by Daniel Chaitin | April 27, 2020
The lead attorney for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said documents filed under seal last week could be publicly revealed as soon as Tuesday.
Sidney Powell, the lead counsel for President Trump’s former national security adviser, provided an update Monday to Fox News host Sean Hannity for what has been touted as a big week for the spin-off case from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Powell, a former federal prosecutor, said an assistant U.S. attorney assigned to the case has advised her that they’re working to get the documents “disclosed publicly either tomorrow or Wednesday.”
In the previous hour, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said there are about five pages that are not classified, but they are held from public view because of a judge’s order. He said he spoke to two people who have seen the documents and characterized them in a similar way. According to Carlson, one of them said: “I have never seen a clearer-cut case of entrapment than this one.”
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to investigators about his conversations with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak regarding sanctions on Russia and a United Nations resolution on Israel.
But in January, Flynn told the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., that he was “innocent of this crime.” He filed to withdraw his guilty plea after the Justice Department asked the judge to sentence Flynn to up to six months in prison, though afterward, the department said probation would also be appropriate. Powell is pressing for the dismissal of his case by arguing the FBI unfairly treated Flynn.
Powell said on Monday that her client’s plea, which came when he was represented previously by the high-profile, white-collar firm Covington & Burling, was “coerced by lack of information and threat to indict his son,” which she noted is shown in the documents her team filed on the public docket last week.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey Jensen was selected by Attorney General William Barr in January 2020 to review the Flynn case.
CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge reported on Sunday that Friday’s filing will be “important” in the days ahead. “Drawing attention Friday filing Flynn case @CBSNews told important for days ahead. AG Barr directed Missouri US Attorney to review FBI personnel ‘communications and notes,’ in part, to determine whether key evidence withheld. Docs under seal but may change,” she tweeted.
#FISA Drawing attention Friday filing Flynn case @CBSNews told important for days ahead. AG Barr directed Missouri US Attorney to review FBI personnel “communications and notes,” in part, to determine whether key evidence withheld. Docs under seal but may change. @ClareHymes22 pic.twitter.com/Kn76OP2BnI
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) April 26, 2020
California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on her Fox News show, Sunday Morning Futures, that he believes the documents contain “exculpatory evidence.” The FBI denied to the Washington Examiner reports by multiple outlets on Friday that its leadership purposely concealed exculpatory evidence.
Bartiromo tweeted Sunday evening: “Breaking News: sources tell me [Flynn] will be completely exonerated this week. It was a total fraud. A Set up.”