Judge in Michael Flynn case hires prominent DC law firm to help with appeal

Judge in Michael Flynn case hires prominent DC law firm to help with appeal

US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is overseeing former national security adviser Michael Flynn's criminal lying case, has retained a Washignton, DC, law firm run by well-known trial lawyer Beth Wilkinson to help him respond to the appeals court about the Flynn case, according to a person familiar with the arrangement. It'll be a high profile legal assist in what's become one of the most unusual and polarizing criminal matters in DC federal court in years. The Justice Department earlier this month agreed with Flynn that it should drop his prosecution for lying to the FBI about his 2016 transition-era calls with the then-Russian ambassador. But Sullivan has hesitated, instead appointing an outside lawyer to argue against the Justice Department's dismissal request and weigh whether Flynn may have committed perjury in his statements to the court. Flynn and DOJ-backers have asserted that the case can't continue if prosecutors want to abandon it. But others, including Sullivan's outside appointee, have said the judge could sentence Flynn since he already pleaded guilty, and have questioned the DOJ's move as a largely political one. Sullivan has set a schedule to keep the case in court at least into July. Flynn challenged Sullivan's plans last week, going directly to the appeals court about the trial-level judge. That's when an appellate panel gave the surprising order for the judge to explain to them by June 1 his stance and his power over the case. The small firm, Wilkinson Walsh, will ...
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