Welcome to the daily edition of "Why are you so afraid of a trial?", where our contestants try to explain how justice would best be served by spending years and millions of dollars trying to enforce a guilty plea FOR NO JAIL TIME, instead of letting the matter be decided in court, where best case Flynn walks away free, as he would now, and worst case he spends the rest of his life in jail. And today's contestants are... B(M)ueller? B(M)ueller? Anyone?
And before anyone mentions it is about sparing the court's time, I call BS on that, as the trial would be resolved in an afternoon.
PROSECUTOR: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the defendant lied to our esteemed FBI agents about a call he had with the Russian ambassador in his capacity as the incoming NSA.
DEFENSE COUNSEL: OK then, prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, the burden of proof is on you, after all. You can start by submitting the transcript of those calls.
PROSECUTOR: No can do, it's classified.
DEFENSE COUNSEL: How come you submitted it to the Washington Post, then?
PROSECUTOR: That is different, because of reasons.
DEFENSE COUNSEL: Ok then, call your witness to the stand?
PROSECUTOR: Your what, now?
DEFENSE COUNSEL: Your witness. You claim he lied to the FBI, so you can bring to the stand the only witness to that alleged crime, the FBI agent who spoke to him. What was his name, again? Peter Strozk? We look forward to asking him a few questions on the topic, under oath.
PROSECUTOR: (shifting nervously) Uhh... we just got word that he committed suicide with four shots to the back of the head on his way to court. But don't worry, we have the 302 detailing their debriefing from the Flynn interview.
DEFENSE COUNSEL: And when was that 302 submitted?
PROSECUTOR: Uhh... 3 weeks after the interview.
DEFENSE COUNSEL: And when does FBI policy say that 302 needed to be submitted?
PROSECUTOR: 5 days after the interview.
DEFENSE COUNSEL: And who does FBI policy say is supposed to submit it?
PROSECUTOR: The interviewing FBI agents, only.
DEFENSE COUNSEL: And was the 302 you are submitting to the court edited by someone?
PROSECUTOR: Uhhh. it appears to have been edited by a Lisa Page.
DEFENSE COUNSEL: And is Lisa Page an employee of the FBI?
DEFENSE COUNSEL: And was Lisa Page present in the meeting with Flynn?
DEFENSE COUNSEL: Can we get the original 302, then?