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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Michael Flynn's sentencing judge Wednesday asked a former federal judge to explore whether Trump's former national security adviser should face a contempt hearing for perjury after he pleaded guilty to a crime for which he now claims to be innocent. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan also asked retired New York federal Judge John Gleeson to make a nonbinding recommendation whether to order Flynn, who pleaded guilty to a crime and now claims innocence, to explain why he should not be found in criminal contempt for lying under oath in his guilty plea.

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This should be very interesting, but I think that it's all essentially for naught.

Trump is not going to let Flynn face federal adjudication for his crimes, full stop. I predict that he'll pardon Flynn in the very near future and absolutely before this judge is allowed to file his recommendations.

Trump is coming dangerously close to forcing the federal judiciary to finally clip his wings, imo. If he short circuits the Flynn process by further victimizing himself against the judgements and rulings of federal judges by shutting it down by pardon, perhaps that will finally be viewed as a bridge too far.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-13 07:28 PM | Reply

DOJ interviewed Priestap prior to dropping the Flynn case.

They excluded the interview in their motion.

Priestap claims they lied about his stance as well as the context of the notes.

twitter.com

Ex-F.B.I. Official Is Said to Undercut Justice Dept. Effort to Drop Flynn Case

Prosecutors questioned a former F.B.I. official whose notes were used to buttress their motion to dismiss the charge against the president's first national security adviser.

"If it is accurate that the F.B.I. official provided context around those notes, which is materially different from what they suggest, this could be a game changer in terms of how the court views the motivations behind the request to dismiss the case," said Edward Y. Kim, a former federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

www.nytimes.com
https://dnyuz.com/2020/05/13/ex-f-b-i-official-is-said-to-undercut-justice-dept-effort-to-drop- flynn-case/
Or try this link:

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-13 08:22 PM | Reply

Here ya go:

dnyuz.com

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-13 08:23 PM | Reply

"Trump is coming dangerously close to forcing the federal judiciary to finally clip his wings, imo. If he short circuits the Flynn process by further victimizing himself against the judgements and rulings of federal judges by shutting it down by pardon, perhaps that will finally be viewed as a bridge too far."

Might be time to clip Barr's wings too, I reckon, if he is attempting to disingenuously pull another legal fast one. He has a bad habit of mischaracterizing cases in ways that are oh, so helpful to Trump.

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-05-13 08:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm watching a former AUSA talking about what Judge Sullivan has actually done. Sullivan has basically one-upped Barr and the DOJ in calling for this recommendation.

As he explained it, Flynn admitted twice, in court, under oath that he lied to the FBI. Now the DOJ is saying that Flynn's lie wasn't materially based and wants to drop the charges.

However, Judge Sullivan is now looking to bring possible perjury charges against Flynn for giving his guilty plea under oath - since now Flynn says that he's innocent of the lying to the FBI charges to which he plead guilty.

Bottom line: If Flynn wants the court to rule that he didn't commit a prosecutable lie when questioned by the FBI, then the court is looking into whether his under-oath plea was a perjury before the court - a charge the judge has the power to indict.

Not only that, the fact finding surrounding this issue will bring Flynn's illegal conduct with Turkey squarely into the public consciousness, including his involvement in a kidnapping plot.

Judge Sullivan is forcing Flynn's hand and it couldn't be more deserved considering the circumstances.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-13 09:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

People like Judge Sullivan and countless others who actually adhere to the Oath of Office are literally the only reason our country isn't yet a Banana Republic.

I remember when I was a kid thinking how easy it must be to just lie when you swear the oath of office.

Guess I wasn't the only kid who figured it out.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-13 11:40 PM | Reply

I wonder why Sullivan picked an experienced anti Mob judge.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-14 02:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I predict that he'll pardon Flynn in the very near future and absolutely before this judge is allowed to file his recommendations.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-13 07:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe, but it's obvious that Trump is trying not to leave fingerprints on this if he can.

The country is better off if the dictator acts right out in the open now.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-14 08:25 AM | Reply

Judge Sullivan is a Bush appointee. Wasn't it great when presidents nominated judges based on their qualifications and ratings rather than the likelihood that they'll rule against workers rights, find in favor of gerrymandered districts and voter suppression and of course overturn Roe.

#9 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-14 01:11 PM | Reply

Trump is not going to let Flynn face federal adjudication for his crimes, full stop. I predict that he'll pardon Flynn in the very near future and absolutely before this judge is allowed to file his recommendations.

Of course. But this is not all for nothing.

Barr was trying to insulate Trump from the scrutiny that would follow a pardon of a traitor who lied to the FBI about selling American foreign policy to the Russians.

By pushing the envelope, and potentially even sentencing Flynn for criminal contempt, Judge Sullivan is forcing DOJ to take a hard look at what they're doing and may even be shifting the burden back on Trump to issue a pardon.

In the grand scheme of things, Trump pardoning Flynn is peanuts (though it would consume any normal presidency). But Sullivan's refusal to be part of this mockery leaves the judiciary in better standing than it otherwise would be in.

#10 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-14 01:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Judge Sullivan is a Bush appointee.

Correct, but Reagan chose him first.

He was appointed to the bench of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals as an Associate Judge in 1992 by President George H. W. Bush and to the federal bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.[3]

en.wikipedia.org

When I look at that list I see a judge who had to be well respected on both sides of the aisle as both qualified and incompetent to have been chosen independently by three different Presidents of both parties.

It's hard to imagine bipartisan elevation of any judge would fly these days.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-14 01:27 PM | Reply

Correction: qualified and COMPETENT.

Sorry.

#12 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-14 01:29 PM | Reply

Re #10

Well put.

It's all about accountability.

Our leaders need to be held accountable for their actions.

Just like the rest of us.

Being accountable for their actions is something Humpy and the deplorables just hate.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-14 02:45 PM | Reply

Correction: qualified and COMPETENT.

Sorry.

#12 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

Doh!

I hate how one little typo can Totally mess up an otherwise excellent post.

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-05-14 02:47 PM | Reply

#14

After further thought, I believe I really was trying to say that Sullivan was impartial, not simply competent. But I fully agree. I wish there was a user edit function.

#15 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-05-14 04:23 PM | Reply

No one tell JeffJ! He'll have a damn mental breakdown!

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-15 05:37 PM | Reply

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