Mueller’s Probe: Everyone Expected Lightning Over the Mississippi, All They Got Was Thunder Over the Creek
USA – December 5, 2018
Amid a new round of reports and rumors that Mueller is preparing to tell us something big, the Flynn sentencing memo released yesterday makes clear that the Special Counsel isn’t ready to show all his cards or is just trying to hide something from the public view.
On Tuesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a sentencing memo and a heavily redacted sentencing supplement for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
“The defendant provided firsthand information about the content and context of interactions between the transition team and Russian government officials,” the memo addendum reads. “For example, after the election, the defendant communicated with the Russian ambassador to the United States as a representative of the transition team on two sensitive matters: a United Nations Security Council vote on a resolution calling for Israel to cease settlement activities in Palestinian territory and the Obama Administration’s imposition of sanctions and other measures on Russia for interfering in the 2016 election. Several senior members of the transition team publicly repeated false information conveyed to them by the defendant about communications between him and the Russian ambassador regarding the sanctions.
“The defendant also provided useful information concerning…” but Mueller then redacted the following two paragraphs and it seem that we’ll never know “what useful information” Flynn has provided.
Well, indeed - links between Russia and the Trump campaign are finally exposed. Individuals in the Presidential Transition Team communicated with the Russian ambassador to the United States, trying to force Russia to vote against a resolution in the United Nations Security Council, which Russia declined to do.
But what is Mueller trying to hide from the public view redacting court documents? Obviously that his style has not changed much from the time of the investigation regarding former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who was also accused in “illegal interactions” with so-called “pro-Russian figures” during the 2016 campaign, as USA Really wrote.
Interestingly, one of those “pro-Russian figures” was Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud. No evidence was provided to back up claims of Mifsud’s ties to Russia, but this “agent of the Russian government” does have extensive ties to Western intelligence.
Another example of UK incompetence or complicity? Here is Joseph Mifsud a year after I notified the FBI that he was a “suspected Russian agent” with none other than the British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson. Strange that a “Russian agent” gets such access to the top in the UK. pic.twitter.com/39J4PKv7RF— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) October 14, 2018
In Papadopoulos’ case, Special Counsel has also classified documents containing important evidence. However, according to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), congressmen have viewed those classified documents and found out that the papers contain exculpatory evidence that undermines the pretext of the investigation of alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“All of the documents they are seeking -- seeking to declassify - I have seen them. I can tell you as a former federal prosecutor it wouldn't expose national security information. It would expose certain folks at the Obama Justice Department and FBI and their actions and actions taken to conceal certain information,” Ratcliffe told in his interview to Fox News on Oct. 14
“The FBI has another piece of evidence that goes against that they would present both sides of the coin to evaluate the weight and sufficiency of the evidence. Instead, what happened here, the Department of Justice and FBI officials in October of 2016 only presented to the court the evidence that made the government's case get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate.”
In the sentencing memo the Special Counsel praises Flynn’s assistance as “substantial,” writing that a “sentence that does not impose a term of incarceration” for him would be “appropriate and warranted.”
“His early cooperation was particularly valuable,” Mueller writes, “because he was one of the few people with long-term and firsthand insight regarding events and issues under investigation by the SCO” (special counsel’s office).
Mueller adds that Flynn’s decision to cooperate “likely affected the decisions of related first-hand witnesses to be forthcoming with the SCO and cooperate”— and redacts the sentence that follows.
Mueller is so happy with Flynn’s cooperation that recommended no prison time for him.
But what about “Russian interference in the 2016 election” mentioned in the memo addendum? No surprise here – there’s nothing again.
Moreover, the former member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has begun to speak.
Matthew Dunlap, Democrat, Secretary of State of Maine worked on a special commission – now disbanded – that President Trump formed in the wake of the 2016 election to root out voter fraud.
Dunlap said that commission’s work confirmed that there was no proven fraud. Maine’s top election official, said in November that no voting systems were compromised amid allegations of foreign meddling in 2016, and there was no evidence that any votes were changed by hackers from outside, Portland Press Herald wrote.
“No votes were changed in 2016,” Dunlap said. “Outside forces were not attacking elections in 2016. However he added, “They were attacking the way people thought. That’s pretty clear now, they were trying to influence public opinion.”