Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Flynn Persecution: “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Update

 

Every time you think things cannot possibly get any nuttier in The Swamp, something like this comes up and you slowly and painfully realize there is just no bottom to the depths to which the creatures inhabiting that very dark place will go to get their prey, similar to the instincts of the dwellers of the real swamps of my home state, the alligator and the water moccasin. Here is a tweet from the amazing and doggedly aggressive Sidney Powell, Esq. Gen. Flynn’s new lawyer (Thank God!) remarking on an astonishing report by the prosecution of a “little” “mix-up” in identifying the authors of the reports of his infamous interview on which the entire prosecution was based:

#VanGrack just advised by letter that he got the authors of the raw notes backwards!! Since March 2018 when first disclosed! All the more reason to require originals of everything without redactions, handwriting samples, all 302s, audit trail, metadata-entire file!

Here is the letter from the US Attorney in charge of the prosecution persecution:

As Techno Fog puts it:

New letter to the Court from DOJ on the Flynn case.

They misidentified the FBI agents’ notes. 🤦‍♂️

Strzok’s notes are really Pientka’s notes, and Pientka’s notes are really Strzok’s notes.

OK! Got that?

As Scott Johnson puts it on PowerLine: “The mix-up may or may not be significant, but you have got to be kidding me.”

I can sum up my feelings quite simply: What in the world happened to what was the most highly respected law enforcement organization in the world up until the very recent past? The corruption is so vast and so deep it defies description.

Pathetic.

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There are 17 comments.

  1. OldPhil Coolidge

    See the source image

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    • November 7, 2019, at 11:57 AM PST
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  2. DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey Member

    I don’t understand. Is this a mutual underbus-throwing? Because I don’t see that it changes anything.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 11:59 AM PST
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  3. danok1 Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey (View Comment):

    I don’t understand. Is this a mutual underbus-throwing? Because I don’t see that it changes anything.

    I saw this a couple of days ago, so my memory’s a bit “off.” But this goes to opening up everything the government has been trying to keep from Flynn and Powell. The government is under a court order to provide any and all material that may exonerate Flynn to him, his lawyer, and the court. The government, of course, denies that there’s any of this so-called “Brady” material. I think Powell is using this fundamentally incredible mix-up to have the Court order the prosecutors to turn over everything. There’s reason to think the FBI, et. al., altered documents, committed perjury, etc., which all these documents would show (or not).

    In sum, Powell wants to show that the prosecutors and the FBI were so corrupt or incompetent that the case against Flynn must be dismissed. Ideally, she also wants Strozk, Page, etc., punished.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 12:11 PM PST
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  4. Jason Obermeyer Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey (View Comment):

    I don’t understand. Is this a mutual underbus-throwing? Because I don’t see that it changes anything.

    Part, but not all, of Sidney Powell’s argument was that Strozk lied when he said Pientka was the primary author of the 302 because the statements in the 302 lined up incredibly well with what had been identified by the government as Strozk’s notes. Now, the government is saying that they misidentified who wrote the notes in question, which undercuts the argument but makes the DOJ out to be incompetent. They are going for the “we’re incompetent but didn’t screw up the initial prosecution” angle. 

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    • November 7, 2019, at 12:38 PM PST
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  5. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Remember the judge hearing this case is the same judge who heard and overturned the verdict in the Ted Stevens case.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 12:44 PM PST
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  6. PHCheese Member

    I saw somewhere a handwritten form filled out by Strzok. The 302 were not mixed up. I have know idea the why of this new claim. I can only guess that the DOJ hopes the case is throw out on a technicality than show they are criminals.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 12:55 PM PST
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  7. Boney Cole Member

    Can Trump order the FBI to record all interviews and cease using the 302 form? I can’t understand how this processs has endured so long. It now appears that the FBI is willfully abusing the 302 process to frame am innocent person. It would be hard to believe this is the first time.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 1:45 PM PST
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  8. EHerring Coolidge

    I am reading Lee Smith’s book now and am in the section where they framed Flynn. Seems Flynn was going to clean up intelligence community and shrink it, costing many their jobs, so they fought back by destroying him.

    Also seems Flynn opposed the Iran deal and Obama feared he would undo it. Also, there was confusion over what sanctions they were referring to.

    reminds me of a great line from the Walter Matthau movie, Hopscotch… by Ned Beatty, “Now I know what FBI stands for, F*#@ing, Ballbusting, Imbeciles.” If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it for a fun two hours.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 2:04 PM PST
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  9. Jim George Member
    Jim George Post author

    danok1 (View Comment):
    I think Powell is using this fundamentally incredible mix-up to have the Court order the prosecutors to turn over everything. There’s reason to think the FBI, et. al., altered documents, committed perjury, etc., which all these documents would show (or not).

    @danok1 and @drewinwisconsin, anyone who reads and studies Sidney Powell’s most recent brief, assuming one is not one of the Trump Haters Kim Strassel writes about in her excellent recent book, has to come away with at least a suspicion that Lisa Page and Sztrok “invented” some phrases for the final report on which the prosecution was based which were not slightly different but diametrically opposed to the original. My reading left no doubt that this is exactly what occurred. For anyone who wants to take a look for themselves, here is the brief, and it is my feeling that the material around page 10, and especially footnote 9, leaves little doubt — none to me — that there were material alterations made in order to make it appear that Gen. Flynn made a false statement. It is equally clear to me that he did not, repeat not, make anything even faintly resembling a false statement about anything in that conversation. Any lawyers who were a part of those alterations should be permanently disbarred. 

    Sincerely, Jim

     

     

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    • November 7, 2019, at 3:11 PM PST
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  10. Boss Mongo Member

    This sheds some light, more on amending the 302s than mis-labeling them.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 4:53 PM PST
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  11. Jim George Member
    Jim George Post author

    @bossmongo, I saw that piece and what struck me was the heartfelt message of this veteran FBI agent mourning what Comey et al. have done to the organization he revered:

    I am physically nauseous as I type these words. I have long maintained that innocent mistakes were made and that the investigators at the center of this maelstrom were entitled to the benefit of the doubt.

    No more.

    They have tarnished the badge and forever stained an agency that deserved so much better from them. I am ashamed. The irreparable damage Comey’s team has done to the FBI will take a generation to reverse.

    We will never really know the damage these thugs have done to our institutions — all of them, not only the FBI and Justice Department. 

    Sincerely, Jim

     

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    • November 7, 2019, at 7:01 PM PST
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  12. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    EHerring (View Comment):
    I am reading Lee Smith’s book now

    Read it last week. The audio version. Detailed and he names the reporters who spread the lies.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 7:16 PM PST
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  13. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Jim George (View Comment):
    assuming one is not one of the Trump Haters Kim Strassel writes about in her excellent recent book,

    Read that , too.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 7:17 PM PST
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  14. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Jim George (View Comment):
    We will never really know the damage these thugs have done to our institutions — all of them, not only the FBI and Justice Department.

    My FBI agent daughter will visit this weekend. We will talk about this a bit. We don’t discuss politics but, in spite of her leaning left, she told me in September 2016 that she would NOT vote for Hillary. The FBI grapevine knew Hillary was dirty.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 7:19 PM PST
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  15. EHerring Coolidge

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    EHerring (View Comment):
    I am reading Lee Smith’s book now

    Read it last week. The audio version. Detailed and he names the reporters who spread the lies.

    My thought seeing those names is now we know the leakers and the reporters they leaked to. 

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    • November 7, 2019, at 7:40 PM PST
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  16. DonG Coolidge

    Jim George (View Comment):
    Any lawyers who were a part of those alterations should be permanently disbarred. 

    It seems the punishment for false statements is much higher than that. 3 years per incident is a starting point for negotiations.

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    • November 7, 2019, at 9:17 PM PST
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  17. colleenb Member

    Boney Cole (View Comment):

    Can Trump order the FBI to record all interviews and cease using the 302 form? I can’t understand how this processs has endured so long. It now appears that the FBI is willfully abusing the 302 process to frame am innocent person. It would be hard to believe this is the first time.

    Yes, yes, yes. I would have so much more respect for Director Wray if he would announce tomorrow that they were doing away with the 302 or, at least, recording interviews along with it. Does the FBI, when working with local law enforcement, actually say ‘don’t record’ because we don’t do that??? I can’t imagine any police force that doesn’t record everything these days.

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    • November 8, 2019, at 12:02 PM PST
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