The New York Times reports:
The federal judge overseeing the case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn appointed a hard-charging former prosecutor and judge late on Wednesday to oppose the Justice Department’s effort to drop the case and to explore a perjury charge against Mr. Flynn.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s appointment of the former judge, John Gleeson, was an extraordinary move in a case with acute political overtones. Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty twice to lying to investigators as part of a larger inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
The Justice Department declined to comment. Judge Gleeson did not respond to a request for comment. Judge Sullivan had said on Tuesday that he would consider briefs from outsiders known as amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” who opposed the government’s request to dismiss the case against Mr. Flynn.
Lindsey Graham told us he will call DOJ officials to come before his panel to explain rationale for seeking to drop Flynn case.
Graham said he wants to ask: “Why did you decide not to prosecute him? I mean I think it was a good decision but the country needs to hear their reason”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 13, 2020
Don’t lose the plot. We’re hearing retreads of stuff from two three and four years ago because the White House really wants to move on from the pandemic which will soon have killed 100,000 Americans and has cratered the national economy.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 13, 2020
The latest right-wing attempt to gin up a fictitious scandal would be laughable if it weren’t actually a grotesque attempt to distract from 83,000 American deaths and counting while a criminally inept president rage tweets and interjects helpful suggestions like drinking bleach.
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) May 13, 2020
🚨🚨🚨SCOOP: I have obtained the name of the person who told a federal court that Michael Flynn is guilty: Michael Flynn.
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) May 13, 2020