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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

A former judge selected to advise on a path forward in the criminal case against Michael Flynn is accusing the Justice Department of exercising a "gross abuse of prosecutorial power" to protect an ally of President Donald Trump, distorting known facts and legal principles to shield Flynn from a jail sentence.

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... "The facts surrounding the filing of the Government's motion constitute clear evidence of gross prosecutorial abuse. They reveal an unconvincing effort to disguise as legitimate a decision to dismiss that is based solely on the fact that Flynn is a political ally of President Trump," ...

Ouch.

But it is really no surprise, given AG Barr's DoJ.

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#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-10 01:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

One difficult aspect of Barr's professional opinions are that he changes them depending on the political affiliation of the person he is dealing with. That seems to be the case here.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-06-10 02:17 PM | Reply

It's a shame JeffJ isn't still around so he can tell us about all the new evidence...

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-06-10 02:38 PM | Reply

Barr has been summoned to appear before Judge Reggie Walton to explain his statements preceding the redacted Mueller Report as well. The hearing is scheduled for July 20th and can last as long as 3 days, if necessary:

Having reviewed the unredacted version of the Mueller Report, the Court cannot assess the merits of certain redactions without further representations from the Department. However, because the Court must discuss the substance of the redactions with the Department, and because such a discussion cannot occur remotely due to the lack of a secure connection between the Court and the Department necessary to avoid disclosure of the redacted information, and in light of Chief Judge Howell's May 26, 2020 Order, In re: Further Extension of Postponed Court Proceedings in Standing Order 20-9 and Limiting Court Operations in Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Standing Order No. 20-29 (BAH), it is hereby ORDERED that the status conference currently scheduled for June 18, 2020, is VACATED.

#4 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-06-10 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

His review wasn't properly predicated.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-10 02:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#5 ...His review wasn't properly predicated. ...

While I do try to keep up, sometimes I get lost.

Can you explain...

1) who "his" refers to?

2) what do you mean by "predicated?"

thx.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-10 03:08 PM | Reply

Snoffy is trolling JeffJ. Whenever a repub is caught, the investigation wasn't properly predicated and the investigators demonstrated egregious malfeasance because reasons. All GOP crimes should not be punished.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2020-06-10 03:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

(I used the Funny tag to indicate actual humor, as opposed to the typical ironic usage here)

#8 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-06-10 03:18 PM | Reply

@#7

OK, makes more sense now.

thx for the follow up.



#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-10 03:25 PM | Reply

The Obama DOJ must be investigated for the Fast and Furious disaster. Eric Holder, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker must testify!
--An up-coming entry to the Trump Tweet account

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2020-06-10 03:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 5

Maybe Trump should step in and declare Judge Gleeson's comments null and void and then go shopping for a new amicus curiae. Surely there's one for sale. Maybe he could appoint Judge Jeanine from Fox! He just has to be sure to buy her a bottle of vodka first.

#11 | Posted by cbob at 2020-06-10 03:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

You'd think Trump would be impeached for subterfuge such as this. I mean, what sort of malfeasance would it take to...oh yeah. Republicans are nutless.

#12 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2020-06-10 04:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I would have gotten away with my dastardly scheme if it wasn't for those damn deep state kids.
- Barr

#13 | Posted by bored at 2020-06-10 04:59 PM | Reply

Having just finished reading this brief, and as a former litigator, i gotta say that the DOJ just got reamed. This is an extremely well-written and borderline entertaining read (i say borderline because you have to be a certain kind of dork to have fun reading something like this).

#14 | Posted by JOE at 2020-06-10 05:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's a shame JeffJ ...

#3 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

What happened to JeffJ?

#15 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-06-10 05:17 PM | Reply

Loved this part:

The reasons offered by the Government are so irregular, and so obviously pretextual, that they are deficient. Moreover, the facts surrounding the filing of the Government's motion constitute clear evidence of gross prosecutorial abuse. They reveal an unconvincing effort to disguise as legitimate a decision to dismiss that is based solely on the fact that Flynn is a political ally of President Trump.

#16 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-10 05:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

LEE_THE_AGENT-you'd think they'd at least go after Barr, given Judge Gleeson's vehemence in describing Barr's actions.

#17 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2020-06-10 05:31 PM | Reply

What happened to JeffJ?
#15 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

He was groomed by white nationalists from a young age?

Oh, you're asking why he went away. Nevermind. Don't know, don't much care. Good riddance to bad rubbish. There's not an honest political bone in his body.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-10 07:22 PM | Reply

Trump will have the last laugh, unfortunately. His decision to pardon is unassailable.

I understand that the good guys are trying to correct a miscarriage of justice by the DOJ, however,

Flynn's going to get pardoned anyway so what's the sense in going through all these legal gymnastics, except maybe establish a record of who did what and why.

We all know that if Trump gets a second term he intends to put Flynn back on the payroll. Isn't what this is rally all about?

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-06-10 07:38 PM | Reply

What happened to JeffJ?
#15 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT

He tugged on Superman's cape once too often.

#20 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-06-10 08:19 PM | Reply

I secretly hope RCade was threatened with a lawsuit from Dos Equis beer. Money talked, JeffJ walked.
But I'm pretty sure it's just because he's a relentlessly polite supporter of every Neo-Nazi policy imaginable.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-06-10 09:37 PM | Reply

SNOOFY

He didn't have anybody here fooled.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-06-11 07:07 AM | Reply

If Jeff was here, he'd probably quote something like this:

"Very troubled by Durham probe findings." A.G. Bill Barr

twitter.com

(without referencing Trump of course).

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-06-11 08:28 AM | Reply

Trump will have the last laugh, unfortunately. His decision to pardon is unassailable.

#19 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

Yeah...but to get a pardon, you admit to the crimes.

There's also some question about whether you can get a blanket pardon for unspecified crimes. So technically the new administration could charge Flynn with other crimes and if Flynn declares he has a pardon from those crimes, he is admitting he accepted guilt of those crimes.

#24 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-06-11 12:32 PM | Reply

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