The never-ending saga involving former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has taken yet another turn.
Roughly two weeks ago, the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit ordered Judge Sullivan, who’s overseeing Flynn’s case, to respond to an appeal that Flynn’s legal team had filed.
Flynn’s team appealed to have Sullivan replaced and have the case dismissed by June 1.
Sullivan responded by filing a brief with the appeals court defending his decision not to immediately approve the Justice Department’s request to dismiss its criminal case against Flynn, CBS News reported.
In the brief, Sullivan’s lawyer, Beth Wilkinson, pointed out the unusual aspects of the case and argued for allowing Sullivan to review the request before ruling on it.
Rather than drop the case, Sullivan also designated John Gleeson, a former judge appointed by President Bill Clinton, to review the case and present an argument as to why the charges should not be dropped against Flynn.
“Flynn’s attorneys asked the federal appeals court to order Sullivan to grant the department’s request and dismiss the case. But Sullivan urged the appeals court to stay out of the case until he has a chance to study the dismissal request,” CBS News reported.
So, in other words, it does not seem as if Sullivan plans to drop the case against Flynn but instead seems more determined than ever before to ensure the former Army lieutenant goes to prison.
Sullivan may end up granting the Justice Department’s motion to drop the case, but he seems to be dragging this out for a little longer, which has angered many people.
Last month, the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss its criminal case against Flynn following recently presented documents.
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.”
Here’s more on the explosive new documents released:
Handwritten notes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that had been inappropriately 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.”
In the handwritten FBI notes, the note-taker, whose identity was not made clear in the document production, wrote that an alternate goal is to “get [Flynn] to admit breaking the Logan Act,” a reference to a 1799 law restricting communications between private citizens and foreign governments.
House Intelligence Committee ranking Republican Rep. Devin Nunes also revealed over the weekend that the FBI’s original interview summary with Flynn is “missing.”
That’s a very big deal and could finally result in Flynn getting his freedom back — if Sullivan will stop dragging the case out and drop the bogus case once and for all.