Flynn judge grants long list of motions despite Trump’s pardon

Emmet Sullivan, the judge handling the case of Michael Flynn continued to grant a long list of motions to outside groups asking to weigh in on the Justice Department’s motion to drop the case against retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn despite President Trump’s pardon.

Per Megan Mineiro “Judge Sullivan on #Flynn’s case just granted a lineup of requests to file friend-of-the-court briefs in the wake of Trump granting a pardon to the former national security adviser.”

She added “a group of Watergate prosecutors and Dems on the House Judiciary Committee are among the parties granted leave to file amicus briefs. The requests Sullivan has granted were filed in late Sept/early Oct before Trump signed Flynn’s pardon.”

Per the Washington Examiner “The schedule indicates the judge, Emmet Sullivan, will stall on dismissing the case even after President Trump granted his former national security adviser a full pardon late last month.”

The report adds “Appearing to ignore the Justice Department’s request for the case “immediately” to be dismissed, the judge, who has been involved in the Flynn case since December 2017, instead moved forward with further debate, with the district court docket showing more than a dozen groups had now been given the green light on amicus briefs they asked permission to file weeks ago.”

“The President granted General Flynn ‘a full and unconditional pardon’ for (1) the charge of making false statements to Federal investigators … (2) any and all possible offenses arising from the facts set forth in the Information and Statement of Offense … (3) any and all possible offenses within the investigatory authority or jurisdiction of the Special Counsel … and (4) any and all possible offenses arising out of facts and circumstances … related to the investigation of the Special Counsel,” the Justice Department told the court at the end of November, adding that “no further proceedings are necessary or appropriate, as the Court must immediately dismiss the case with prejudice.”