Meadows: 'There Is No Suggestion That Michael Flynn Had Anything to Do With Collusion'

By Susan Jones | December 5, 2018 | 6:48 AM EST

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office with then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - On Tuesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended no prison time for General Michael Flynn, who briefly served as President Trump's national security advisor before Trump was forced to fire him for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

In his court filing, Mueller said that Flynn's "substantial assistance" extends beyond the Trump-Russia probe to "several ongoing investigations," at least one of them involving criminality.

 

But all information about those other two matters is completely redacted.

In reaction, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, noted another omission in Tuesday court filing.

I've looked at this report, and yes, everybody's going to focus on what'has been redacted. But let's look at what is not in there. There is no suggestion that Michael Flynn had anything to do with collusion. He was with the transition team. He was part of the campaign. And, yet, there's no mention of collusion.

I think it's good news for president trump tonight that this is what it's come down to, even though they said he substantially cooperated, I think he substantially cooperated to say that there was no collusion, and we can look at it with that in mind.

Joining Meadows on Sean Hannity's cable TV show Tuesday night, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the left is making a big deal out of Mueller's court filing, but "the guy we need to be talking to is Rod Rosenstein.

"It has been 10 and a half weeks since it was reported that he talked to subordinates about wearing a wire and invoking the 25th Amendment," Jordan noted. "And Mark and I and other members of Congress have yet to be able to ask him one single question since that became public. That needs to happen in the next 26 days before Nancy Pelosi is speaker of the house. That's what I'm focused on. This is news tonight, I get it. And we've walked through this. But that's the real thing we have to focus on in the last weeks of this Congress."

According to the report produced by House intelligence committee Republicans earlier this year, "General Flynn pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding his December 2016 conversations with Ambassador Kislyak, even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents did not detect any deception during Flynn's interview."

But Jordan noted there was plenty of deception from top FBI officials who launched the Trump-Russia probe while letting Hillary Clinton off easy. Clinton was not even required to testify under oath.

"Remember, James Comey, director of the FBI, fired; Deputy Director (Andrew) McCabe lied three times under oath, fired; Chief Counsel at the FBI Jim Baker, demoted and then left. FBI counsel Lisa Page demoted, then left. And deputy head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok demoted, then fired. But even those five people thought Mike Flynn didn't lie when he was interviewed by the FBI. Only Bob Mueller did, and now this is what happens.

"So we've got to keep this in context. The top people at the FBI, all demoted, left, or fired who launched and ran the Clinton investigation; launched and ran the Russia investigation. Put the fake dossier in front of the FISA court to get a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. Even they didn't think Mike Flynn lied when he was being interviewed by the FBI,” Jordan said.

"And now, Bob Mueller is saying he should get the most lenient sentence possible but they still have the information he gave them. We will find out what that is when we get the unredacted version" (of the mysterious criminal investigation mentioned in Mueller's court filing).

Meadows said he and Jordan have been part of multiple testimonies and briefings “where it was reiterated, not once, not twice, but three different times that they didn't believe that Mike Flynn lied.

"So here's what we've got," Meadows continued. "We've got a situation where we are a year and a half into this investigation. It started back in May of 2017 and here we are in December.

"If this is the best we 've got coming out of Mueller's investigation, it is time that he writes the report, closes it out, and let(s) the American people focus on what is important to them, which is really about making sure they keep their jobs and the economy and what the president has been delivering on. So it's time for Mueller to bring it to a close. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end but it can come none too soon for most Americans."


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