The judge then bizarrely asked whether Flynn’s conduct was “treasonous.” Van Grack, perhaps taken off guard, blandly declared that treason “was not something that we were considering in terms of charging the defendant.” But Judge Sullivan pushed: “Hypothetically, could he have been charged with treason?” The judge later insisted that he hadn’t been suggesting Flynn had committed treason and, indeed, acknowledged that he “couldn’t tell you what the elements [of the offense] are anyway.” That latter point was clear enough, since treason—as a legal matter—is defined in the Constitution and requires a state of war. Van Grack later had to clarify that the “government has no reason to believe that the defendant committed treason” and has “no concerns with the respect to the issue of treason.”LAWFARE
Whatever it might mean for the OSC, the prospect of jail time for the disgraced former DNI and once-revered military man shocked the right and the Wall Street Journal editorial page.
Delivered by a pissed off judge who was “not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense,” put Trump, Flynn and their Useful Idiots in their place.
Flynn has 90 days to get right with himself and the OSC.
There is no way for the Trump Crime Family to get right.
A newly obtained document shows President Donald Trump signed a letter of intent to move forward with negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Russia, despite his attorney Rudy Giuliani claiming on Sunday the document was never signed. – Chris Cuomo [CNN]
Under investigation (h/t Judd Legum) or shut down entirely includes
Trump Inauguration Committee
Ivanka Trump (Inauguration Committee Role… emails to come…)
…and we don’t know what may happen with Don, Jr.
But what Judge Sullivan did during the Flynn sentencing hearing is put all things Trump on notice.
As The Atlantic headline yesterday noted, Twitter ain’t court.