General Michael Flynn is in one heck of a predicament at the moment, but the fate awaiting the judge in his case may be even more worrisome.
Flynn has been embroiled in a long and scandalous case in which he was charged with lying to the FBI during Robert Mueller’s RussiaGate investigation back in 2017. Over the course of the last few weeks, however, it was revealed through previously classified handwritten notes that the FBI agents who spoke to Flynn were considering tricking the highly decorated military man into lying to them in order to make a case.
The Department of Justice immediately dropped the case against Flynn after this revelation went public, but Judge Emmet Sullivan has prolonged the General’s exoneration with a series of untraditional maneuvers.
It now appears as though Sullivan has begun to realize the error of his ways.
Former Whitewater deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg told “Bill Hemmer Reports” Tuesday that the Michael Flynn case judge’s “highly unprecedented” move to hire a personal attorney could indicate that he’s “in trouble.”
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s decision to retain high-profile attorney Beth Wilkinson comes as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reviews Sullivan’s order not to immediately grant the Justice Department’s request to dismiss its case against the former national security adviser.
The appeals court directed Sullivan last week to respond to a writ of mandamus request by Flynn’s lawyers by June 1, and invited the government to respond “in its discretion within the same 10-day period.”
“I think what they’re [U.S. appeals court] saying, [is] ‘Judge, what are you doing? You better explain what you’re doing,'” Wisenberg said. “I interpret it as a flashing neon sign … a wake-up call to him [to] explain what you’re about because the moves he’s made have been very, very unusual.”
When a WaterGate lawyer begins to chime in on the trouble you’re in, you can bet that it’s pretty serious.
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