Skip to comments.Appeals court orders Michael Flynn judge to respond to demand for dismissal of case against ex-Trump advisor
Posted on 05/21/2020 2:06:17 PM PDT by gwjack
A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the judge handling the criminal case of President Donald Trumps former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, to respond to a request by Flynns lawyers to dismiss the case.
The order came two days after Flynns lawyers asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to drop the case and assign any future court proceedings to another judge.
The Department of Justice two weeks earlier made the surprise move to abandon its own prosecution of Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before Trumps inauguration.
But U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan did not immediately grant the DOJs motion to dismiss its case. Instead, he appointed a former federal judge to argue against the request, and submitted a schedule to allow third parties to submit arguments in the case.
Flynns lawyers had argued to the appeals court that Sullivans moves reveal his plan to continue the case indefinitely, rubbing salt in General Flynns open wound from the Governments misconduct and threatening him with criminal contempt.
Sullivan has 10 days to respond to the appeals courts order. Sidney Powell, an attorney for Flynn, did not immediately respond to CNBCs request for comment on the order.
Flynn had appeared in Sullivans courtroom in December 2018 to be sentenced, but the retired lieutenant general opted to delay the proceeding after Sullivan warned Flynn may face jail time if he was sentenced before completing his cooperation with then-special counsel Robert Muellers investigators.
Months later, Flynn dismissed his legal team and hired Powell, a vocal Mueller critic, who soon began efforts to undo the criminal case. Powell accused prosecutors of withholding exculpatory information from Flynn, a claim that the Justice Department for months repeatedly denied.
The Justice Departments request this month to dismiss the charge against Flynn was signed by Timothy Shea, the interim U.S. attorney for D.C. at the time, and not by any of the prosecutors who had handled Flynns case up to that point.
The dismissal request has been highly controversial. Former prosecutors say it smacked of favoritism toward an ally of Trump, and some have specifically accused Attorney General William Barr of manipulating the justice system to help the president. Trump has frequently criticized the case against Flynn.
Maybe this judge was given an offer he can’t refuse. Pick Deep State vs Justice. Maybe being over ruled is safer.
Note that in this story there is not one single word favorable to President Trump, Powell or Flynn.
Only snide comments.
You have been a FReeper for almost 12 years and you do not know the Golden Rule?
Freepers never read the articles, especially from the lamestream media. :)
The wheels ae turning. Someone is near getting his pee pee slapped.
Mueller’s thuggish Lieutenants, Weissmann, Rhee and Van Grack in particular, need to be before a US Senate committee under oath and publicly answering for their conduct. Line them up in a row at one table and pound away at their prosecutorial misconduct. That will never happen, of course.
“Only snide comments.”
Sullivan is doing all he can to protect Obama. How loud will he scream “Racism!” before he falls on his Swamp Soldier’s sword? Actually that gives him too much honor and nobility. He will scream “Racism,racism, racism”, never resign or admit anything he did was wrong. He will probably be allowed to remain on the bench. The Swamp protects its own.
Ive read the case referenced in the appellate courts order. Sullivan is dead in the water. Mark my words: he vacates the amicus order and dismisses the case before June 1 rather than respond. Otherwise hes going to get a smack. They cite the case in the order plus criminal rule 48 to signal him to back off or the writ is going to be granted
“Note that in this story there is not one single word favorable to President Trump, Powell or Flynn.
Only snide comments.”
Yes, lot’s of those snide comments, one that sticks out to me is that Powell is a “vocal Mueller critic”, as if that somehow helps Sullivan.
Wait for it.... wait for it ... "MOTION DENIED".
Do you remember the day that the former prosecutors, and defense lawyers, were “compelled” to appear? I’ve always thought that the Judge would be very harsh with them and forward them for disciplinary action. A person can thumb their nose, but they can’t thumb it to a federal judge.
Deep state Black Robed Bozo Judge Emmet Sullivan. He has been a decent judge but now wants to end his career as a buffoon. Republicans appointed him.
He was appointed to the bench of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals as an Associate Judge in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush and to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.
Entire CNBC piece was dripping with bias and animus towards President Trump and Gen Flynn.
Won’t matter though. Flynn will win.
What would the purpose of that be? We don't have a Star Chamber. The Senate can't convene a Grand Jury and they cannot prosecute anybody.
The men you name need to be prosecuted by the Executive Branch, who does things like that. If they are not prosecuted, they will get away with their crimes.
The fact that this now seems probable does not mean we should encourage our puffed-up, grotesque Senators to become more so pretending they have executive and not legislative authority.
All indications are they will rule for Flynn.
Sullivan doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
You repeated yourself, twice.
Not a word from CNBC that the DC Circuit Court referenced the Fokker case in their order as well as nary a word from CNBC that the DC Circuit Court invited the DOJ to weigh in re the Writ of Mandamus.
Typical for NEM to ignore the relevant issues.
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