Judge in Mike Flynn case REFUSES to dismiss it ‘immediately’ and instead says he will take ‘friend of the court’ submissions on what to do next
- Judge Emmet Sullivan made the statement in an order issued Tuesday
- He wrote that ‘given the current posture of this case,’ many outside people and groups might want to file briefs
- Nearly 2,000 former Justice Department officials have signed a petition asking Attorney General Bill Barr to resign
- President Trump blasted blasted ‘Obama’ officials as ‘human scum’ for pursuing the case
The judge overseeing the case of fired national security advisor Mike Flynn revealed Tuesday that the case is not dead yet – and issued an invitation for ‘friend of the court’ briefs in the explosive matter.
U.S. District Judge Judge Emmet Sullivan in a minute order issued Tuesday wrote that ‘given the current posture of this case, the court anticipates that individuals and organizations will seek leave of the court to file amicus curiae briefs …’
He made the statement after the Justice Department made the stunning decision to reverse its position and said last week would no longer prosecute Flynn.
U.S. District Judge Judge Emmet Sullivan wrote that ‘given the current posture of this case, the court anticipates that individuals and organizations will seek leave of the court to file amicus curiae briefs’ in the case of Gen. Mike Flynn
Such friend of the court briefs allow outside parties to make their views known if they aren’t represented but otherwise have an interest in the case.
Sullivan is now overseeing a case where the government does not seek prosecution of the defendant. Even if he were to go ahead and seek to punish the defendant, President Trump has long kept open the possibility of a presidential pardon.
Trump fired Flynn after just 24 days on the job. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.
Nearly 2,000 former Justice Department officials have signed a petition asking Attorney General Bill Barr to resign after the turnaround.
The Justice Department’s decision to shift its position from prosecuting Flynn came from pursuing him for more than a year.
Barr also oversaw a turnaround in the sentencing recommendation of Roger Stone, another longtime ally of President Trump’s.
‘If any of us, or anyone reading this statement who is not a friend of the president, were to lie to federal investigators in the course of a properly predicated counterintelligence investigation, and admit we did so under oath, we would be prosecuted for it,’ wrote the officials, who said they had served for both Democratic and Republican administrations.
Last week the Department of Justice announced it would be dropping charges against Michael Flynn, President Trump’s original national security adviser
Ex-prosecutor Jonathan Kravis lashed out at Attorney General Bill Barr (pictured) for allowing Roger Stone and Michael Flynn to receive lighter punishments than what prosecutors recommended – and throwing prosecutors under the bus for speaking publicly
‘The interrogation of Michael Flynn was not an inquiry. Make no mistake, it was a trap,’ new White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a long speech at the top of her press briefing Friday. On Thursday the Justice Department dropped its case against Trump’s former national security advisor
President Trump blasted blasted ‘Obama’ officials as ‘human scum’ for pursuing the case
Protestors scream after former national security advisor Michael Flynn left a sentencing hearing at US District Court in Washington, DC, USA, 18 December 2018. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI but cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller. Flynn’s sentencing was postponed by Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan
The White House has gone on offense after Barr’s ruling, with new Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany leading long orations from the White House podium, and Trump launching online attacks on what he calls ‘Obamagate.’
President Trump blasted blasted ‘Obama’ officials as ‘human scum’ for pursuing the case following Barr’s decision.
McEnany delivered a 1,300 word oration from the White House last week on the case. ”It is encouraging to see that justice finally prevailed. As we move forward as a country, it’s important to take these revelations very seriously in order for Americans to have faith in our justice system,’ she said.
McEnany said FBI investigators ‘appeared to paint a target on the back of general Michael Flynn’ and entrapped him. Flynn also pleaded guilty to working on behalf of the government of Turkey while advising Trump during the presidential campaign.
Flynn got paid $500,000 for his work.
Jonathan Kravis, a federal prosecutor who worked on Roger Stone’s case, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post Monday that accused Barr’s DOJ of ‘put[ting] political patronage ahead of its commitment to the rule of law.’
Flynn cooperated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Sullivan postponed sentencing after Flynn switched lawyers.