Trump Administration Pushes Hard For Court To Dismiss Flynn Case
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Since the beginning of the FBI’s Russian collusion investigation, members of President Trump’s campaign have been subject to questionable tactics committed by individuals in the intelligence committee throughout the entirety of their probe. Michael Flynn, the former National Security Adviser under President Trump, had been specifically targeted by officials on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team, which eventually led to his name being leaked to the media after he was charged with lying to law enforcement while being questioned by the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials in 2016.
Although an abundance of new information has been revealed proving General Flynn’s innocence in recent weeks, some individuals are going to extraordinary efforts to continue the investigation against Michael Flynn. Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan, the judge presiding over the criminal case, issued a controversial ruling earlier this month demanding that a former federal judge appear in court to offer arguments as to why the Justice Department should refuse to drop the case.
In direct defiance of the Justice Department, federal judge Emmet Sullivan even went as far to suggest that Michael Flynn be thrown in jail for perjury in the ruling.
Because members of President Trump’s officials are being unfairly targeted by members of the FBI, lawyers on the Trump administration were forced to pressure the appeals court to demand that the judge allow the Justice Department to drop charges.
Check out what the Washington Examiner reported below:
Trump administration lawyers called on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to instruct the judge presiding over retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s case to allow the Justice Department to drop its charges against the former Trump national security adviser.
Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the top litigator for the executive branch, filed a 45-page brief with the appeals court on Monday, asking its judges to agree with the petition for writ of mandamus filed by Flynn’s defense team and to tell Judge Emmet Sullivan to allow the Justice Department to dismiss. The solicitor general was joined in his brief by acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. Michael Sherwin, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn Ballantine, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, and other top Trump administration lawyers.
“The Constitution vests in the Executive Branch the power to decide when — and when not — to prosecute potential crimes. Exercising that Article II power here, the Executive filed a motion to dismiss the indictment, and petitioner consented,” Francisco told the appeals court. “Despite that exercise of prosecutorial discretion, and the lack of any remaining Article III controversy between the parties, the district court failed to grant the motion and bring the case to a close. It instead appointed an amicus curiae to argue against dismissal and to consider additional criminal charges. This Court should issue a writ of mandamus compelling dismissal.”
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been battling the charges filed against him for several years, but his arguments really began to gain traction after the Director of National Intelligence declassified documents revealing that FBI agents attempted to “get him to lie” or “get him fired” during questioning, and the Justice Department made a stunning reversal in the case last month shortly after, suggesting that the charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation be dropped.
The Director of National Intelligence also declassified documents showing that top members of the Obama administration requested his unmasking, which ultimately allowed his name to be leaked to the media.
As pressure continues to mount against federal judge Emmet Sullivan, the charges against Michael Flynn are expected to be dropped in just a matter of a few weeks, especially with the newfound help from lawyers on President Trump’s administration.
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