The Russia-Gate conspiracy theory that has embroiled the nation certainly has some legs, and we are far from seeing the last of its repercussions even now, at the end of 2019.
In fact, we now know that we won’t be finished with the adjudication of this farce until at least the end of January 2020, thanks to a new court ruling against General Michael Flynn.
A federal judge Monday rejected Michael Flynn’s argument that he was targeted by politically motivated federal agents, setting a sentencing date of next month for President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, who has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents.
Flynn’s attorneys filed court papers in August accusing prosecutors of suppressing exculpatory evidence and alleging that he was targeted by federal investigators for “concocted and political purposes.” Flynn’s defense team argued that he was coerced into pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.
That’s not how the judge saw it, however.
But in a 92-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled against Flynn, offering a point by point rebuttal of his arguments to force prosecutors to release more documents.
“The court summarily disposes of Mr. Flynn’s arguments that the FBI conducted an ambush interview for the purpose of trapping him into making false statements and that the government pressured him to enter a guilty plea,” Sullivan wrote. “The record proves otherwise.”
Flynn’s sentencing has been set for January 28th.
General Flynn has long argued that the FBI had purposefully misstated their reasoning for speaking to him, giving him a false idea of just what sort of situation that he was in.