Emmet Sullivan: Judge in the Michael Flynn case hired a prominent DC law firm to help appeal| Instant News

This will be a high-profile legal aid in what has been one of the most unusual and polarizing criminal matters in federal court in DC for years.

That The Justice Department agreed with Flynn earlier this month that it must cancel its prosecution for lying to the FBI about the call of the 2016 transitional era with the then Russian ambassador. But Sullivan hesitated, instead of appointing an outside lawyer to refute the Department of Justice’s dismissal request and consider whether Flynn might have committed perjury in his statement in court.
Behind the Justice Department split over Flynn's dismissal
Flynn and DOJ supporters have confirmed that this case cannot proceed if the prosecutor wants to leave. But others, including someone appointed by Sullivan outside, said the judge could punish Flynn because he had already pleaded guilty, and questioned DOJ’s actions as being largely political. Sullivan has set a schedule for storing cases in court at least entering July.

Flynn opposed Sullivan’s plan last week, going directly to the appeals court about the trial court judge. It was then that the appellate panel gave a surprise order for the judge to explain to them on June 1 his attitude and authority over the case.

The Court of Appeals gave Flynn the judge 10 days to respond to the disputed law dismissal case

The small company, Wilkinson Walsh, will write a legal argument on behalf of Sullivan after an appeals court last week gave him an unusual order to retain his authority, the person said.

The three judges appeal panel includes two judges appointed by the Republicans who sympathize with the Trump administration regarding cases related to Mueller’s investigation – and they may be inclined to push back against Sullivan because Republican criticism of judges has grown.

The Washington Post on the first Saturday reported the role of Wilkinson in the Flynn case.

Wilkinson is one of the most prominent litigators in Washington. He rose to try the Oklahoma City bomber prosecutor Timothy McVeigh under the supervision of Merrick Garland Circuit Judge.

Most recently, firm Wilkinson now represented Chief Justice Brett Kavanaugh for the confirmation hearing.

Wilkinson is married to CNN contributor David Gregory.


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