Lawyer Appointed By Judge In Flynn Case Requests Oral Arguments Over DOJ’s Motion To Dismiss

Written by Martin Walsh

The federal judge overseeing the criminal case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is refusing to drop the case against the retired Army lieutenant.

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss its criminal case against Flynn.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia — who is overseeing the case — is required to either drop the charges or decline the DOJ’s motion to dismiss.

Last week, On Tuesday, Sullivan opened the door for legal experts and other outside parties to oppose the DOJ’s motion to drop the case, which itself is virtually unheard of for a federal judge.

Sullivan appointed a retired judge appointed by former President Bill Clinton to oversee a process whereby “interested parties” get to file amicus briefs to “weigh in” on the case.

Even more bizarre, John Gleeson — the Clinton judge — will get to argue against allowing the DOJ to drop the matter.

Here’s the kicker: Gleeson’s argument is not coming for weeks, meaning Flynn’s justice will be delayed even further.

Why delay this even further? What reason could there be for dragging this out even longer?

Some think this is a delay tactic to keep Flynn punished and run out the clock until Joe Biden possibly wins the November election and takes over the DOJ.

Needless to say, Flynn’s legal team was beyond angered by Sullivan’s decision to invite a public discussion of the DOJ’s decision to drop the charges.

“This court has consistently — on twenty-four (24) previous occasions — summarily refused to permit any third party to inject themselves or their views into this case,” Flynn’s legal team wrote in a motion filed after the judge’s order. “Only the Department of Justice and the defense can be heard.”

“Former prosecutors are all free to submit opinion pieces to assorted media outlets — as many have already done — but this court is not a forum for their alleged special interest,” Flynn’s lawyers wrote.

The DOJ filed its motion to dismiss the charges following newly released documents about the FBI’s handling of the Flynn case.

In the newly released documents, we learned that the FBI had drawn up paperwork to close the case against Flynn, but fired agent Peter Strzok made a last-minute move to keep it open.

Handwritten notes from the FBI — which were withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years — show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

House Intelligence Committee ranking Republican Rep. Devin Nunes also revealed over the weekend that the FBI’s original interview summary with Flynn is “missing.”

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