President Donald Trump and many other Republicans—including a long list of carnival barkers at Fox News and Fox Business—have been painting Michael Flynn as a victim of “entrapment.” Flynn, former national security advisor for the Trump Administration, admitted to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the late 2016 lame duck session. And when Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” on December 17, host Maria Bartiromo echoed the claim that Flynn was “entrapped” by the FBI. But Napolitano, a right-wing libertarian, is not afraid to part company with his Fox News and Fox Business colleagues when he thinks they’re wrong—and he set Bartiromo straight by explaining that legally, Flynn was not “entrapped.”
Napolitano said of Flynn, “Though they trapped him, it is not entrapment. Entrapment is when you resist, you resist, you resist—and they push and they push and they push.”
The judge was not praising the FBI’s methods. Napolitano has been a frequent critic of the U.S. Justice Department, and over the years, he has lambasted the federal governnent for everything from the Patriot Act to the War on Drugs.
But Napolitano made it clear to Bartiromo that when the FBI interrogated Flynn, it did not fit the legal definition of entrapment.
Napolitano asserted, “The Supreme Court has written that the feds, police, prosecutors can lie, cheat, deceive, threaten and coerce to flip a witness or to get information from a witness….Here’s the thing: his guilty plea was given under oath. If (Flynn) retracts that, it’s perjury. So he’s really in a bind right now.”
Although lying to the FBI about communications with a Russian official is a serious offense, Flynn’s attorneys have recommended that he receive no prison time in light of his cooperation in Mueller’s probe and his record of military service.
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"What they're doing is trying to erase the parallel case that was just the subject of the impeachment, because what [Roger] Stone is charged with was interfering in our election in 2016," explained Flannery. "And then obstructing the investigation by the Intelligence Committee into that interference, and causing them to lie and threaten and so forth. So, they'd like to erase that."
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