. By the second week of February, Flynn was forced to resign. He was later prosecuted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the inquiry into alleged “Russia collusion.” Flynn accepted a plea deal that required him to cooperate with the investigation, which he did; it later emerged that prosecutors had also pressured Flynn, ostensibly by threatening to prosecute his son as well.

Flynn’s sentencing was delayed while he continued cooperating with Mueller. But details of problems within the Mueller investigation began to emerge, such as the deep anti-Trump bias of senior FBI agent Peter Strzok. In a sentencing hearing, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan asked Flynn wished to withdraw his plea; Flynn declined. Sullivan had to apologize to Flynn after accusing him of betraying his country, apparently believing — incorrectly — that Flynn was accused of being a foreign agent.

Soon, however, Flynn obtained new defense counsel, replacing his lawyers from Covington & Burling with Sidney Powell. She believed that he had been framed, and portrayed him as a victim of a conspiracy by the outgoing Obama administration.

Flynn withdrew his guilty plea. Meanwhile, William Barr, who had taken over as Attorney General, prodded Mueller to release his findings. In March 2019, Barr revealed that Mueller had found no evidence whatsoever of “Russia collusion.”

Barr also brought in U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen to review the prosecution’s behavior in the Flynn case. Jensen found several irregularities, including exculpatory evidence that had not been provided to the evidence as required by law.

The Department of Justice soon asked to drop the prosecution. But Judge Sullivan refused. He suggested that Flynn might be prosecuted for criminal contempt of court for initially pleading guilty, and invited amicus briefs to make that argument. He also appointed retired Judge John Gleason, who had already publicly alleged a political conspiracy in the DOJ, to file a brief.

Powell, on Flynn’s behalf, appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for a writ of mandamus to force Judge Sullivan to drop the case. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the court agreed. But Sullivan appealed the decision to an en banc hearing of the entire court, and the earlier decision was overturned. The case returned to the trial court, where it still remains today. Judge Sullivan was accused of “prosecutor shopping,” waiting for a new administration to appoint new prosecutors to the case.

Many pundits on the left clung to the belief that Flynn was guilty, or that he was the beneficiary of political interference by Trump in the DOJ. On the right, however, Flynn was seen as an innocent man framed as part of the Democrats’ vendetta.

One of those who falsely accused Flynn was none other than Jake Sullivan, whom Joe Biden has named as his National Security Adviser. Having smeared Flynn with false allegations of Russia collusion, Sullivan stands ready to take his job.

Flynn’s finances were ruined by the prosecution, as well as his opportunity to serve in the Trump administration. He has, until now, been relatively silent about his opinions. On Wednesday, Flynn appeared to react to the pardon with a Bible verse:

The reference is to Jeremiah 1:19: “And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.”

It was not the exoneration Flynn might have wanted, nor will it make him whole, or silence his critics, or restore faith in the justice system. But to millions of Americans, Flynn’s pardon is, at long last, the least he deserved.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany released the following statement on Flynn’s pardon:

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Grant of Clemency granting a Full Pardon to General Michael T. Flynn. The President has pardoned General Flynn because he should never have been prosecuted. An independent review of General Flynn’s case by the Department of Justice—conducted by respected career professionals—supports this conclusion. In fact, the Department of Justice has firmly concluded that the charges against General Flynn should be dropped. This Full Pardon achieves that objective, finally bringing to an end the relentless, partisan pursuit of an innocent man.

General Flynn should not require a pardon. He is an innocent man. Even the FBI agents who interviewed General Flynn did not think he was lying. Multiple investigations have produced evidence establishing that General Flynn was the victim of partisan government officials engaged in a coordinated attempt to subvert the election of 2016. These individuals sought to prevent Donald Trump from being elected to the Presidency, to block him from assuming that office upon his election, to remove him from office after his inauguration, and to undermine his Administration at every turn.

The prosecution of General Flynn is yet another reminder of something that has long been clear: After the 2016 election, individuals within the outgoing administration refused to accept the choice the American people had made at the ballot box and worked to undermine the peaceful transition of power. These efforts were enabled by a complicit media that willingly published falsehoods and hid inconvenient facts from public view, including with respect to General Flynn. They amounted to a brazen assault on our democracy and a direct attack on our fundamental political values.

While today’s action sets right an injustice against an innocent man and an American hero, it should also serve as a reminder to all of us that we must remain vigilant over those in whom we place our trust and confidence. The people who sit atop our intelligence and law enforcement agencies have tremendous power to affect the lives of their fellow citizens. The American people must always take care to scrutinize their actions, to hold them accountable, and to ensure that they use their immense power to uphold the rule of law rather than to harass, persecute, and jail their political opponents in pursuit of partisan political agendas.

Happy Thanksgiving to General Flynn and his family, and thank you all for your great service to our Nation!

Source: Breitbart

Heberle, Robert

(b. 1984) An old Yale Law graduate, Obama-era hatchet man, and current acting Chief of the “Public Integrity Section” (PIS) of the Criminal Division of the Departmentknown for the prosecution of innocent Congressman Steve Stockman, convicted of fraud when both donors in his trial admitted that they were not defraudeddid not feel defrauded, and where all the government witnesses admitted there was no fraudulent scheme pushed upon those donors. Stockman is serving a ten-year prison sentence for fundraising crimes, even though by all accounts he did not take the money involved. Heberle started at the Department of Justice’s PIS in 2011 at the height of Obama’s power, and official crimes and executive branch reign of terror. In November 2020, the DOJ appointed Robert Heberle to investigate and prosecute (cover up) “election related” crimes. This followed in the wake of the very public resignation of the prior prosecutor who refused to follow the President’s agenda. Heberle and PIS are notorious for prosecuting conservatives and being hitmen for conservative politicians.

Heberle has been part of a DOJ Section – PIS – that is notorious for flawed political prosecutions, most notably that of former Senator Ted Stevens.  Stevens was ultimately exonerated by the Court prior to sentencing only because an internal FBI whistleblower came forward to say that critical witnesses were coerced, evidence of innocence was withheld, estimates used to indict Stevens were completely fabricated, and trial witnesses that were harmful to the government’s prosecution were flown out of the area to make them impossible to find. The crimes of this Section were so serious they caused former Attorney General Holder to immediately dismiss the case and order an internal investigation. That investigation about prosecutorial misconduct caused prosecutor Nicholas Marsh to commit suicide. DOJ has no qualms about using prosecutions to affect elections and outcomes. Taking out Sen. Stevens was critical to giving Democrats the 60th vote for Obamacare.

The “Public Integrity Section” that Heberle comes out of also engaged in the spurious prosecution fo Ron Paul staffers Jesse Benton and Dmitri Kesari, over paperwork crimes that came down to the manner in which they reported expenses on campaign finance forms, and whether it was accurate to classify a vendor payment as also enticing a sitting State Senator to change his political allegiance. Benton served probation and Kesari served 90 pointless days for that paperwork crime.

DOJ harassment of minor violations of campaign finance, and avoidance of any voter fraud prosecutions, shows they lack the “integrity” they purport to uphold, and that their intent is not to seek justice.  PIS is a modern-day inquisition to terrorize political enemies of the deep state. It doesn’t burn folks at the stake or break them on the wheel.  It destroys their lives, bankrupts them with crushing legal defense and, innocent or not, tosses them in jail and throws away the key.

Gateway Pundit General Counsel John Burns, who litigated against Heberle, had this to say about him: “I saw this worm up close, we all called him ‘Doogie Howser’ because of his unbridled ambition and his smug arrogance, I have no doubt he will see a promotion potential in covering up voter fraud and further persecuting conservatives. He got a little notch in his career from putting innocent people in prison for a decade and I have no doubt he’s going to keep doing the same, the man is the scum of the Earth. He’s deep state cancer. No doubt he looks up to Andrew Weissman, that sociopathic Torquemada, for inspiration.

Heberle’s Facebook makes him seem like a human being, with travel photos and family photos. His family and siblings are also in the public eye, with a sister pictured below who is a Dallas-area model, one sibling persecuting the public and the other entertaining the public.

Source: By Ben Wetmore via TGP

Obamagate

A controversy that refers to several scandals during President Barack Obama tenure, notably the misuse of government agencies, media manipulation, illegal wiretaping, and domestic spying on American citizens to harass political opponents and critics. By the election year of 2016, Obama officials vastly expanded the use of the foreign intelligence gathering apparatus as a weapon against domestic political opponents. In 2013, there were 9,600 FISA search queries involving 195 Americans. But in 2016, there are 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans.

With the release of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s first installment report, it became abundantly clear the Obama intelligence community attempted to whitewash crimes Hillary Clinton was accused of and to meddle in the outcome of America’s democratic processes.

Some have drawn parallels between Obamagate and the Watergate scandal of the 1970s; the FISA courts were created as a post-Watergate reform. Had the Watergate burglars been granted outside contractor access to the FISA database, it would make a closer comparison. In Watergate, Nixon turned to outside contractors, the Plumbers unit, after the FBI refused Nixon’s request to spy on political opponents; in Obamagate the FBI colluded with outside contractors, FusionGPS, to spy on Obama and DNC opponents. In Watergate, the CIA declined Nixon’s request to help cover up the crime by deceiving FBI investigators; in Obamagate, the CIA director masterminded the crime in collusion with the FBI and Department of Justice.1

2015 The Progressive Police State

What Nixon contemplated – misuse of the FBI and CIA against domestic opponents – but failed to accomplish yet was nevertheless forced from office, Obama achieved beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. The post-Watergate reform Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to supervise Executive Branch power was systematically and wantonly circumvented to harass political opponents in an attempt to dictate the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, and blackmail the winner with illegally gathered evidence should the Obama coterie of conspirators fail.

Obamagate timeline 2015 – the progressive police state documents how the Leftist authoritarian utopia under President Barack Obama was firmly in place to cover-up the crimes of Hillary Rodham Clinton, compromise whomever the 2016 GOP nominee would be, and rig the 2016 election for Hillary Clinton. This assault on American democracy is indisputable.

The origins of intelligence lures, FBI provocateurs or Spygate. Sally Yates terminates independent Inspector General oversight of the DOJ-National Security Division. Nellie Ohr hired as an FBI contractor to begin illegal FISA 702 surveillance on Michael Cohen and others. Papadopoulos set up.

Comey gives immunity to Clinton cronies who destroyed evidence under Congressional subpoena.

During a period of November 2015 through April 18, 2016, Justice Department political insiders and outside political contractors, including FusionGPS, accessed the NSA and FBI database using FISA-702(17) “About Queries”. They gathered information on political opposition of candidate Hillary Clinton, including Donald Trump campaign officials and affiliates. NSA Director Mike Rogers suspected illegal abuse and instructed the NSA compliance officer to conduct a full FISA audit. The NSA began querying DOJ and FBI activity.

The unlawfully obtained FISA intelligence information ended up with Fusion GPS. The key personnel in FusionGPS are husband and wife Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby. Mary Jacoby’s relationship with the Clintons’ goes back to the Rose Law Firm.

January 2016

CIA operative Eric Ciaramella, working in the White House, requested Ukrainian officials to re-open an investigation into Paul Manafort which the FBI had dismissed in 2014. The FBI under James Comey re-opened the investigation at the same time Ciaramella met with Ukrainian officials in the White House. Ciaramella later became the Adam Schiff’s alleged “whistleblower” in the Trump impeachment inquiry after the failure of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to produce sufficient evidence to remove President Trump from office in 2019.

  • 4 January. John Podesta emails Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, “Look forward to working with you to elect the first woman President of the United States,” Sandberg replies she was “thrilled” by the progress that Clinton was making.
  • 7 January. NSA Inspector General, George Ellard, released a report on NSA Controls & FISA compliance:

    “We identified another [redacted] queries that were performed outside the targeting authorization periods in [Executive Order] 12333 data, which is prohibited by the E.O. 12333 minimization procedures. We also identified queries performed using [United States Persons] selectors [phone numbers, emails] in [FISA Amendments Act of 2008] §702 upstream data, which is prohibited by the FAA §702 minimization procedures.”

    Material FISA abuses were routinely taking place. Following IG Ellard’s report, Adm. Mike Rogers implemented a tightening of internal rules at the NSA. By law, John Carlin of the DOJ-NSD should have informed the FISA court immediately of the results of the IG’s Report, but the court was not informed until NSA Dir. Adm. Mike Rogers personally told the court on October 23, 2016, two days after the Obama DOJ hoaxed the FISA court into granting FISA Title I authority over Carter Page, which then extended throughout the Trump transition well into the first year of Trump’s presidency.

  • 12 January. Christopher Steele emails Bruce Ohr:

    “I heard from Adam WALDMAN [a Deripaska lawyer/lobbyist] yesterday that OD [ Oleg Deripaska ] is applying for another official US visa ice [sic] APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation] business at the end of February.”

    Steele said Deripaska was being “encouraged by the Agency guys who told Adam [Waldman] that the USG [United States Government stance on [Deripaska] is softening.” Steele concluded: “A positive development it seems.” Steele also asked Ohr when he might be coming to London, or somewhere in Europe, “as I would be keen to meet up here and talk business.” Ohr replied warmly the same day and said he would likely travel to Europe, but not the U.K., at least twice in February.

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Weissmann, Andrew

A globalist, dirty American attorney (“Mueller’s pit bull”) who, in 2015 was the proverbial fox guarding the hen house as chief of the criminal fraud section of the U.S. Dept of Justice. He attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in 2016, and was one of several officials told by then-DOJ #4 Bruce Ohr prior to the DOJ obtaining a FISA surveillance warrant that the ‘Steele Dossier’ was opposition research connected to Clinton and might be biased. In June 2017, the avid anti-Trumper (as exposed by Judicial Watch FOIA requests of Weissmann texts) was appointed to a management role on the 2017 special counsel team of 16 (with zero republicans) headed by Robert Mueller and the chief architect of the failed coup to oust President Trump. Former head of the Enron Task Force, Weissmann was notorious for running rough-shod over everyone in his path.  He destroyed Arthur Andersen and its 85,000 jobs by indicting the company—only to have the case reversed by the Supreme Court nine to zip.  Then he turned his sights to Merrill Lynch executives.  He, Kathryn Ruemmler and Matthew Friedrich made up crimes, hid evidence, lied to the court and jury, and sent four innocent men to prison for up to a year on their concocted case.  Weissmann is famous for prosecutorial terror tactics like the pre-dawn raid on Paul Manafort’s home, adding charges of obstruction of justice, and finding various ways to impair a defendant’s ability to mount a defense.

According to investigative journalist Sara Carter, Weissmann has been busted for withholding evidence in a previous court case involving prosecution of organized crime, to put an extra thumb on the scale of justice in his own favor. Carter writes that:

  • In 1997 Andrew Weissmann was officially reprimanded by a judge in the Eastern District of New York for withholding evidence.
  • Weissmann was reported to the Department of Justice Inspector General and Senate Judiciary Committee for alleged “corrupt legal practices.”
  • A formal letter from U.S. Attorney Eastern District of New York Zachary Carter requested the judge to remove Weissman’s name, according to documents.
  • Civil rights and Criminal Defense Attorney David Schoen said Weissmann needs to be investigated for alleged past misconduct in court cases.

More specifically, Weissmann withheld evidence to a court that would have helped the other side in a criminal case, which is required by law. In that previous case:

Evidence suggested that Scarpa was involved in a personal relationship with his FBI handler, Lindley DeVecchio. DeVeccio, who was also a witness in a case connected to the Persico case. Weissmann had DeVecchio testify against Michael Sessa, a captain in the Colombo family, despite knowing DeVecchio was under investigation by the FBI for his relationship with Scarpa. Weissmann and his team failed disclose that to the courts and presented him as a solid witness in the case, according to Schoen and court documents.

Mafiosos may not be a sympathetic bunch, but the law is the law and Weissmann didn’t think it applied to him.

This, from a man gushingly portrayed in the New York Times last year as “fair.”

No, actually, Weissmann doesn’t really sound fair. According to the leftwing Daily Beast, in a piece published last August:

[Legal experts] believe [Weissmann’s] presence on Mueller’s team means the probe may push legal boundaries as it investigates alleged collusion between Trump and Russian interests.

Both The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway and former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell have exposed Weissmann’s reckless win-until-reversed modus operandi that has destroyed countless lives. Weissmann’s tactics sent four Merrill Lynch executives to prison, until a federal appellate court overturned their convictions and freed the men—but not before upending their lives.

As had of the Enron Task Force, Weissmann dealt the death penalty to the venerable accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP, which employed 85,000 people world-wide and represented approximately 2500 publicly-traded companies.  It even coerced a guilty plea out of Andersen partner David Duncan.

In a trial rife with prosecutorial misconduct obviously calculated to win at any cost, Weissmann helped rewrite crucial jury instructions defining the “crime” and the intent required.

Three years later, a unanimous Supreme Court reversed the conviction.  All the justices agreed that Andersen’s conduct was not a crime, and it was “shocking how little criminal culpability the jury instructions required.”

In plain English, Mr. Weissmann concocted a crime, destroyed a company and 85,000 jobs, spent millions of tax dollars, and obtained a wrongful conviction — all over a junk case that was thrown out of court and this guy didn’t care?

The prosecutors were so over-reaching that the judge even allowed Mr. Duncan to withdraw his guilty plea.

Weissmann ran the grand jury like a petty tyrant.  He instructed one defendant — who had appeared voluntarily — to share his “personal understanding” of a telephone call he had not even participated in, “whether his understanding was accurate or not.”  Then, Weissmann indicted him for perjury and obstruction of justice for his answer.

Determined to “send a message to Wall Street,” Weissmann supervised the prosecution of four Merrill Lynch executives on charges that were unprecedented. Like a character from the TV series The Blacklist, Weissmann himself often made multiple phone calls to lawyers for potential defense witnesses, threatening the indictment of anyone who might testify for the defense — including in-house legal counsel.

To top it off, Weissmann and team actually yellow-highlighted evidence that was favorable to the defense before the Barge trial, but hid it for six years while four Merrill executives served a year in prison on an indictment that failed to allege a crime as charged.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed 12 out of 14 counts of conviction, acquitted one defendant completely, and later held that the prosecutors “plainly suppressed evidence” favorable to the defense and provided misleading summaries instead.

Weissmann left the Enron Task Force amid escalating allegations of prosecutorial misconduct during the Enron Broadband case. No one seemed to notice what had happened to the victims, or that all of the cases they actually tried and at least two of the guilty pleas they coerced were reversed.

Twenty thousand people lost their jobs over a junk case that was thrown out of court and this guy didn’t care? Weissmann seems to have a history of dirty-cop tactics in his bid to make headlines, and it’s particularly relevant in the current case with Robert Mueller since it now involves withheld evidence, the evidence that the phony Steele dossier, paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign, and which the FBI knew was fake, was nevertheless the basis for a FISA warrant to spy on Trump advisor Carter Page, and with it, the entire Trump team, as Team Obama went wild with the unmaskings.

Further research into Weissmann’s role in the prosecution of Enron executives Jeffrey Skilling, Kenneth Lay, and Richard Causey (the “Enron case”) reveal a more startling and concerning possibility: that Weissmann improperly threatened witnesses. In that case, co-defendants Skilling, Lay, and Causey filed a joint motion to dismiss the criminal charges brought against them, arguing the Enron Task Force, which Weissmann joined in 2002 and headed from 2004 until his abrupt departure in July 2005, engaged in multiple incidents of prosecutorial misconduct.

While the original motion was filed under seal, the judge later released a redacted version of the court filing, which chronicled the claimed misconduct:

The above redactions and others found in the brief leave unknown the extent of the claimed prosecutorial misconduct. For instance, the defendants placed great emphasis on a threatening email from one of the government attorneys to an unnamed witness. Those redactions remain in place to this day, although the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals later outed Weissmann as the email’s author and Ken Rice as the witness allegedly threatened.

Notwithstanding the allegations of misconduct, the judge presiding over the Enron case denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the criminal charges. Significantly, though, the district court did not resolve the question of whether Weissmann had engaged in prosecutorial misconduct. Rather, the court stressed that a defendant’s due process rights are not violated “if the government’s actions do not affect the witness’s decision” to cooperate with a defendant. The court then focused on the question of whether the threats had silenced the witnesses.

In addressing this question, the district court highlighted the efforts it had taken to counter the prosecution’s conduct: The judge wrote letters to the attorneys for numerous potential witnesses, assuring the lawyers that their clients could meet with the Enron defendants without the government’s permission and that the government could not target witnesses for prosecution based on their cooperation with the defendants.

The court also questioned the attorneys of the allegedly threatened witnesses to determine if the government’s coercion had silenced their clients. After hearing this testimony, the court concluded that the defendants had not established that the government substantially interfered with the ability of defense counsel to interview the witnesses.

On appeal, the Fifth Circuit deferred to the lower court’s decision, stressing that the attorney representing Rice—the witness Weissmann allegedly threatened in an email—stated under oath that the “government’s communications played no part in Rice’s decision not to meet with Skilling.” However, after noting Weissmann’s excuse for sending the email—that he believed Rice’s attorney had a conflict of interest—the court stated that “Weissmann would have done well to have brought the issue to the court’s attention” instead of sending the note.

While this outcome ended matters for the Enron defendants, questions still remain concerning Weissmann’s conduct. What, exactly, did he say in the email? What other “communications” were involved? Did Weissmann approve of similar conduct by other agents? And how did the DOJ justify Weissmann’s conduct?

Or did the DOJ not approve of Weissmann’s conduct? Had the DOJ instead axed Weissmann as claims of prosecutorial misconduct against the government’s lead attorney continued to mount?

Weissmann’s abrupt resignation from his top spot on the Enron Task Force and his departure from the DOJ raise that possibility: Weissmann resigned from the task force in the middle of jury deliberations in another Enron-related prosecution. Also, Weissmann’s departure came following trial testimony from two witnesses that “based on discussions with the Task Force before their testimony, they both felt threatened by a possible indictment if they testified on behalf of the [Enron] defendants.”

Additionally, at that trial, the government elicited false testimony from Rice, the witness Weissmann purportedly threatened, which defense counsel was able to establish based on a video tape that contracted Rice’s testimony.

Weissmann’s resignation also came on the heels of the court’s order in the Enron case that directed the attorneys of clients who had pleaded guilty to any Enron-related charge to provide the defendants with all communications from members of the Enron Task Force addressing whether they should communicate with Skilling, Lay, and Causey, or their attorneys.

Weissmann’s conduct, even if it did not violate the defendants’ constitutional rights, may well have crossed ethical lines: An expert witness with nearly 40 years of experience trying criminal cases in state and federal courts, and who had argued seven cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, stated that “while he had seen prosecutorial misconduct in the past, in all his years of handling criminal cases he had never seen such “unfair pressures brought to bear on the adversary system in a single case.” The expert then specifically called out as an example the email Weissmann had authored.

Given Weissmann’s role in the politically charged special counsel investigation, reports that he improperly spoke with reporters about the Manafort investigation, and information indicating that Ohr updated Weissmann about the Steele dossier, it is imperative to know whether Weissmann also has a history of prosecutorial misconduct. That is why I asked a federal court in the Southern District of Texas to unseal and unredact the relevant court records.

There is both a common law and a First Amendment right to access such court records. While that right is not absolute, there are no countervailing reasons that justify the continued concealment of the facts surrounding the claims of prosecutorial misconduct.

It is unclear whether the U.S. attorney or DOJ will object to releasing the email and the related court filings in unredacted form. It is also unclear when the district court will rule on the motion. But until these records are released, the public has yet another reason to doubt the integrity of Mueller’s special counsel team.

Then there was the weird recusal of Judge Rudolph Contreras in the case against former NSC Advisor Michael Flynn described by Clarice Feldman here. She writes:

The only reason I can imagine why Judge Contreras was recused – note: did not recuse himself – is that he was a member of the FISC, the court that grants surveillance warrants under FISA.  As the evidence mounts that the warrant [to investigate Trump advisor Carter Page based on the tainted and phony contents of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s Steele dossier] was improperly granted, someone – perhaps the chief judge of the district – removed him from further participation in the case, likely because Contreras approved the warrant and its extension.  If the warrant was improperly issued, all the evidence it garnered is tainted.

As to why the agreed upon delay, Mueller probably wanted to wait until the inspector general report so that, in a sense, his hands would be clean if the case was dropped, that he was compelled by the record to do so.

On December 12 of 2017, Judge [Emmett] Sullivan issued a tough demand of the prosecution.  They are compelled immediately to turn over all exculpatory material in their possession to General Flynn.  The last paragraph of the order is particularly strong:

And here Weissmann has this history of not turning over exculpatory evidence to the extent that he has been blasted by other judges, even though the law tells him to do so. There’s also Weissmann’s willing to take down whole companies to get a collar as well. And according to the Daily Beast, there is Weissmann’s crony closeness to Obama’s lieutenants such as Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch from his Brooklyn prosecutor days. Does this sound like someone who’s fit for his job as dispassionate prosecutor in the nominally non-partisan Special Counsel’s office?

Attorneys and authors Gregg Jarrett and Sydney Powell were on the Sean Hannity radio show and discussed Mueller’s creepy prosecutor Weissmann and the corrupt Mueller investigation –

Powell referred to Weissmann from the early 2000’s.  She claims that he should never-ever be a prosecutor.  Documents uncovered from Techno Fog confirm this.  One attorney stated that Weissman threatened that speaking with a defendant “could get his client’s indicted”.

This is the kind of person the Robert Mueller invited on his team to “investigate” President Trump, an avid anti-Trumper as exposed by Judicial Watch FOIA requests of Weissmann texts. Weissmann, who was involved in the early stages of the fake Russia dossier, who was at Hillary’s inauguration party, was Mueller’s first choice. These crooks should die in prison!

Uranium One

Vadim Mikerin, director of Tenex, plea agreement shows that the Obama DOJ’s Fraud Section was then run by Andrew Weissmann.

The Justice Department instructs prosecutors that when Congress has given a federal offense its own conspiracy provision with a heightened punishment (as it has for money laundering, racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and other serious crimes), they may not charge a section 371 conspiracy. Section 371 is for less serious conspiracy cases. Using it for money laundering — which caps the sentence below Congress’s intent for that behavior — subverts federal law and signals to the court that the prosecutor does not regard the offense as major.

Yet, that is exactly what Rod Rosenstein’s office did, in a plea agreement his prosecutors co-signed with attorneys from the Justice Department’s Fraud Section. (See in The Hill’s report, the third document embedded at the bottom, titled “Mikerin Plea Deal.”) No RICO, no extortion, no fraud — and the plea agreement does not to mention any of the extortions in 2009 and 2010, before Committee on Foreign Investment in the US approved Rosatom’s acquisition of Uranium One. Mikerin just plead guilty to a nominal “money laundering” conspiracy charge, insulating him from a longer sentence. Thus, he got a term of only four years’ for a major national security crime.

Source: Uranium One bribery scandal

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Chronological History of Events Involving Andrew Weissmann

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FOIA: DOJ Records Show Weissmann, Other Mueller Henchmen Claimed to Have “Accidentally Wiped” at Least 31 Phones Used in Russia Probe

FOIA: DOJ Records Show Weissmann, Other Mueller Henchmen Claimed to Have “Accidentally Wiped” at Least 31 Phones Used in Russia Probe

Newly released DOJ records show “pitbull” Andrew Weissmann and multiple Mueller henchmen claiming to have “accidentally wiped” at least 31 phones used in the anti-Trump Russia probe. The documents were uncovered thanks to a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit. The phones were all conveniently wiped after the DOJ IG asked for the devices to be handed over — some phones wiped themselves, according to the DOJ! Newly released DOJ ...
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Leaked FOX News Internal Memo Refers to Hannity, John Solomon and Rudy Giuliani as “Disinformation”

Leaked FOX News Internal Memo Refers to Hannity, John Solomon and Rudy Giuliani as “Disinformation”

FOX News REALLY hates their audience. A leaked internal memo obtained by the far left Daily Beast and Law and Crime refers to Sean Hannity, John Solomon and Rudy Giuliani as “disinformation.” BREAKING: Fox News Internal Anti-Trump Dossier Leaks, Refers to Giuliani and Hannity as ‘Disinformation’ https://t.co/xpvBzjx8fD — Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 7, 2020 The 162-page memo, entitled “Ukraine, Disinformation, & the Trump Administration,” created by Bryan S. Murphy, slams Rudy Giuliani, ...
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Ex-Treasury Staffer Pleads Guilty in Court for Leaking Classified Info to Liberal Hack Reporters

Ex-Treasury Staffer Pleads Guilty in Court for Leaking Classified Info to Liberal Hack Reporters

The former US Treasury Department staffer accused of leaking confidential information to a reporter pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of conspiracy. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards admitted before Manhattan federal court Judge Gregory Woods to spilling secrets to a Buzzfeed reporter about the Mueller investigation and probes into Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Russian agent Maria Butina. The 41-year-old’s plea comes as she was approaching trial on ...
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DOJ Inspector General Horowitz Releases FISA Report

DOJ Inspector General Horowitz Releases FISA Report

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act report was publicly released on Monday 12/9/2019, concluding the FBI did mislead the FISA court to obtain warrants to spy on Trump campaign officials. The IG’s report of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into “Russian collusion” lays out incontrovertible evidence that the Bureau misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court through false information and omissions to surveil Trump campaign ...
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Waco Seige

79 Branch Davidians (men, women, and children) were massacred outside of Waco, Texas by the FBI and ATF after a 51-day stand-off. Contrary to the image of a dangerous gun nut put out in the media in an effort to justify the burning of the church, official ATF records prove that though certainly a false prophet of a religious cult, Koresch was rather harmless, so much so that the ATF agents invited him to go shooting with them just 9 days before they raided the church. Koresch supplied the ammunition. Thanks to the well researched film above, WACO: A New Revelation, the DOJ and FBI reversed their long-held position on Waco. Hillary Clinton, evidence shows, ordered the mass murders at Waco. Continue Reading…