MSNBC’s Ari Melber: Flynn Turned Mueller’s ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card’ into ‘Judicial Smackdown’


MSNBC host Ari Melber broke down how former national security advisor Michael Flynn turned his “get out of jail free card” from special counsel Robert Mueller into a “judicial smackdown” after he pushed a conspiracy that the FBI had set him up to the judge presiding over his sentencing hearing.

“Michael Flynn was supposed to walk into federal court today with that rarest of things, a get out of jail free card from Bob Mueller,” Melber began. “Mueller spared Flynn from other potential charges, recommending no jail, but something important happened on the way to the courthouse. Mike Flynn and his lawyers got fresh, they got brash.”

He then said Flynn and his team played “with the facts” and ended up “playing themselves” after they used “the Trump playbook to complain the FBI didn’t warn him it was a crime to lie to them.”

“Mike Flynn made this legally stupid, self-contradictory argument at the worst possible time… and it backfired,” Melber continued. “Today we witnessed the hammer of the judicial system coming down on a former Trump aide who Mueller tried to help keep out of prison.”

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who presided over Flynn’s hearing this week, slammed the retired general for his shady ties to Turkey after he pushed the FBI set up conspiracy.

“You were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national-security adviser to the president of the United States,” Sullivan said of Flynn. “That undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out.”

Melber called that Flynn’s fate after his desperate, last second attempt “a turning point,” since “it uncorked everything we’re dealing with tonight.”

“It implied that maybe, if Flynn kept cooperating to the end of this probe before sentencing, he might be better off than the thing that blew up in his face today. Mike Flynn folded. Having dropped his defiant attacks on the FBI under oath today, he went on to drop the entire plan to get sentenced today… Mike Flynn has talked a very big game for a long time. He got close to trump by talking trash about Hillary Clinton.”

In classic Melber style, the MSNBC host finished the segment by quoting lyrics from East New York rapper Jeru the Damaja to explain how Flynn “played himself”: “I never knew hustlers confessed in stereo… Mama always said watch what comes out your mouth. Tight case for the DA from here to down South.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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