ICYMI: The Curious Case of Michael Flynn
May 11, 2020
by Jason Foster in Newsweek
Published May 11, 2020
From the beginning, my former boss, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), wanted to see the underlying evidence for himself. If Flynn engaged in nefarious business with the Russians, why would he do it on a phone call he knew was likely being monitored? Why would he think he could get away with lying about it?
To this day, however, DOJ's oversight committees in Congress, Flynn's lawyers and the public have still never seen a transcript of the call. In Congress, we asked for it on a bipartisan basis in February 2017. Flynn's lawyers have been asking. Still, all the public knows is mostly from selective leaks to the press and spin about what Flynn allegedly said.
Two years ago, Grassley urged the Justice Department to prove that what it did to Flynn could withstand independent scrutiny. Turns out, it couldn't.
With the dismissal of Flynn's case, absent some possible civil litigation, it will be up to Congress and the public to demand the rest of the story and any accountability for the obvious misconduct that occurred. Without sunlight and consequences, those in law enforcement tempted to play political games will continue to think they can get away with it.
Jason Foster was the chief investigative counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) from 2011 to 2018.