Retired Judge to Examine If Michael Flynn Should Be Held in Contempt, Challenge DOJ's Bid to Drop Case
May 13, 2020
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Retired judge to examine if Michael Flynn should be held in contempt, challenge DOJ's bid to drop case
WASHINGTON – A retired federal judge has been tapped to challenge the Justice Department's bid to abandon the prosecution of Michael Flynn and to address whether the former national security adviser committed perjury after claiming innocence from a crime he had earlier admitted.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Wednesday appointed John Gleeson, a former federal judge in New York's Eastern District in Brooklyn, to challenge the Justice Department's motion to dismiss the case against Flynn.
Gleeson,who recently criticized the Justice Department's handling of Flynn's case, will also examine whether the parties should be forced to persuade Sullivan that the former adviser to President Donald Trump should not be held in contempt for perjury.
Gleeson's appointment is the first clear indication that Sullivan is considering punishing Flynn for pleading guilty and then reversing course. The retired judge was appointed just a day after Sullivan delayed ruling on the government's request to drop Flynn's case. Sullivan on Tuesday said he will allow outside parties to challenge the government's position.