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Pierce writes: "Robert Mueller is clearly immortalizing his work against any White House shenanigans."

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed new paperwork in the case of former national security adviser Mike Flynn. He has been cooperating with investigators since pleading guilty last year. (photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed new paperwork in the case of former national security adviser Mike Flynn. He has been cooperating with investigators since pleading guilty last year. (photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Michael Flynn Has Been Singing the Full Score of a German Opera

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

05 December 18

Robert Mueller is clearly immortalizing his work against any White House shenanigans.

don't have a lot to add to the commentary already swirling concerning the interesting collection of minimalist art submitted by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday night in the matter of Michael Flynn. There hasn't been so much speculation and rumor and interpretation of a series of black lines on a white background since the last time Frank Stella doodled on a placemat at Arby's.

The clear implication of what Mueller released on Tuesday is that Michael Flynn has been singing the full score of a German opera to whoever will listen to him ever since he first was scooped up by prosecutors after his 15 minutes as national security advisor ran out. A good friend who is professionally familiar with prosecutors and grand juries and how they operated sent this along shortly after the sentencing memo went public.

Just read the docs. My view is that he hit every note in Wagner's Faust Overture. This will surely get ugly. The redactions are a tease for sure, but the rest of it, especially 19 proffer sessions and the "ongoing investigations" is the equivalent of serious shots over Trump and Company's bow, which surely indicate that the killing shots are en route.

However, there is something else about the memo worth highlighting. Somewhere, there are unredacted copies of it. One of those copies is now in the hands of a judge, which is to say, beyond the reach of whatever shenanigans, legal and otherwise, are coming down the pike from the White House and its longterm pet interim attorney-general Matt Whitaker, who has problems of his own.

One of the few things that Mueller is doing out in the open is shrewdly to immortalize his findings against the very real possibility of White House sabotage—which, if it is in keeping with everything else this president* has done, will be clumsy and stupid. Mueller plays his cards so close to the vest that they are at the moment behind him—Thanks, Groucho—but he's also a brilliant Beltway power player. He knows how to lay land mines and not leave fingerprints. And, to paraphrase Grandmaster Flash, black lines don't don't do it.

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+26 # angryspittle 2018-12-05 15:56
The one thing I have a problem with is letting him off scot free without any jail time is..... I mean, come on, he was a career military man supposedly reared on duty honor country and he sold it down the fucking river? Such perfidy should not go without some punishment. I at least hope he has to forego his military pension for is crimes.
+3 # Nancy Ellen 2018-12-06 05:54
You have voiced the concern I've had all along, which is that Flynn must be stripped of his pension. Thanks, angryspittle.
-3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-06 14:28
How do you know this. Mueller's documents are 80% redacted. They don't say anything. The facts we do know are quite different

1. Flynn was appointed head of the Defense Intelligence Agency by Obama. While there he learned that the US was supporting al Qaeda and ISIS is Syria. At a top level meeting with Obama and other military staff, Flynn said openly that this was wrong and should stop. He said this at three consecutive meetings. Obama was pissed beyond control and fired Flynn, who immediately went to the media with his story. A whistleblower. No media would talk to him. Only RT picked up the story and had Flynn on several times. That's how he got the invitation to Moscow to give a speech at the RT annual dinner.

2. Flynn was interviews in the white house by Peter Strozk and another FBI agent. The meeting was about security clearance investigations for new white house staff. During the meeting, strozk asked him casually about his meeting with Kisylak. Flynn gave a short and dismissive response. After all, why was Strzok asking about something that was not his business. Immediately after that meeting Assist. Attny General Sally Yates leaked to the media that Flynn had said something different from what he told VP Pence, thus indicating that the FBI was monitoring all Flynn's, Pence's, and Kisylak's phone calls. Yates said she had transcripts of all the communications. Strzok in his report said Flynn was not lying, just dismissive. Mueller said he was lying.
-5 # economagic 2018-12-05 18:23
Hmmm. I had not heard of the Faust Overture. Turns out it's not from an opera but was intended as the first movement of a symphony early in Wagner's career.

Opinions seem to be leaning at least slightly toward Mueller's having some really hot stuff (as opposed to nothing of substance). But of course opinions are cheap regardless of their content, if any.
-8 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-06 07:44
"Just read the docs. "

I did. The docs are about 80% redacted so there is nothing to learn from reading them. The only words not redacted are self-praise for the Mueller Probers.

We really have no idea what Flynn told Mueller. It may be Flynn gave Mueller nothing and Mueller caved in to Flynn's lawyers threats to back out of the plea agreement. We do know that Flynn's attorney's informed the judge about the FBI reports from those who interviewed Flynn which said that Flynn did not lie. It was Mueller who ran against the reports of the interviewers and charged Flynn with lying. That would have made a good defense argument in a trial. So maybe Mueller was clued in by the judge that his case was dead and he punted.

We just don't know. The fact that Mueller is begging the judge for "no jail time" does tell a lot. It says Mueller has nothing and Flynn did nothing and that the judge knows this.
+11 # SusanT136 2018-12-07 07:25
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov:
The fact that Mueller is begging the judge for "no jail time" does tell a lot. It says Mueller has nothing and Flynn did nothing and that the judge knows this.

Flynn pled GUILTY over a year ago, so you are wrong that Flynn did “nothing”. Since then, Mueller delayed sentencing 4 times, and his team met with Flynn 19 times. A line from the docs that is ominous for the Trump cartel:

"The defendant deserves credit for accepting responsibility in a timely fashion and substantially assisting the government."

Granted, we are forced to speculate, but that does not sound like Mueller has nothing.
+2 # lotuslover 2018-12-07 11:09
Songbirds, fed high-grade birdseed over a period of time, will indeed render beautiful songs. Long known, Flynn proves it yet again.
+1 # diamondmarge7 2018-12-08 15:26
Lordy, Let us all live long enough to see the Con in Chief & his ENTIRE CRIMINAL CABAL-OOPS! i MEAN FAMILY-do the PerP Shuffle in ORANGE [sooo appropriate]jum psuits---we can but hope that The Entire Criminal Cabinet follows right behind--and ALL IN CHAINS AND CUFFS

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