Judge's 'treason' insinuation in Flynn case ‘pretty reckless’: Katie Pavlich

Cheryl Sanders
December 21, 2018

Flynn, a former US Army lieutenant-general who served as Trump's national security adviser for less than a month in early 2017, appeared before federal judge Emmett Sullivan in Washington, DC on Tuesday for his sentencing, but ended up requesting a delay.

Last year, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about the contents of his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador to the U.S., during the presidential transition.

Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe has cast a shadow over his presidency.

Trump signaled his continued close interest in the case by tweeting "good luck" to Flynn hours before the sentencing hearing.

The Republican president regularly criticises the U.S. justice department investigation into whether he or his aides colluded with an alleged Russian plot to sway the 2016 United States election in Mr Trump's favour. The new status hearing was set for March 13. The hearing, though incomplete, marked a remarkable fall after a three-decade military career that included Flynn's tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and oversight of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration. In recent comments at the White House, Trump said Flynn's guilt was now in dispute and "I think it's a great thing that the judge is looking into that situation". "The Court should reject the defendant's attempt to minimize the seriousness of those false statements to the FBI", Mueller said."The circumstances of the defendant's interview also show that his decision to make false statements was voluntary and intentional".

But the judge's upbraiding suggested otherwise and made clear that even defendants like Flynn who have cooperated in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation may nonetheless be shadowed by the crimes that brought them into court in the first place.

"Arguably, you sold your country out", Sullivan told Flynn, who was flanked by his attorneys. "I can't hide my disgust, my disdain, at this criminal offense", Sullivan said.

Lawyers for Flynn, who pleaded guilty a year ago to lying to the agency about his Russian Federation contacts, requested the delay during a stunning hearing in which US District Judge Emmet Sullivan gave Flynn a blistering rebuke.

That included portions of the notes from Flynn's January 24, 2017 interview with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

A small group of protesters were outside court, holding a large inflatable rat, while other demonstrators turned out in support of Flynn.

In private meetings he pressured then-FBI director James Comey to pull back the investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation contacts, Comey has testified.

He was also accused of conducting illegal paid lobbying for Turkey during the campaign. But he may have wished to avoid prosecution on other charges, including the crime of failing to file as a foreign agent for Turkey, for which two of his business partners were indicted on Monday. Then Comey was sacked, Mueller was appointed, and Flynn's fortunes changed.

He has told the network that President Donald Trump has minimized what his former counsel Michael Flynn has done.

In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal previous year, Sullivan said the experience inspired him to explicitly remind prosecutors in every criminal case before him of their obligation to provide defendants with favorable evidence. At times, Flynn offered the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents more benign descriptions of what he and Kislyak had said about Russian policy.

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