Michael Flynn’s Legal Team Files Brief to Remove Judge Prolonging Trial After Charges Dropped
The legal team for retired three-star Army general and former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is filing a brief to remove Judge Emmet Sullivan from Flynn’s process crimes trial. Sullivan is prolonging the trial after the Department of Justice dropped charges of lying to the FBI against Flynn, citing new revelations of misconduct exposing the investigation into the Trump administration official as little more than a fishing operation.
Judge Sullivan has refused to order a cessation to Flynn’s federal trial, a highly unusual move by a judge in a situation where the Department of Justice has withdrawn its prosecution of the decorated veteran. The judge has essentially taken on the role of prosecutor, prolonging the trial to allow partisan liberal legal groups to file complaints regarding the outcome of the trial.
Sullivan is also considering holding Flynn in contempt of court for having changed his original guilty plea to not guilty after more than a year of court proceedings.
As a result, Flynn lawyer Sidney Powell has filed an emergency writ of mandamus seeking Judge Sullivan’s replacement and the immediate termination of court proceedings that are typically associated with the dismissal of criminal charges by the prosecution. Powell is pointing to questionable conduct on the part of the Democratic-affiliated federal judge, including a bizarre and outlandish description of Flynn as having “sold out his country” for forgetting the contents of his negotiations with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during a fishing interview with the FBI.
Powell cites precedent establishing that “the government has near-absolute power under [the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure] to extinguish a case that it has brought,” reminding the court system that powers of the prosecution rest with the appropriate federal authorities, not judges.
It’s time for the malicious witch hunt prosecution of a decorated American patriot to come to an end.