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.
Ted Cruz slapped down at Senate hearing for ‘working the refs’ to keep extremist content on social media
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was called out for "working the referees" by attempting to "terrify" technology company executives into not enforcing their own rules against political extremism.
The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet on Tuesday held a hearing titled, “Optimizing for Engagement: Understanding the Use of Persuasive Technology on Internet Platforms.”
"I think these questions raise very serious -- these documents raise very serious questions about political bias at the company," Cruz said, referring to Google.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) responded.
Maryland pool stalker says he isn’t racist — he’s autistic
A Maryland man who called police on two groups of Black women at an apartment complex says that his actions weren't motivated by race, rather it was his autism.
According to WUSA, the man now known as "Poolside Nick," approached the women to complain about using glass bottles, which is against the pool rules at their apartment complex.
Videos were posted by Felecia Soso showing the man telling the women "glassware is not allowed at the pool."
Paul Watkins worked for a hate group – and now he’s in charge of Consumer Protection
Ahead of Tuesday’s congressional hearing on fintech regulation, consumer watchdog group Allied Progress released a new report on how Paul Watkins, Director of the CFPB’s Office of Innovation, has hidden his past work for an anti-LGBT hate group.