Judge Puts Off Approving US Request To Dismiss Flynn Case

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FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, following a status hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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A federal judge made clear Tuesday that he would not immediately rule on the Justice Department’s decision to dismiss its criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he would instead let outside individuals and groups weigh in with their opinions.

The move suggests U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan is not inclined to automatically rubber-stamp the department’s dismissal of the Flynn prosecution.

Flynn pleaded guilty, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential transition period.

But the Justice Department said last week that the FBI had no basis to question Flynn in the first place and that statements he made during the FBI interview were not material to the broader counterintelligence investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. It said dismissing the case was in the interests of justice.

But the decision must first go through Sullivan, who said in a written order Tuesday night that “given the current posture of this case,” he anticipated “that individuals and organizations will seek leave of the Court” to file briefs expressing their opinions.

That is a likely reference to the considerable debate the Justice Department’s action has prompted over the last week.

(AP)




4 COMMENTS

  1. The left harps on the fact that Flynn plead guilty to lying. But the DOJ motion for dismissal addresses that point. The motion points out that the lie was not a crime, and that Flynn and his defense team was misled by the prosecution to believe that it was a crime.

    The motion states that the Flynn’s first attorneys were misled by the DOJ to believe that the lie was material – and that’s why they allowed him to plea guilty. It was only very recently that hiddend documents were released which established that the lie was not material. So the hullaballo against the motion ignores the key point. The judge is probably just playing some sort of game to make himself look good and avoid being attacked by the leftists.

  2. rEtRD, the REAL criminal is you and you lying Democrats together with Fake News Media. It takes truly evil, immoral and dishonest people to use the power of Government to destroy innocent man like General Flyn.