A DFW gala aims to raise money for former national security adviser General Michael Flynn ahead of his prison sentence in December.
The gala, organized by talk show host John B Wells, is called Operation Classified and will take place Friday through Sunday at the Hilton in Grapevine, according to the event’s news release.
“The event ... is billed as the largest-ever event supporting General Michael Flynn, features a who’s who of political leaders supporting a man they collectively call a great American patriot and hero,” the release says.
Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, was charged as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Star-Telegram
On Dec. 1, 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador in a plea deal with Mueller.
He is to set to be sentenced on Dec. 18.
Wells, the former host of late-night talk show “Coast to Coast,’ said he wanted to raise money to help Flynn. He said Flynn was forced to sell his family home and lost all his money in legal defense fees during and after the Mueller investigation.
“This is a just cause. The way (Flynn) was treated and vilified and all this nonsense going on in the Mueller investigation spurred us into action,” Wells said. “He’s a fine man. He hasn’t played the victim, he didn’t ask us to do this.”
Wells said on Friday, 500 to 600 people from across the country were at the event. He expects that number to double or triple on Saturday and Sunday.
“If you are accused of a federal crime, you don’t have to be guilty of anything, you can be totally innocent. But it will cost you every dollar you have or every dollar you’re gonna have just to defend yourself from those charges,” Wells said.
According to the event’s website, attendees “will come away with a comprehensive understanding of the Deep State and they will concurrently be directly supporting General Michael Flynn.”
Speakers at the event include:
- William Federer, Writer and historian
- Demetra Antimisiaris, PharmD Associate Professor
- Ty Bollinger, cancer researcher and writer
- Stewart Rhodes, Founder of the Oathkeepers
“It is a lineup heretofore unseen, designed to connect all of the dots that form the prison cell architecture that we call the Deep State,” John B Wells said in the release. “If you want to know, you’ve gotta show.”
Under the plea agreement, Flynn is under a gag order so his brother, Joseph Flynn, will be speaking at the gala in his place, event organizers said.
Wells issued a statement about the event in the release. He said he and his wife, Brendi Wells, organized the event and it is designed to raise awareness and finances for Flynn.
“I would argue that Lieutenant General Michael Flynn represents all American Patriots, certainly those on the right. The power behind the DNC, the “progressives” (in reality, socialists) is that they support each other in a manner that more independently minded conservative Americans do not,” he said. “General Flynn is a victim of political expedience, political skullduggery and lawfare. He defended his son, like any father would and the left crewed up and destroyed the man’s reputation, his families’ reputations and his finances.”
Interviews conducted by special counsel investigators included questions about the business dealings of Flynn and his son, who served as his father’s chief of staff and top aide.
Flynn’s sister, Barbara Flynn Redgate, and brother, Joseph Flynn, started a legal defense fund for Flynn in September 2017. Operation Classified is working with Flynn’s family to help raise funds.