We’re not sure what took them so long, but some on a full federal appeals court are concerned about Emmet Sullivan’s bias in the Kafkaesque Michael Flynn case.
Ronald Reagan famously quipped that the closest thing we’ll ever see resembling eternity on this Earth is a government program – but it’s safe to say that “the Michael Flynn trial” also qualifies.
After the Department of Justice announced that they would be dropping their criminal case against Flynn in May, Judge Sullivan appointed an outsider to serve as an amicus curaae to present arguments against the DOJ’s motion to dismiss. The man, John Gleeson, without a hint of irony blasted the DOJ’s motion as a “gross abuse” of power. Two weeks after that a federal appeals court ordered Sullivan to grant the DOJ’s request to drop charges against Flynn. A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals approved Flynn’s petition to intervene in the case after a district court judge had tapped an outside counsel to argue against the DOJ’s move. In response, Sullivan appealed to the Circuit Court for an en banc hearing, and oral arguments were scheduled for August 11th, which are going on as I write.