It appears the Flynn legal saga might finally be over. The Justice Department dropped its charges against the former Trump official months ago.
But an Obama-appointed judge delayed closing the case, in a rare move to find “friends of the court” to argue against it.
Flynn’s lawyers appealed to end the trial. And now a D.C. court of appeals is ordering Judge Sullivan to drop the case:
A federal appeals court ordered a lower-court judge Wednesday to dismiss the criminal case against Michael Flynn, who briefly served as President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor before being investigated and prosecuted for lying to FBI agents.
Why is this order so important?
The Justice Department dropped the case against Flynn, claiming the original investigation against him was not justified.
The accusation that he lied to the FBI wasn’t originally backed by the agency itself. Others suggest Flynn was pressured to issue a guilty plea, which he later withdrew.
Conservatives and Trump supporters long held that the case against Flynn was part of the deep state’s larger campaign to push the “Russian collusion” probe. They maintain that Flynn was set up in an effort to paint Trump as a Russian puppet.
With the appeals court’s ruling, it brings to an end a long chapter in an attempt to apparently undermine the Trump administration by going after Michael Flynn without sufficient justification.
The president himself was quick to celebrate the ruling:
Great! Appeals Court Upholds Justice Departments Request To Drop Criminal Case Against General Michael Flynn!
- A federal appeals court ordered a lower court to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn.
- Obama-appointed Judge Sullivan initially refused to dismiss the case, although the DOJ dropped the charges.
- President Trump and other conservatives were quick to celebrate the ruling as a win.