Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn

It is critically important to understand the crime that Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to on December 1.

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to “lying” to the FBI four days after Trump became president. The FBI, then led by James Comey, knew they had the “goods” on Michael Flynn from the fourth day of Flynn’s tenure as National Security Advisor.

By January 24, the FBI agents had in their possession secret transcripts provided by the National Security Agency of two phone calls that Flynn had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak following Trump’s victory in the November 2016 elections.

Flynn pleaded guilty to not having told the whole truth about these two calls during his voluntary interview with FBI agents on January 24.

The first of the two calls was on Dec. 22, 2016. Flynn asked Kislyak if the Russians would consider voting no or delaying a UN vote on a resolution that condemned the Israeli West Bank settlements. Israel was enraged about the resolution and Obama had planned to have the U.S. abstain. Trump, during the campaign, had vowed to adopt a more “pro-Israel” stance upon assuming the White House.

The other call between Flynn and Ambassador Kisilyak came on December 29, 2016. The day before, President Obama had signed an executive order imposing new sanctions on Russia and expelling a large contingent of diplomats as punishment for Russia’s purported “meddling” in the U.S. elections. Flynn, according to his guilty plea, called the “Russian Ambassador and requested that Russia not escalate the situation and only respond to the U.S. Sanctions in a reciprocal manner.”

That’s it. This obviously proves nothing about Russia “interfering” or influencing the outcome of the 2016 election campaign.

These facts matter because of the false media propaganda misleading the public. Flynn, a loathsome instigator of war against Iran, is out of money. Unlike Kushner and the other super-wealthy members of the Trump entourage, he cannot afford the millions in dollars for a legal defense against the Mueller investigation. He also probably committed other acts in his role as a paid lobbyist on behalf of Turkey that could have sent him to prison for many years. So he pleaded out to a throw-away charge that ensnares many people who don’t tell “the whole truth” when being interrogated by FBI agents.

Mueller doesn’t have facts proving Russian interference in the elections on behalf of Trump. So he is instead using the tried and true tactic of the intelligence services and police: Get people in their grip and threaten them with decades in prison. Compel these people to offer up names of others who “did something” so they can be indicted as well. This makes for good headlines, seems like “proof” that the Russia investigation is “getting somewhere” and allows the anti-Russia witch-hunt driven by the Pentagon and surveillance state and corporate-owned media to keep gathering steam.

Meanwhile the liberals connected to the Democrat Party, who are by far the politically dumbest part of the population, play the role of cheerleaders for the FBI – the same institution that they used to hate and fear.

The facts

So for people who want to stand up and speak out against this charade, it is important to rely on the actual facts. We should know them by heart:

1) Flynn did not accurately tell the FBI agents about the content of two phone calls that have nothing at all to do with alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

2) Flynn called the Russian Ambassador on December 22 on behalf of a stance adopted by the Israeli government, and rejected by Russia, opposing a UN Resolution condemning illegal settlements in the West Bank.

3) A few days later, on December 29, the same day that the New York Times reported that Obama’s decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats and their families and closing down two Russian-owned properties “appeared intended to box in President-elect Trump, who will now have to decide whether to lift the sanctions on Russian intelligence agencies when he takes office next month,” Flynn called the Russian Ambassador and appealed to Russia to not “escalate the situation and only respond to the U.S. Sanctions in a reciprocal manner.”

The investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election was initiated by James Comey and the FBI in July 2016. Eighteen months later, there has not been one conclusive piece of evidence offered to prove that assertion. Underneath the investigation is the fundamental political objective of the campaign: to demonize and target Russia and justify a new Cold War and the ever increasing expansion of the military intelligence complex and U.S. intelligence agencies.