(CNSNews.com) - There's a "great irony" in Special Counsel Robert Mueller asking a federal court not to put Gen. Michael Flynn in prison, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night.
“The great irony, Sean, is that Robert Mueller has achieved the same outcome that Donald Trump was (after). I mean, Robert Mueller has essentially said to court, lay off of Mike Flynn -- he's a good guy. If Trump said the same thing to (former FBI Director James) Comey, they apparently want to throw him in jail for it. And it shows the double standard.”
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.
Flash back to early 2017, when – according to notes written by then-FBI Director Comey – Trump took Comey aside the day after Flynn was fired. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Comey quoted Trump as saying. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
In his court filing on Tuesday, Mueller seemed to agree that Flynn was a good guy. He mentioned some of Flynn’s “mitigating” characteristics, including his “exemplary” military and public service. “He served in the military for over 33 years, including five years of combat duty, led the Defense Intelligence Agency and retired as a 3-star Lieutenant General.”
Mueller noted that Flynn’s record of military and public service “distinguish him from every other person who has been charged” as part of Mueller’s investigation. And he also credited Flynn’s timely and substantial assistance to government investigators.
Gaetz said Flynn should never have pleaded guilty.
Look, we would not even be talking about Michael Flynn right now if it were not for the initial interviews he did with -- wait for it -- Peter Strzok. The very same Peter Strzok who had the insurance policy against the Trump presidency. The same Peter Strzok who said no, we'll stop him. And most importantly, the same Peter Strzok who, when talking to his girlfriend 10 months into this investigation, after Michael Flynn's story had already been told, was saying there is no there, there. There's no evidence of collusion with Michael Flynn or President Trump or anyone else.
This whole thing is a joke. Michael Flynn won't be any facing any prison time but he would have faced no legal jeopardy at all if he just wouldn't have pled guilty because they would have never gotten a conviction with Peter Strzok as their star witness.
What about the real collusion, Hannity asked -- the dirty dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democrat Party to damage Trump? What about the abuse of the FISA process to spy on Trump campaign officials and the leaking of information and the FBI agents with their "insurance policy"? None of those involved have been charged, never mind sentenced for their malfeasance, Hannity noted.
Gaetz said the reason they're not in legal trouble is "low-energy Attorney General" Jeff Sessions, who "never really brought the resources to bear to hold them accountable. It's deeply troubling," Gaetz said. "It's probably the reason why Jeff Sessions isn't still there. The real question, Sean, isn't whether or not there a double standard. Your fact pattern lays that out. The question is why.
"I think that the inspector general gave us the answer, when he said that never before, never in the history of the FBI, had he seen the same people involved in that Hillary Clinton investigation migrate over and start investigating the other contender in the presidential race, Donald Trump. And then, lo and behold, they end up on the Mueller team.
"And so I think a big part of the reason why there is this attack on the president is because you've got people covering up for failing to do their job as it related to Hillary Clinton or actively trying to help Hillary Clinton avoid consequences for her crimes. The personnel overlays are outrageous," Gaetz said.