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Judge invites outside input on Flynn case

by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/13/20, 11:44 am

The federal judge presiding over Michael Flynn’s case did not immediately accept the U.S. Department of Justice’s motion to drop charges against the former national security adviser. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan decided on Tuesday to allow outside individuals and organizations to submit amicus briefs.

What does this mean for Flynn? Such friend-of-the-court briefs are rare in criminal cases. The move likely will delay Flynn’s potential exoneration. The Justice Department said the judge should drop the charges after recently unsealed documents showed FBI agents entrapped Flynn. In December 2017, he pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about conversations he had with a Russian diplomat about U.S. sanctions on Russia. The case became a prominent milestone in the investigation into whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. An attorney for Flynn argued that the judge should not consider outside individuals’ views on the case.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew about the documents’ new revelations in the Flynn case.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Thu, 05/14/2020 01:02 am

    This is an example of a corrupt judge going to extreme measures to continue a lie by the Dems that Trump colluded with the Russians. This narrative has been pushed for years now, as I stated it would when it first started. As Fox News reported years ago about this story, many (including World Magazine) laughed it off as a conspiracy theory.  The reality was that the real Russian collusion was between the Democrats, Hillary Clinton and the corrupt liberal MSM. The level of corruption went to the highest levels of the Obama administration including Biden and Obama. It will be interesting to watch how World Magazine will report on this after all these years of ignoring this story. I hope and pray that the reporters will have the humility to acknowledge that they were AWOL and should have reported on the Fox News story years ago. 

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    Posted: Sat, 05/16/2020 12:47 pm

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