On Wednesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the case against Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Sullivan was seeking to reexamine the Justice Department’s (DOJ) March decision to drop charges against Flynn, who was accused of illegal involvement with Russia.
The Left – who believes Flynn is guilty of collusion with Russia and points out that he confessed his involvement – thinks the decision fails to uphold justice. It is believed that Attorney General William Barr is “too quick to side with the president” and it was written of Judge Neomi Rao, who decided the case, that the “most brazenly partisan judicial appointee has come through for the president once again.” Federal defense Attorney Nick Oberheiden wrote that the Court’s decision will set a dangerous precedence and “jeopardize other cases and investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.”
“But in this case, there is substantial reason to question the government’s conduct… the decision to drop the Flynn case is not simply business as usual. It reeks of political manipulation at the highest levels of the United States government.Editorial board, Washington Post
Sen. Kamala Harris: “When you look at somebody like a Michael Flynn who pled guilty to two counts and because he’s Donald Trump’s boy and Bill Barr is the hand of the President, he gets off… People who have access to power get off.” pic.twitter.com/B1eIauLOnY— The Hill (@thehill) May 25, 2020
The Right, who agrees with the DOJ that Flynn did nothing wrong and was bullied into “confessing,” thinks the decision upholds justice. The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote that the appeals court judges “deserve credit for a courageous decision that restrains a lower court when it exceeds its constitutional authority,” noting that Judge Sullivan went out of his jurisdiction by reinvestigating Flynn’s case.
“The DOJ concluded that there had been no basis for the FBI to investigate Flynn, and therefore that any alleged misstatement he’d made in a January 24, 2017, interview could not have been material to a legitimate government investigation, as the false-statements statute requires.”Andrew C. McCarthy, contributing editor for National Review
USA Today columnist Jonathan Turley wrote that Sullivan’s actions in the case were no threat to President Trump, but rather a threat to “the administration of justice in our court system.”
We know the government abused its power to prosecute Flynn. Now we need to know how high up the abuse went. pic.twitter.com/h3DZJeiFWc— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) May 14, 2020