President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will have to wait at least 90 days for justice.
Flynn was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday on his guilty plea to a charge of lying to the FBI in its probe of alleged collusion between the Trump presidential election campaign and Russia in 2016.
However, this case is now on hold until a hearing March 13. Rather than lock him up at that time, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan should set Flynn free and throw out the charge Flynn pleaded guilty to.
According to redacted FBI notes released Monday, retired Army Lt. Gen. Flynn appears to have spoken falsely about two very specific matters that he discussed with then-Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak.
The first issue was the Kremlin’s possible reaction to President Obama’s expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The second was a United Nations vote on Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
While Flynn’s answers on January 24, 2017 to his FBI interlocutors (the disgraced, Trump-loathing Peter Strzok and another unnamed agent) were incorrect, Flynn seemed to have nothing to hide from the agents.
According to the FBI notes, Flynn spoke openly about his contacts with Russian officials, starting with a 2013 official visit to Russia while he was in the Army and directed the Defense Intelligence Agency.