Federal appeals court orders judge Sullivan to drop charges against Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court has ordered the dismissal of the case against Michael Flynn, a decision that likely ends the long and fraught prosecution of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser.

According to USA Today: In a 2-1 ruling Wednesday, the appeals court panel ordered U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who has been presiding over the prosecution of Flynn, to dismiss the case. The opinion, authored by D.C. Circuit Court Judge Neomi Rao, called Sullivan’s actions –which include appointing a third party to challenge the government’s bid to drop its prosecution of Flynn – “unprecedented intrusions on individual liberty” and on the Justice Department’s prosecutorial powers.

The ruling presents a victory for Flynn, who has accused investigators of entrapping him into committing a crime, although the full court could still review the case. The former Army general pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communications with a former Russian ambassador and later reversed course, claiming investigators lured him into making false statements.

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