There’s a classic scene in the 1980 film “Caddyshack,” when Rodney Dangerfield’s character, Al Czervik—an obnoxious millionaire at the club— plays in a tournament and gets nailed in the arm by a golf ball.
Knowing that he is his team’s weakest link—like all good businessmen—he sees an opportunity. He’s obviously hardly injured at all, but he sells it, “Ohh, my arm…It’s broken.”
The tournament is briefly delayed, he is replaced by a better golfer—and an explosion later—his team wins the tournament.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, the U.S. District Court judge who is overseeing Gen. Michael Flynn’s criminal case, appears to be doing his best Czervik imitation, and possibly for good reason.
Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” said on Friday that he listened to the oral arguments in the case and realized that “there is no principle or institution that liberals, that the left, the Democrats, are unwilling to tear down” and he said the Flynn case looks far from over.
Sullivan, who once said that he will not hide his “disgust, my disdain, for this criminal offense” in the case, appointed two lawyers to “make the case for them,” challenging the Justice Department's request to drop the charges.
“We’re watching a federal judge step in and push for the case to continue on his own,” Sexton said. He continued, “This is the abuse of the process. And the process is very much the punishment to continue the case against General Flynn at this stage.”
Sexton said it is clear why the case is not being dropped.
“They want to have the opportunity to poke at the Trump administration because the judge here realizes that he’ll be vilified by the left” if he dismisses the case.
“Oh my gosh, good heavens. If you were to have Joe Biden win the next election, this judge might find himself on the wrong side of an IRS audit,” Sexton said.
Sexton said that most of the country has a pretty good understanding of what happened in the Flynn “ambush.”
Flynn, a retired general, was fired by Trump for lying to the vice-president about conversations with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the interactions.
But a lot has changed since then.
The Department of Justice requested the dismissal of charges against Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, in May stating that Flynn should not be convicted because any misrepresentations to the FBI weren’t “material.” The theory was that he should never have been questioned in the first place because the FBI was carrying out an illegitimate investigation.
Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, wrote a column that said there would be no chance Flynn would be convicted anyway because federal agents “went out of their way to deceive Flynn about the purpose of the interview, at which they hoped to trip him up.”
Sidney Powell, Flynn's lawyer, told Fox News that the “whole thing was orchestrated and set up within the FBI, [ then-Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper, [former CIA Director John] Brennan and in the Oval Office meeting" with President Obama.
Sexton said Democrats have been continuing the fight since Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016. And if Flynn needs to be the casualty, so be it.