DOJ moves to dismiss Flynn case following pardon

Source: The Hill | November 30, 2020 | Harper Neidig

The Department of Justice on Monday moved to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn as moot following President Trump’s pardon of his former national security adviser.

A federal judge had been considering whether to allow the DOJ to drop its charges against Flynn despite him pleading guilty early on in the case.

The move to suddenly drop charges against Flynn in May sparked controversy over whether the administration had intervened in a prosecution against one of Trump’s allies.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan appointed an outside counsel to argue against letting prosecutors drop the case and set a briefing schedule over whether the move should be allowed.

The case was further delayed when Flynn’s legal team filed an emergency appeal asking a higher court to force Sullivan to dismiss the charges. An appeals court ultimately ruled against Flynn’s petition and sent the case back to Sullivan.


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