Most people don't have the financial resources to mount an effective defense; Michael Flynn is just such a person. Flynn sold his Northern Virginia home to offset his legal expenses, meaning that he was tapped out. Someone in his position didn't have a lot of moves, so he pleads out on the charge of lying to the FBI because he didn't have the resources to win against federal prosecutors with vast resources. But did his plea mean he was actually guilty? Judge Andrew Napolitano says no.
"So Mike Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI in December. The judge before whom he pleads guilty takes himself off the case. Why? Because that judge is also on the FISA court... he may very well have authorized the wiretap that surveilled Mike Flynn when he was talking to then Ambassador Kislyak, which is the alleged lie that he told the FBI about,” Napolitano said Tuesday on Fox. The FBI took this course of action because partisans like Peter Strzok influenced them to do so.
“Then the [new] judge on his own, not in response to any application from General Flynn’s lawyers say, ‘By the way, I want all exculpatory evidence, evidence that could help Flynn or hurt the government turned over,'” Napolitano said. “Why would he we want that after General Flynn has already pleaded guilty? That is unheard of. He must suspect a defect in the guilty plea. Meaning, he must have reason to believe that General Flynn pleaded guilty for some reason other than guilt." If the government sat on exculpatory evidence, the whole deal might be thrown out.
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