President Donald Trump’s foes appear to be hell-bent on sending Michael Flynn to jail — and they may just get their wish.
The judge in Flynn’s case put a Justice Department effort to drop the case against him on hold Wednesday — despite evidence that Flynn was the target of a politically motivated set up — and appointed an apparently prejudiced former judge to decide whether Flynn should be let go or be held in criminal contempt for perjury, Politico reported.
Flynn dismissal on hold
According to NPR, Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to investigators about contacts he had with a Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. He later attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, and the DOJ sought to dismiss the case against him last week, arguing that there was no basis for the FBI to have interviewed Flynn in January 2017, The Washington Post reported.
Supporters of Flynn agree that the interview was likely a perjury trap meant to railroad the retired general and that it was part of a conspiracy to target the Trump presidency.
But the DOJ’s efforts to secure justice for Flynn were placed on hold Wednesday when the judge in the case, Emmet Sullivan, handpicked a seemingly biased former judge to help him resolve the case.
Sullivan selected a former federal judge from New York, John Gleeson, to weigh in on the possible dismissal of the case and whether Flynn should be held in criminal contempt for perjury because of his earlier guilty plea, according to Fox News.
The news cheered those who stand in opposition to Trump — including former President Barack Obama, who claimed last week that the move to drop Flynn’s case represents a deeply unusual affront to justice that threatens the rule of law, as National Review reported.
Unfortunately for Flynn, Gleeson also appears to be of one mind with Sullivan — who once blasted Flynn as a traitor to his country, according to CNBC — and the baying hounds in the media calling for Flynn to be punished.
As the drama over Flynn’s case unfolded this week, Gleeson wrote an opinion piece in The Washington Post calling the motion to dismiss “virtually unheard of” and something that “reeks of improper political influence.”
However, Flynn’s allies say that it is Flynn who is the victim of a political abuse of power. The basis for charging Flynn with perjury appears to be that he previously plead guilty, twice, to lying — but new evidence has continued to surface that the FBI interviewed Flynn without cause and that the former Trump adviser was being closely watched by outgoing President Barack Obama.
On Wednesday, a list of Obama officials who demanded Flynn’s “unmasking” was revealed, adding to speculation over what role Obama might have played in an alleged plot to entrap Flynn and spy on the incoming administration.
In light of these developments, it looks as though the “Deep State” may now be operating from the federal bench as well.