WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U. S. appeals court on Thursday instructed the judge presiding over the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn to respond to a petition in which Flynn asked the appellate court to toss the charges.
The U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit gave District Judge Emmet Sullivan 10 days to respond to an emergency petition filed by Flynn’s lawyers seeking to force Sullivan to grant a Justice Department request to dismiss the case.
The department, in a major reversal, on May 7 asked Sullivan to drop the charges, drawing accusations from Democrats and retired career prosecutors that Attorney General William Barr was politicizing the U. S. criminal justice system to go light on Trump’s friends and associates.
A retired Army lieutenant general who also advised Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying... (Read more)
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