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.
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 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.
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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