In yet another stunning example of how the judicial system has been perverted by politics, a federal judge will not honor the DOJ’s request to swiftly dismiss the case against General Michael Flynn.
On Tuesday, Judge Emmet Sullivan delivered a peculiar decision to stall the exoneration of the framed former national security adviser in order to allow for outside parties to file briefs intended to undermine the DOJ and leave Gen. Flynn twisting in the wind indefinitely.
Sullivan’s strange but sadly predictable move comes after an open letter by nearly 2,000 former Justice Department employees (translation: Obama loyalists) demanding that Attorney General William Barr tender his resignation.
The refusal to honor the Justice Department’s dismissal of the charges also coincides with a “leaked” phone call from former President Barack Obama decrying the decision on Flynn, a man who he despised and who he fired before framing him.
Via The New York Times, “Judge Hesitates to Accept Justice Dept. Move to Drop Flynn Charge”:
A federal judge overseeing the criminal case of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn opened the door late Tuesday for legal experts and other outside parties to oppose the Justice Department’s motion to drop the case, suggesting he has at least some skepticism about the government’s argument that Mr. Flynn should never have been charged.
In a brief order, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia said he would set a schedule for outside parties to present arguments about the government’s request to dismiss the case. He did not directly address the Justice Department’s motion to drop the charge, but legal experts said he appeared open to considering not only the department’s arguments but also those who have challenged its move as politically motivated.
The judge’s order is the latest twist in a high-profile criminal case that has provoked widespread criticism of Attorney General William P. Barr and has renewed questions about political influence over the Justice Department. In an extraordinary move last week, federal prosecutors asked Judge Sullivan to throw out their case against Mr. Flynn for lying to F.B.I. agents, two and a half years after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of making false statements to federal authorities.
Judge Sullivan’s move comes after a murky group that claims to be “former Watergate prosecutors” appealed to him to reject the DOJ’s order and to proceed with the already scheduled lynching.
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