This And That

A Pardon for General Flynn

Finally an end to a disgraceful case of politicized prosecution.

President Trump’s decision Wednesday to pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn is an overdue act of justice that ends four years of political harassment, unjustified prosecution and judicial abuse.

The Flynn pardon was necessary—to correct a corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation, a rogue special counsel, an unprincipled federal judge, and an embarrassingly complicit media.

The FBI and Justice pursued him though they knew there was no basis for an investigation. They coerced a plea of lying to the FBI though the interviewing agents thought he was telling the truth. A later re-examination ordered by Attorney General Bill Barr found that Justice and the FBI had withheld exculpatory evidence. Former FBI director James Comey crowed about how the bureau took advantage of the unsuspecting Mr. Flynn and a trusting White House to have his agents interview him without courtesies normally extended to criminals.

Justice finally moved to dismiss the charges this year, but then federal Judge Emmet Sullivan opted for political revenge by refusing to agree to the dismissal. He even tried to investigate the case himself—an extraordinary intrusion by a court into the executive branch’s prosecutorial power. His obvious goal was to stall long enough for a Biden Administration to take power and reinstate the charges. What a disgraceful performance.

 

Turns out Judge Sullivan has been involved in several like cases:

Sullivan presided over the 2008 trial of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, who was convicted of seven felony ethics violations in October. During the trial, the judge refused requests by the defense for a mistrial to be declared, after information was revealed that the prosecution had withheld exculpatory Brady material.[5]

In 2014, Sullivan was presiding over a case, Judicial Watch v. IRS,[14] related to an ongoing investigation into the 2013 IRS controversy. There was a fruitless attempt to determine where the deleted emails of former IRS employee Lois Lerner had gone, what damage to her computer hard drive occurred, and what steps the IRS had taken to recover the information contained in the emails and on the hard drive.[15][16]

In 2015, Sullivan presided over a FOIA lawsuit involving the matter of Hillary Clinton’s private email use while Secretary of State.[17]

The O-Man

There’s no one who seems more captivated by the idea of Barack Obama as a historical figure on a quasi-spiritual mission than the 44th president himself.
He is back with his book in hand, ready to smite the idol and restore his people’s faith.

What happened to
 “I Do Think At A Certain Point You’ve Made Enough Money”

The Typical Republican
 
I read that The Typical Republican is:
an extremely dependable Republican voter is a white, solidly middle- class, evangelical, native-born high school graduate in his late 50s living in the rural South, most likely in the same town he grew up in.
 
Hmmm
I vote Republican, but I don’t share some of the Republican values
Yes, I am white
Yeah middle class
Decidedly not evangelical
Graduate degree
Isn’t all the south rural to those who live in the big cities. Aren’t Atlanta and Dallas really rural to New Yorkers?
I live close to where I grew up, but I have extensively traveled all the lower 48 states, visited the other two, and lived in four states two of which are on the west coast.
 
Guess I don’t qualify
 
Group Think
 
Mass communications have led to group think. Even 50 years ago, there was room for different ideas.
 
Trump’s Legacy
 
Donald Trump is likely to go down in history as one of the most effective and most despised one-term presidents in American politics. So despised was he by those opposed to him that even now they won’t admit his effectiveness. But until the Covid-19 crisis, which had much more to do with bringing him down than did Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Mr. Trump’s policies had vastly lowered unemployment rates, cut away entrepreneurially inhibiting financial regulations, and revved up the stock market. His enemies called him a racist, but his opportunity zones, prison reform and encouragement of black enterprise generally did much more for African-Americans than his African-American predecessor did. In foreign policy he cut America free from a badly conceived Iran deal, made substantial strides toward peace in the Middle East, and showed himself a greater friend to Israel than any American president in recent history.
 
That’s a lot, and it should have counted for a lot, had his rebarbative personality not served to negate these accomplishments. Almost daily he demonstrated he was devoid of graciousness. Without the suavity of the statesmen or the bonhomie of the practiced politician, in both his tweets and most of his public performances he revealed a taste for insult, an unrelenting boastfulness and arrogance, and a general coarseness.

One thought on “This And That”

  1. Flynn’s pardon was long overdue. I’m glad Trump finally did it before he exits.

    Just who comes up with these definitions of Republicans?

    Yeah I’m white, middle class. That’s about where it ends. I’m fact I know more blacks and Hispanics that voted Republican this election than did my white friends

    Evangelist? Hell, if I went into a church the roof would fall on me.
    Late 50’s. No add another 10 years.
    Some college, for what good it did.
    And rural America. Although NYC has become a third world shithole , it’s far from rural.
    But then again democrats do stereotype.
    If you vote Republican, you a’int black.

    Think the last four years we’re bad. Hang on
    “Joe has a plan !!”

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