WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI, according to court documents released on Friday, in an escalation of an investigation into alleged ties to Russia that has cast a cloud over President Donald Trump’s administration.
The Office of the Special Counsel said Flynn was charged with making false statements about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
The office, which is investigating accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Trump’s campaign, said a plea hearing for Flynn had been set for 10:30 a.m. EST (1530 GMT) on Friday.
Flynn was expected to plead guilty. He had turned himself in to the FBI, two federal law enforcement officials told Reuters.
Flynn, a retired Army general who was fired from his White House post in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about…
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On July 10, 2015, Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Brian Encinia stopped Sandra Bland for failure to signal a lane change. Sandra was 28-years old. She was in Texas to start a job on August 3, 2015 as a summer program associate with Prairie View A&M University in Waller County, Texas.
Upon returning to Sandra’s car with citations for her to sign, Encinia asked Sandra to put out her cigarette. When Sandra asked Encinia why she would need to put out her cigarette in her own car, Encinia ordered Sandra out of her car, and taking out his stun gun, threatened to “light” her up if she did not comply. Encinia accused Sandra of assaulting him and she was taken to jail.
On July 13, 2015, Sandra was found dead in her jail cell. She was found hung with a plastic trash bag around her neck, from a partition that was shorter or about the same height as Sandra, who was 6 feet tall.
In January 2016, a grand jury indicted Brian Encinia (the arresting officer) for perjury. The grand jury did not believe Encinia’s statement that he wanted Sandra removed from her car so he could conduct a safer traffic investigation. The Texas Department of Public Safety terminated Encinia for violating department standards. Encina was freed on a $2,500 bond. If convicted for perjury, he faced up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
In March 2016, Brian Encinia was formerly fired from his law enforcement job. Read the rest of this entry
A Waller County grand jury has indicted Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia on perjury charges. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, Encinia could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Grand juries typically review felony cases. Darrell Jordan, one of five special prosecutors assigned to the case, stated “Because he [is] an officer, they have to go through an indictment process, regardless of whether it’s a felony or a misdemeanor.” The grand jury’s indictment stemmed from a statement by Encinia
Encinia pulled Bland over on July 10, 2015 for making an improper lane change near Prairie View A&M University, her alma mater, where she had just interviewed and accepted a job. Dashcam video from Encinia’s patrol car shows that the traffic stop quickly became confrontational.
The video shows the trooper holding a stun gun and yelling, “I will light you up!” after Bland refuses to get out of her car. Bland eventually steps out of the vehicle, and Encinia ordered her to the side of the road. Read the rest of this entry
On 4/11/2012, George Zimmerman was arrested on charges of 2nd degree murder, and from jail, spoke to his wife about money donated to his defense fund. By his instructions, Shellie Zimmerman spent money, transferred money, put money in a safe deposit box, and then lied to the court about her knowledge of that money.
When the prosecutors gathered evidence of the misrepresentation, they put their ducks in a row and filed papers in court asking that George Zimmerman’s bond be revoked. In deciding to revoke George Zimmerman’s bond, Judge Lester stated to attorney Mark O’Mara:
“Does your client get to sit there like a potted palm and let you lead me down the primrose path? That’s the issue.”
George Zimmerman (GZ) was not required to testify in court during his bond hearing, but he was required to tell his legal counsel the truth. Had he done so, there would have been no need for witnesses, such as Shellie Zimmerman, to testify about their finances.
That was not the first time that GZ sat like a potted palm. In calendar year 2011, GZ received money in a legal matter and kept it secretive from a court of law.
On May 10, 2006, GZ filed a complaint in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division. That complaint was against Aames Funding Corporation, d/b/a Aames Home Loan (Aames). That complaint alleged that GZ worked for Aames from 10/1/2005 to January 27, 2006, and that the company failed to pay him for overtime. (Complaint linked at bottom of page)
Paragraph 8 of that complaint sets forth that GZ retained the Pantas Law Firm to represent him in the matter and agreed to pay them reasonable attorney’s fees for its services.
On 5/5/2009, a “Suggestion of Bankruptcy” was filed in the case, setting forth that Aames had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, requiring that the District Court enter a stay of proceedings in GZ’s case. The court entered a stay of proceedings and thereafter, GZ’s attorney filed periodic status reports.
On 4/6/2012, a “Status Report” was filed in Case No. 6:06-CV-630-ORL-22JGG, George Zimmerman vs. Aames Funding Corp. Attorney Pantas set forth in paragraph 3;
“Previously, the undersigned was informed that payment was expected sometime in 2012. Recently, the undersigned has learned that said payment was actually sent to Mr. Zimmerman sometime in 2011. “
(Status report linked at bottom of page)
GZ did not inform his attorney that he received the money. As set forth in paragraph 2, the attorney for the trustee in the bankruptcy case notified GZ’s attorney that an actual payment was made directly to GZ, and that;
“Mr. Zimmerman has since cashed the trustee’s check. “
Remember paragraph 8 of the complaint? GZ agreed to pay reasonable fees to his attorneys. In the “Status Report” filed 4/6/2012, GZ’s attorney sets forth;
“No fees or costs were deducted, and Mr. Zimmerman retained the entire amount of the check.”
A copy of the check is attached to the Status Report, providing that it was issued to GZ on July 7, 2011 in the amount of $18, 219.71.
Maybe or maybe not by coincidence, on 4/9/2012, the Monday following the filing of that Status Report, GZ launched his website and although not charged with a criminal offense, asked for donations for his legal defense. In about 8 months after receiving $18, 219.71, and although having a full-time job, GZ was financially broke.
On 4/10/12, attorneys Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner held a press conference saying that they lost track of Zimmerman on Sunday when he stopped returning their calls.
According to Mark Osterman, after GZ killed Trayvon Martin, GZ spent about 6 weeks at his home in Lake Mary, FL. In Sonner and Uhrig’s press conference, they stated that GZ was no longer in the state of Florida. The six weeks that GZ spent at Osterman’s house suggests that he left right about the time when attorney Pantas notified the court that he was only recently made aware that in July 2011, GZ received over $18,000.
GZ’s acts of desperation that weekend might not be solely related to the murder investigation that was taking place. His wrong doing in not notifying his attorney in the civil case of receiving the check in July 2011, neither paying costs and fees, was now documented in court record.
For whatever reason, GZ could no longer remain at his best friend’s house in Lake Mary, FL. GZ found it necessary to run, to stop communicating with his attorneys, and — he needed money. GZ had sat like a potted palm for 8 months, leading his attorney down the primrose path.
GZ betrayed his legal counsel in the civil matter. Is he also capable of betraying Mark O’Mara?
The reason for this addendum is because I was criticized on another blog for suggesting George Zimmerman’s ability to influence others to do his dirty work without proof.
Originally, a comment posted by George Zimmerman (GZ) on his MySpace page was presented to support his boastfulness in having others do his dirty work and going to jail without spilling the beans on him. However, we have recent documented, audio, and video evidence. I apologize for omitting the obvious. GZ communicated actions to his wife that led to her perjuring herself to the court for GZ’s benefit to be granted a low bond.
Just like GZ said on his MySpace page about getting his “boy,” to handle a “…lil somethin” do a year in jail and keep his mouth shut so GZ doesn’t get his “… ass pinched …” he did the same to, and expected the same from his wife, Shellie Zimmerman. At his bond hearing as Shellie Zimmerman was cross-examined, George sat, not only like a “potted palm” but in a threatening posture, weighing every word spoken by Shellie. Were the wheels in his brain turning, contemplating Shellie’s punishment if she told the truth?
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Another theory, but based on George Zimmerman’s (GZ) blatant lies and deception, he is a study that requires connecting the dots.
At about 40:06 of his interview with Investigator Serino, GZ states something that gives me reason to believe that his Neighborhood Watch (NW) activities were a cover-up for a burglary ring. George Zimmerman states that he has a cousin in prison who wrote him saying that he got off many times as a juvenile. Had he had someone to tell him differently, he might not have been in prison. Because of this, GZ decided to mentor youths. It is also the reason he gave for wanting to be a judge.
This is BULL! If we consider what GZ said with being a judge, it sounds as though he would be willing to deal out harsher punishment than the law allows. Certainly, as his cousin, GZ would know what his cousin did as a juvenile; and how he progressed to committing crime as an adult to end up in prison.
I am unfamiliar with the Florida judicial system of selecting judges, but where I’m from, judges are assigned to courts by the Chief Judge of the Circuit. Most newly elected judges are appointed to small claims cases. A judge hearing family court matters this year, can be appointed to hear traffic cases next year. So what would give GZ the impression, if he ever became a judge, that he could choose to preside solely over juvenile cases?
In his Hannity interview, GZ mentioned mentoring on Sunday evenings before he and Shellie went on their Sunday evening grocery-shopping run. One thing we know is that GZ could not be a tutor because he failed some of his community college classes and received low grades in others. So, what does he mean by “mentoring”? A mentor is someone that spends his or her time and expertise to guide the development of another person. GZ’s history of failing at business, unemployment, financial problems, arrests, and failing classes, tells us that he had no expertise, knowledge, or story of how to succeed to share as a mentor.
None of the juveniles that GZ mentored, neither their parents, have come forth to support GZ’s claims. It is my impression that GZ was not mentoring but rather, recruiting. He was recruiting Black male teens to commit burglaries in The Retreat at Twin Lakes. He knew, by what his cousin said, that juveniles are generally slapped on the wrist, not serving the same consequences as adults who commit burglaries.
Additionally, let’s not forget that O’Mara’s verified GZ’s MySpace page where he wrote;
“… I can hit my boy up to handle a lil somethin with my sister and he’s at my house with his boys on bikes before i hang up with her! They do a year and dont ever open thier mouth to get my ass pinched…”
George Zimmerman likes having others do his dirty work. He is not ethically opposed to having others serve jail time for doing wrong for his benefit. He associates with, or at least in the past associated with, guys who had no fear of going to jail.
When his cousin wrote the letter is unknown. What we do know is that GZ independently organized a Neighbor Watch in Retreat of Twin Lakes around August 2011. The President of the HOA was unaware of this until residents called him asking about a man coming to their homes with a clipboard. Being security of Neighbor Watch (NW) in gated communities is a good cover-up to commit crime. Many homeowners trust them. They tell them when they are going to be away from home, for instance, on vacation. They tell them whether or not they lock their doors; what time they leave for work and in some cases, what they recently purchased that they don’t want stolen.
After GZ organized NW, there were purported burglaries in that community thereafter and GZ observed nothing! He called in other things – open garage door; loitering; a server at his graduation party expecting to be paid; a little boy playing in the street – but no observations of potential burglars – until February 2, 2012.
That 2/2/12 call was for a person in front of or by Frank Taaffe’s house. Taaffe would later praise GZ for thwarting a possible burglary. The person was arrested about 2 weeks thereafter.
In spite of that arrest, GZ would use that incident to justify why Trayvon Martin appeared suspicious, and he alleged that Trayvon was standing in front of that same house.
It is my belief that the person arrested for attempted burglary of Frank Taaffes’ house was well-known to GZ, and GZ threw him under the bus. After doing so, GZ had to CYA so that person would not spill the beans that GZ is the fencer of stolen goods. What better way of doing it than to capture a strange teen and then claim a case of mistaken identity?
Another reason for GZ’s motivation the night of 2/26/12 is because GZ had failed and not obtained his college degree. Chances are that he realized he could not pass those required courses. There is something in his school records that questions whether he was approved for a student loan. GZ could kill two birds with one stone. The first would be to keep his mentored person off his ass, and the second would be to earn some brownie points to gain recognition and better employment. He could outdo the cops by not letting “them” get away. It was imperative that GZ restrain and retain an unsuspecting person that met or closely met the physical description of the person arrested for the 2/2/12 incident.
In his non-emergency call to 911, GZ said “They always get away” before he said “He’s running.” “They always get away” was a scripted statement. First, it conveyed that GZ disapproved of the police not arriving soon enough. Secondly, it conveys a plan to give him a reason to retain and restrain. Only Trayvon Martin ran, and that is when GZ went off script.
When Trayvon ran, did GZ refer to him as a funking ”goon” or “coon’ or “punk”? The “oon” sound is clear. If he said “goon” he would have no reason to lie about it because of the local gang calling themselves goons. Trayvon ran, and that motivated GZ to say “funking poons.” Trust me on this. The FBI and others were listening for a “c” before “oon,” but it is a “p.” Poon is a slang term for wimp. It is short for “poontang.” It’s the same as calling someone a pussy. A poon would be someone not wanting to go to jail for GZ; thus, the relationship between the mentored person GZ threw under the bus, and the pussy now running away from him. GZ wanted to confront, restrain and retain but the suspicious person was a pussy — a fucking poon — for running away.
Based on the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office “Count of Incidence Reports for The Retreat at Twin Lakes” from 3/15/10 – 3/14/12, there were 7 burglaries. That’s 3.5 burglaries per year. If there was a surge after NW as formed, that leads to the reasonable conclusion that GZ might have been involved in organizing that burglary ring.
GZ’s supporters argue that since the killing of Trayvon Martin, burglaries have stopped at The Retreat of Twin Lakes. Certainly they have. The fencer of stolen goods is in a safe-house with a GPS ankle bracelet tracking his every move. There is more ….
On 2/27/12, GZ visited his personal physician to get a note to return to work. While he was waiting to be interviewed on 2/29/12, GZ stated that he was going to Lake Mary for the weekend. The first Associated Press Story about the killing of Trayvon Martin was released March 8, 2012. For some reason however, GZ found it necessary to abandon his job and home the weekend after he killed Trayvon Martin. It is my sincere belief that not being able to give the police another person to blame for the 2/2/12 attempted burglary of Taaffe’s house, GZ immediately went into hiding because he feared the member of his burglary ring that he threw under the bus. There is more ….
There are things we do not know – may never know, but something motivated GZ the evening of Feb. 26, 2012 beyond seeing a person walking in the rain. I don’t know how burglars operate, but it seems logical to me that anyone planning to break into a house would not plan on doing that on a Sunday evening, alone, without transportation on a rainy night for a get-a-way.
Had he not killed Trayvon, GZ’s scheme still would have failed because Trayvon had only been in that area several days before he was killed. It is also my strong impression that GZ killed Trayvon because Trayvon was crying for help. His cries got the attention of residents. During his Hannity interview, GZ says that he was afraid because he did not want the cops showing up finding him standing there with a gun. We only need to consider the true chronological order for when GZ feared being found standing with a gun in his hand.