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There's weird shit going down in the Michael Flynn case, and Yr Wonkette is ... well, honestly it is all HEENNNGGHH and WUT in the Slack at the moment. Over on Three Star Twitter, however, they are all sure Flynn is about to blow the lid off this whole Mueller Witch Hunt and withdraw his guilty plea. So, before the MAGA loons saturate the airwaves with their craycray, let's sort out what we do know here.


On Friday, Judge Emmet Sullivan, the one who told Flynn to get his ass back to Mueller's office and cooperate a whole lot more if he didn't want to get LOCK HER UPPED for a good long time, got what looked like a big FUCK YOU from the prosecutors. He'd ordered them to unredact the portions of the Mueller Report relating to Flynn and publicize the transcript of the call between Flynn and Sergei Kislyak and the transcript and audiofile of the voicemail where the president's lawyer John Dowd may or may not have dangled a pardon to Flynn's lawyer. We all got to see the voicemail, and Dowd's hilarous comic sans response. (Not in purple? Rip off!)

But the government argued that the rest of the information requested was not probative to Flynn's sentence. And instead of losing his shit, Judge Sullivan issued this minute order on Tuesday saying, Uh, well, okay then.

But this afternoon, Sullivan ordered his clerk to put the audio of the Dowd voicemail on the public docket immediately.

So it looks like he won't be simply taking the government's NO, FUCK YOU for an answer. Will he be posting the transcript of the phone calls as well? Dunno! But while we were typing, a less redacted version of the Flynn 302 appeared on the docket. So ... something is up. (NB, here's a good thread comparing the more and less redacted versions. Worth a read!)

Meanwhile, Michael Flynn went and fired his lawyers today.

FOR WHY? Does he blame Robert Kelner and Steve Anthony of Covington Burling for the disastrous brief where he tried to pretend HE WUZ FRAMED by the mean FBI agents? Is CNN right that he's worried about going into the Bijan Kian trial represented by the same firm that allegedly botched his FARA filing? Is he just out of cash, and needs someone cheaper?

Or is he about to withdraw his guilty plea and bring the hammer down on all the treasonous Obummer demons? Tell us, Three Stars Twitter!

Trust the plan! Unless "the plan" involves attempting to withdraw your guilty plea five minutes before sentencing after you've given a hundred hours of incriminating testimony, the government has you on tape doing something you later lied about to the FBI, and you got caught violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act six ways from Sunday. Then, maybe you should come up with a different plan!

Or don't! If Michael Flynn wants to get his ass thrown in jail, we ain't mad about it! But who will represent the august general from here on out? What superlawyer is Michael Flynn saving the last dance for?

Pleaseohplease let it be Gregg Jarrett. That's how you know a lawyer is the real deal, when he's on teevee all the time. You bet! Politico reports that it's not Rudy Giuliani or Alan Dershowitz. But Joe DiGenova and his lovely wife Victoria Toensing said, "We are not at liberty to discuss."

Shit's gonna get weird! Errr ... WEIRDER!

[CNN / Politico]

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It was bound to happen. We're now watching Republican congressmen react to Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office and saying "RUSSIA IF YOU'RE LISTENING" during an interview with George Stephanopoulos, literally inviting hostile foreign powers to attack the 2020 election for him like Russia did in 2016. And if you thought there wouldn't be at least one of them to say the quiet part loud and state for the record that crime is good if it helps Republicans win, then you haven't been paying attention to the Republican party in quite a while.

Enter GOP Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, AKA the committee whose members really should know better, even the Republicans, but unfortunately they don't because A) they're idiots and B) they've been sucking at Devin Nunes's dairy cows' teats (ALLEGEDLY) for too long:

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