A person who tells lies has a reputation as a liar — a fabricator, fabulist, fibber, prevaricator, a storyteller.
But Marian Marzynski argues his Polish wartime childhood experiences, teasing out feelings about his country, the Catholic Church, and his and other friends’ identities forged a survival for him which began with the directive “never forget to lie”.
That’s the kind of reasoning Federal Bureau of Investigation agents say makes them think former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn didn’t lie to them, although he was later charged with making false statements. And a Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz argues that the FBI was simply “giving him [former National Security Adviser] Michael Flynn the opportunity to lie before questioning him.”
Lying to authorities is one of the great obstacles the U.S. has always had setting up a national police force, just the kind the British had in the Colonies before the American Revolution abhorred and overthrew them. None other than the former head of the FBI himself, Director James Comey [dismissed by President Donald Trump], put the old complaint succinctly: “I don’t think in America we want to empower the FBI or grand juries or prosecutors to impose morality tests — criminal morality tests — on citizens.”
But FBI agents did confirm in documents released by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that they didn’t think Flynn lied to them, although he was later charged with [and admitted] making false statements. Flynn himself has pleaded guilty to lying about whether he had talked to former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 on limiting Moscow’s response to former President Barack Obama’s then recently imposed sanctions for what is now seen as Russian attempted meddling in the 2016 elections. But now President Donald K. Trump and his supporters are asking that Flynn not have to pay a price for what he has now admitted as lying.
Dershowitz added that Flynn was simply a means to the end for the FBI, and the agency’s goal was to find “low-hanging fruit” in order to squeeze Flynn. He said that Flynn should have never pleaded guilty, but that he had no choice.
“The obvious target here was Donald Trump — not Flynn,” he said.
After testifying before House lawmakers former FBI Director James Comey slammed Trump and top Republicans for purportedly not being truthful.
‘The FBI’s reputation has taken a big hit because the president of the United States, with his acolytes, has lied about it constantly,’ Comey said.
George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley weighed in on the federal judge ordering the Mueller team to surrender documents surrounding the Flynn questioning. Turley called the case against Flynn a “canned hunt” and investigators effectively “put him in a cage and shot him” on charges of lying during an interview brought about under unorthodox means.
“They are dangling out what is called a 5k1.1 letter which is basically a cooperation letter and they come back repeatedly and say, you don’t have that letter. Essentially they are turning that into a canned hunt. The only way he’s out of that cage as if he tells them what they want to hear. But that’s actually concerning to me because here’s a guy who obviously is cooperating fully, they say he is credible,” Turley said.
District Judge Reed O’Connor struck down Obamacare arguing that the part of the law that forces American to buy insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional. Because O’Connor ruled that the mandate can’t be separated from the rest of the health care law, he invalidated the whole thing. Few lawyers and legislators have ever doubted that the individual mandate was unconstitutional, because no possible reading of the Commerce Clause could support such a scheme. As the late Justice Antonin Scalia noted during oral arguments before the Supreme Court in 2012, if the government can force you to buy health insurance, it can also force you to buy broccoli, or a car, or pretty much anything. Allowing the individual mandate under the Commerce Clause powers would give Congress unlimited authority to regulate almost every aspect of our lives.