Judge Who Must Sign off on Flynn Release Once Said He Was Disgusted by General’s Actions
In November of 2016, General Michael Flynn became Donald Trump’s first National Security Adviser. He did not last long in the position. The President fired Flynn in February of 2017 claiming that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence.
The troubles continued for Flynn who soon came under FBI investigation. In December of 2017, the General pleaded guilty to lying to the Bureau. Despite that guilty plea, William Barr’s Department of Justice has moved to drop the charges against Flynn. Before that happens, though, the motion must be approved by Judge Emmet Sullivan.
It can be clear that Sullivan is no fan of the actions Flynn pled guilty to. During a 2018 hearing, the judge told the General, “I am not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense. Arguably, you sold your country out.”
Now it’s Sullivan’s signature that will be required for the DOJ’s motion to go through. Legal experts think that the judge will have plenty of questions.
Seth Waxman, a former federal prosecutor said, “If Judge Sullivan wanted to he could conduct an inquiry and start asking a lot of questions.”
Channing Phillips, who served as a U.S. attorney under Obama, opined, “I can guarantee you, he is going to question the prosecutors. He is going to want to understand exactly the basis for this motion … You have a new attorney general. You have a new U.S. attorney. You have new prosecutors who take a different position. But the facts haven’t changed.”
Donald Trump has already come out as a big fan of the Department of Justice’s move. He tweeted on Friday morning, “Yesterday was a BIG day for Justice in the USA. Congratulations to General Flynn, and many others. I do believe there is MUCH more to come! Dirty Cops and Crooked Politicians do not go well together!”
Yesterday was a BIG day for Justice in the USA. Congratulations to General Flynn, and many others. I do believe there is MUCH more to come! Dirty Cops and Crooked Politicians do not go well together!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2020