On May 17th Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered federal prosecutors to release transcripts of the General Michael Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials including transcript to a call made in December 2016 between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
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Judge Sullivan is presiding over former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s case.
On Friday federal prosecutors refused to release the transcript of the Flynn-Kislyak phone call. Doing so would prove the Obama administration was spying on the Trump transition team.
The deep state never sleeps.
Via The New York Times:
Federal prosecutors rebuffed a judge’s order to release by Friday highly classified transcripts of discussions that Michael T. Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser, had with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition.
The transcripts between Mr. Flynn and Sergey I. Kislyak, formerly Russia’s top diplomat in the United States, were expected to show that they talked in December 2016 about sanctions that the Obama administration had just imposed on Russia…
…The calls between Mr. Flynn and Mr. Kislyak were referenced repeatedly in court documents and the special counsel’s report on Russian election interference but never released, and prosecutors have not acknowledged the existence of the wiretap. Judge Sullivan, who is overseeing Mr. Flynn’s case, ordered that audio recordings of his conversations with Mr. Kislyak be made public along with a voice mail message made by the president’s lawyer.
The Justice Department’s refusal to comply with the judge’s order made clear that prosecutors had no interest in confirming the wiretap, which was approved by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
“This would be a rare step to make public” such intelligence collection, said Joshua Geltzer, a former Justice Department official. “What you see in today’s filing is the government trying to avoid disclosing that material.”