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Justice Department Attorneys Claim Political Interference in Prosecutorial Decisions

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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Briefs Filed in Flynn Mandamus Appeal

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.

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Court-Appointed Amicus Files Brief in Flynn Case

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.”

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Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Crossfire Hurricane 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.

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Justice Department Submits Brief to Appeals Court in Flynn Case

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.

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