Justice Department points to Trump’s ‘pressure campaign’ to drop Michael Flynn prosecution

On December 18, 2018, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pulled out a vehicle after he arrived for his sentencing hearing in US District Court in Washington.

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A former federal judge filing in court on Friday said that the Justice Department’s unusual attempt to dismiss his prosecution of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was “corrupt and politically motivated” after pressure from President Donald Trump. Looks like

As soon as the harsh words from former Judge John Gleeson came, he stated that the judge in Flynn’s case, Emmet Sullivan, both had the right to reject the Justice Department’s request to drop the case, and should do so and then for the crime of that lie Flynn must be punished. FBI

Gleason, now a lawyer in private practice, was appointed earlier this year by Sullivan to argue against the Department of Justice effort, which is pending in Washington federal court.

In his filing, Gleason wrote that the Justice Department seeks a dismissal in its own record “virtually making no attempt to deny or refute its powerful evidence … the motion improperly corrupted this court’s imprint” , Wants to be on the politically motivated side. For the president’s friend and colleague. ”

Gleeson wrote that the Justice Department has “clearly a corrupt political blunder for the President.”

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general who briefly served as Trump’s national security adviser, pleaded guilty nearly three years ago to lying to FBI agents, a Russian diplomat in the weeks leading up to Trump’s inauguration. Were about their discussion with.

He is yet to be sentenced in the case. For more than a year, he has attempted to undo his sentence by prosecutors and the FBI by arguing misconduct.

The Justice Department had fought against Flynn’s effort several months earlier. But then it was suddenly asked that the case be dismissed.

Timothy Shea, the then Interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, argued in his dismissal request that Flynn’s counter-notification to the FBI interview was not justified by the investigation and that what he said about Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak was not “material” about him. For that investigation.

The request for dismissal in such a case is highly unusual, for which prosecutors have obtained a conviction, and even given the defendant to cooperate in the ongoing investigation, as Flynn did by then special counsel Robert Mueller With his help.

After his sacking, Trump repeatedly criticized Flynn’s prosecution, even though he fired Flynn for lying about Vice President Mike Pence, which he discussed with the court.

Gleeson cited that criticism as he blamed the Department of Justice for failing to mention the impact of Trump’s comments to his own court.

“The government does not disagree with anyone about this – possibly because it cannot. In fact, the government nowhere mentions the personal lobbying of the president, let alone his bizarre attacks on those involved in this prosecution.” Gleason.

“Based solely on evidence in the public’s view, the only consistent explanation for its demonstrative prefixes – along with the government’s highly irregular motions – is that the Justice Department yielded to a pressure campaign led by its political ally is.”

Gleeson also wrote: “The government now has two opportunities to explain why his sudden suspicion that Flynn lied is worthy of trust.”

“It has failed. It is not entitled to leave the court on this basis,” he said.

Gleeson said the record in Flynn’s case is part of a “disturbing sign of improper interference with criminal matters involving the president’s personal and political allies.”

He cited the Justice Department’s intensifying punishment recommendation for Trump’s former campaign member Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress. While trial prosecutors recommended a stricter prison sentence for Stone, his superiors in the Justice Department filed him in an extraordinary court, with a lighter tenure.

Trump had condemned Stone’s prosecution, as he has done with the Flynn case.

Stone received a 40-month prison sentence. But just four days before his scheduled surrender in prison, Trump praised that sentence.

Flynn’s lawyers and the Department of Justice asked a federal appeals court earlier this year to force Sullivan to dismiss the case after it failed to approve the request quickly, and he opposed the bidding Appoints Gleeson to argue for doing.

An appeals court panel ruled in Flynn’s favor, and directed that the case be withdrawn.

But Sullivan appealed that decision. And the full appeals court soon overturned the panel’s ruling, stating that Sullivan should first be allowed to rule on the request for dismissal in one way or another. Flynn can appeal Sullivan’s decision if the judge refuses to bounce the case.

Sullivan hopes to hear arguments on the request for dismissal later this month.

An attorney for Flynn, and a Department of Justice spokesman, did not immediately respond to requests for comment about Gleason’s court filing on Friday.