On Tuesday, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is set to be sentenced for lying to federal investigators.
Flynn cooperated with prosecutors but his lawyers have also sought to claim that he was somehow entrapped by investigators.
A panel on Fox News’ Outnumbered featuring former judge Andrew Napolitano exploded after Napolitano blew up arguments that Flynn was somehow a victim.
Napolitano said he expected leniency before the day’s proceedings.
“I have sentenced over a thousand people over my career in the New Jersey state system, which uses guidelines substantially similar to the federal. Sentencing today is effectively a mathematical function. Yes, you do check boxes. However, when there is an agreement with the defendant to that the maximum sentence will be six years, and when the government says the defendant has helped them so much that they recommend zero, something the government never says…. It’s pretty obvious what the judge is going to do,” he said.
Napolitano said that by admitting to lying and cooperating with prosecutors Flynn had received the best possible recommendation from the government, but seemed to undermine his own plea for leniency with a last-minute complaint of being manipulated.
“This sentencing is unique. It’s unique because of the allegations made in the 11th hour by General Flynn’s lawyers,” Napolitano said. “Which I thought were inappropriate. When the government says zero, that’s the best thing you want. The allegations were ‘Our client wasn’t treated fairly, he was manipulated.'”
Host Harris Faulkner asked Napolitano why Flynn’s team decided to do this.
“I think they thought that this judge—who has a backbone of steel—would be so aggravated at what the FBI did that he might throw the whole thing out,” he said.
Napolitano was then asked to react to the judge’s statement that Flynn “sold your country out.”
“That is a very, very harsh analysis of this. One that totally undermines the argument that President Trump has been saying,” he said.
Fox News co-host Lisa Boothe pushed back and defended the strategy, causing a heated confrontation.
“Why is it inappropriate, though, for Flynn’s attorneys to raise concerns? Particularly in a time when you have James Comey admitting that they went outside the typical FBI protocol. They took advantage of this White House. Why would it be inappropriate?” she asked.
“The answer to your question, Lisa, is a great question… When the government says zero, remain silent. The time to attack the government has long passed. It’s a little late,” Napolitano said.
Michael Avenatti says he has El Chapo’s former jail cell — which the drug dealer described as ‘torture’: report
Attorney Michael Avenatti, the colorful attorney who came to prominence representing Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, is unhappy with his jail conditions.
On Monday, his attorney wrote to the federal judge overseeing his trial to complain about the jail conditions Avenatti is experiencing during pre-trial detention.
Scott Srebnick, Avenatti's attorney, wrote to Judge Paul Gardephe to complain about the "notorious 10-South" section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is being held in the Special Housing Unit.
"He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses," Avenatti's attorney wrote.
It is Greta Thunberg vs Donald Trump at climate-focused Davos gathering of economic elites: report
The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.
The four-day gathering of the world's top political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps gets under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.
Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.
‘Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?’: Preet Bharara flooded with replies to provocative question
Former United States Attorney Preet Bharara asked his 1.2 million Twitter followers a provocative question on the eve of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
With worries that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is presiding over a sham trial, many analysts have suggested that the Senate itself will be on trial.
"Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?" Bharara, who was fired by Trump, asked.
There are a number of potentially vulnerable Republicans facing voters in 2020, including McConnell himself, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).