On June 23, two Department of Justice attorneys released written statements ahead of testimony tomorrow at a House Judiciary Committee hearing concerning political interference and threats to prosecutorial independence at the Department of Justice.
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Both Michael Flynn and the Department of Justice on June 17 filed briefs in the case of the former national security adviser that respond to a court-appointed amicus who argued the U.S. District Court judge should reject the government's motion to drop charges.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals asks whether it should order a district judge to stop, stand up and salute when Attorney General William Barr tells him to drop the case against Michael Flynn.
The Justice Department argues that Rule 48(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure gives the judge in Michael Flynn’s case little leeway in dismissing the case against him. New research shows that the history behind this argument is wrong.
Michael Flynn, federal prosecutors and U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan on Wednesday, June 10 all filed reply briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding whether the appeals court should force Sullivan to drop the case against President Trump’s former national security advisor.
Flynn’s attorneys and the Department of Justice both argued the D.C. Circuit should compel Sullivan to grant prosecutors’ motion to withdraw charges, while Sullivan argued the case is not yet ready for appellate review.
John Gleeson on June 10 filed a brief arguing the government’s motion to dismiss charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn should be dismissed. Gleeson, a former U.S. district judge, was appointed by the court as an amicus curiae on May 13, 2020, to present arguments in opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss. In the brief, Gleeson argues “the Government’s statement of reasons for seeking dismissal is pretextual” and “there is clear evidence of a gross abuse of prosecutorial power.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee sees exactly what the country is yearning for right now: another investigation of the origins of the Russia investigation.
On Wednesday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first in a series of hearings on oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. The committee heard testimony from Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general.
You can watch a livestream of the hearing here.
The Justice Department on Monday, June 1 filed a brief urging the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to force district court judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. That move came after the Justice Department moved to drop a charge against Flynn, who previously pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, and Sullivan declined to immediately abandon the case.