The judge overseeing Michael Flynn’s case on Tuesday put a halt to the Justice Department’s efforts to dismiss the case against the former national security adviser for lying to the FBI. Judge Emmet Sullivan said he wasn’t ready to make a decision on the case. Instead, he wanted to allow amicus curiae – friend of the court – briefs from outside groups.
“Given the current posture of this case, the Court anticipates that individuals and organizations will seek leave of the Court to file amicus curiae briefs pursuant to Local Civil Rule 7(o),” the judge wrote.
Sullivan’s decision is the latest twist in an extraordinary development in Flynn’s fight to undo his decision to plead guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017. Flynn admitted that he lied to FBI agents who visited him at the White House in an interview that took place just days after Trump took office. The FBI agents reported that Flynn denied speaking about his pre-inauguration contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, contradicting intercepts of those conversations captured by the intelligence community.
Trump fired him after Flynn repeated those positions to Vice President Mike Pence, and he later aided special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as part of his plea agreement.
But Flynn reversed his posture last year, accusing the government of misconduct and moving to withdraw his guilty plea.
Amid efforts to unravel the plea, Justice Department leaders reversed course and decided to drop the case against Flynn, citing improper actions by the FBI in its decision to interview Flynn in the first place. The career prosecutor assigned to the case, Brandon van Grack, withdrew, and the department’s notice to Judge Sullivan was signed only by a close ally of Attorney General William Barr.
Grassley: It’s Time We Find Out What Biden Knew About Targeting General Flynn
Former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley took to the Senate floor this week demanding more information about the previous administration’s targeting of General Michael Flynn.
“The public knows a lot more than it did in 2017 when the news first broke about the Flynn case. For example, we know that on January 4, 2017, the FBI wrote a closing memorandum on Flynn, who was codenamed Crossfire Razor by the FBI, that said the Intelligence Community could find no derogatory information on him,” Grassley said.
“On January 5, 2017, the day after [Peter] Strzok moved to keep the Flynn case open, President Obama met with Director Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Vice President Biden, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice. In that meeting they briefed Obama on the Russia investigation. It’s unclear to what extent they discussed the details of the investigation amongst each other. Given all that we know now regarding the fake foundation to the inquiry, it’s time we asked: what did Obama and Biden know and when did they know it?” he continued.
During his tenure in the Oval Office, President Obama regularly and corruptly used the power of the federal government to go after his opponents, political and otherwise. He targeted leaders of Tea Party organizations with the IRS and used the Department of Justice to put media sources in prison.
During his remarks, Grassley also went after disgraced FBI Director James Comey and those who worked under his command.
“Under Comey’s leadership, the FBI abused governmental power in ways the Founders and Framers feared most. The Russia investigation is a textbook example of what not to do. At every step of the investigation, the government sought evidence to advance it, never got the evidence they needed, and advanced the investigation anyway,” he said. “That is an abuse of power.”
You can watch Grassley’s entire floor speech below.