Judge Emmet Sullivan Hires “High-Powered” DC Lawyer to Represent His Interests in Flynn Case…

The Washington Post headline reads (emphasis mine): “Federal judge hires high-powered D.C. attorney to defend his actions in Flynn case.” Which gives some insight into the framework and purpose of this event, and how it reached the WaPo narrative engineers.

The Washington Post is, as an institution, adverse to the interests of Michael Flynn.  So this story, specifically the events behind the story, are written in a posture to aid Judge Sullivan and oppose Flynn.  Keep that in mind (I’ll explain after).

Judge Sullivan has hired a high profile DC lawyer to assist him in responding to the inquires of the DC circuit:

WASHINGTON DC – […] In a rare step that adds to this criminal case’s already unusual path, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan has retained Beth Wilkinson to represent him in defending his decision to a federal appeals court in Washington, according to a person familiar with the hire who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

[…] Wilkinson, known for her top-notch legal skills and get-results style, is expected to file a notice with the court in the coming week about representing the judge. She declined to comment when reached Friday evening. Sullivan also declined to comment through his office.

[…] A federal judge doesn’t typically hire private counsel to respond to an appeals court, and yet so much about Flynn’s case has been a departure from the norm.

[…] Flynn’s lawyers then accused Sullivan of bias and asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to intervene.  On Thursday, that higher court took the extraordinary step of ordering Sullivan to answer within 10 days. The court also invited the Justice Department to comment.

[…] Wilkinson, a go-to advocate for prominent officials snared in major Washington investigations and high-stakes legal battles, now joins the fray. (read more)

I’m not going into the weeds to outline the motives of of Beth Wilkinson.  Suffice to say the reason she is considered ‘high-profile’ or ‘high-powered’ is because of her connections to the DC system; a political system that frequently becomes enmeshed with the legal system.  Beth Wilkinson is well-connected; that’s the part that matters.

A DC judge hiring a well connected lawyer to write his response to a DC circuit court appeals panel is the part that’s interesting.  There’s no guarantee the appeals court will accept such a response; but that’s also another issue.   Bottom line: Judge Sullivan is importing a lawyer to represent his interests.  Very unusual.

CTH readers are smart; aware and smart enough not to get stuck in the weeds; so let’s stay elevated on this and look at the whole picture.  Consider this decision by Judge Emmet Sullivan through the prism of recent events surrounding Flynn:

♦ The DOJ, joined with the defense position and filed an unopposed motion to drop the case against Michael Flynn.

♦ A USAO from Missouri, Jeff Jensen, has discovered a trail of internal evidence pointing toward a corrupt originating prosecution for the case against Flynn.   Mr. Jensen has been revealing those documents and providing them to the court (and defense).

♦ Meanwhile DNI Ric Grenell has declassified and revealed documents showing a corrupt intent by the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) against Michael Flynn.

♦ Just yesterday (5/22/20) the FBI Director announced an internal investigation into officials inside the FBI for wrongful conduct specifically as it relates to a corrupt operation, now discovered and public, against Michael Flynn.

Additionally, we shall not play games and ignore the obvious.

Judge Emmet Sullivan is well aware of the reason why former Judge Rudolph “Rudy” Contreras was recused from the Flynn case; only days after accepting the first plea agreement, and less than 72 hours after the Peter Strzok and Lisa Page text messages publicly surfaced.

Lisa Page: “Rudy is on the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court]! Did you know that?” “Just appointed two months ago””..

Peter Strzok: “I did. We talked about it before and after. I need to get together with him.”…

On November 30th, 2017, Mike Flynn signed a guilty plea; ostensibly admitting lying to investigators.  The plea was accepted by Judge Rudolph “Rudy” Contreras; who is also a FISA court judge.  Six days later, December 7, 2017, Judge Contreras “was recused” from the case without explanation.

If the conflict -which required recusal- existed on December 7, 2017, wouldn’t that same conflict have existed days earlier on November 30th?

The same DC court system now ordering Judge Sullivan to explain his decision-making (circuit), is the same DC court system that previously recused and replaced Judge Contreras from the Flynn case (district).  None of this, including the specific tone of the panel in their order, is disconnected from the larger background.

So when we take everything in total, the decision by Sullivan to hire a high-profile and well connected DC lawyer to represent his interests in the Flynn case…. well, it looks to me like Sullivan just hired himself a defense attorney.

The phase of the “resistance” that federal Judge Emmet Sullivan was participating in, and had a role to play, is now almost totally engulfed in sunlight.  With few options for deniability and justification remaining, Sullivan has hired himself a lawyer.

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918 Responses to Judge Emmet Sullivan Hires “High-Powered” DC Lawyer to Represent His Interests in Flynn Case…

  1. Deborah Fehr says:

    the ego of this judge is stunning! Why cant he just let it go? This will end up being a battle between two high profile Lawyers. Both women…watch out!

    Liked by 3 people

    • gary says:

      no it won’t. the panel will slap down sullivan. i don’t think his lawyer will get to speak to them. the wapo will cover her. they are the ones with the most to lose. flynn cleared is a lawsuit at the wapo of unspeakable size.

      Liked by 4 people

      • The Demon Slick says:

        I believe it indicates that judge Sullivan thinks that the appeals court is not just looking at the legal issues, but also looking at him personally, his conduct.

        Liked by 4 people

    • It’s quite possible the DC Circuit Court will deny Beth Wilkensen’s notice to appear because 1) that is not what the Circuit Court panel of judges instructed Judge Sullivan to do; 2) Judge Sullivan was ORDERED to personally submit a response himself to the Court; 3) this is not a criminal or civil case against Judge Sullivan as a defendant entitled to any representation; and 3) see reason number one again. After the Court denies Beth Wilkensen’s notice to appear, she will still submit her defense pleading – but to the Washington Post. The corrupt media will take it from there.


  2. Although it is Decoration Day and should be a solemn time of remembrance and appreciation, the devil inside me is forcing me to ask someone to finish this statement:

    “First we F Sullivan – then we F ________.”

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  3. sarsfield says:

    I”ll believe the WAPO article when the lawyer files an appearance. u don’t need a high end crim defense atty to brief the legal issues the appellate court wants briefed – rule 48 and the Fokker case. Maybe the idea of hiring the lawyer was leaked to gauge public reaction – like this site.

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  4. Barnestormer says:

    If Sullivan’s main concern were simply to construct a persuasive (or colorably plausible) brief for an appellate panel that specifically cited Fokker and Rule 48, why choose a renowned criminal defense attorney from a boutique trial practice firm, as opposed to experienced appellate counsel?

    The elements of the tort of malicious prosecution include, among others, an outcome of the prosecution favorable to the plaintiff and a lack of probable cause for its initiation. Hasn’t the DoJ already conceded the latter? And wouldn’t Flynn’s dismissal satisfy the former?

    Proof of actual malice would presumably remain to be adduced in order to overcome prosecutorial immunities, but how does the public record look so far?

    And why has DOJ been other than robust in protecting its presumed institutional equities?

    Is Wilkinson Walsh on board to (quietly or otherwise) bring certain institutional consequences to the D.C. Circuit panel’s attention that Lawfare Judge Sullivan fears a customarily reliable DOJ has, ahmm, overlooked in Flynn’s case? Added bonus: apprise Sullivan of his potential exposure?


    • sarsfield says:

      just read shipwreckedcrew’s take on this on Redstate. Really balanced and has a different perspective supporting the idea of a much lower key role for Wilkinson that initially believed – recommended reading in addition to SD’s usual keen analyses.


      • railer says:

        This case is over short of Sullivan making a kamikaze move somehow. So Wilkinson is more damage control and spin than anything, and yes, to protect Sullivan’s interests insofar as they align with the conspirators’.

        But if she can talk him into and set up the kamikaze move, she’d do that too. It could get them through the November election with Flynn still embroiled in a case that should never have been brought, thus tarnishing Trump.


        • Jerry Joe says:

          Or Lawlessfare, through a novel misconstruction, a la Juicey Smoalay in Crook County, is seekIng the same result of getting another prosecutor assigned to re-open the case.


        • Railer is on to something – anything to draw out the case until after the election is the Deep State’s motive. If Sullivan is paying the tab, then it is just to keep HIM out of jail. imo

          Liked by 1 person

        • icanhasbailout says:

          This looks like a kamikaze move. I’ve been looking and have not found a single instance anywhere, any court, any country, where one judge has in the course of his duties hired a lawyer to represent his own court to a higher court.

          It’s category error – an outside lawyer has no possible valid or legal role in internal court operations. Hiring one looks like the first step of a criminal defense strategy.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Barnestormer says:

        Good reference for the climb-down argument. Whether Sullivan decides to escalate or back off, Wilkinson seems well equipped to map out the potential legal consequences of his choice. Some good docket-watching ahead.


    • 1nikao says:

      Is it possible these lawfare judge & his counsel are seeking an opportunity to give the appellate court plausible deniability/appearance of unbiased review and further stretch out the clock?
      I wonder what the appellate court is made-up of? I know at least one has a pretty atrocious partisan record. But, I am not knowledgable enough about the others.
      Continued prayers for Flynn and against the evil works of evil men.


  5. Bill Henslee says:

    Since when does a judge have a personal interest in a case before him—at least in theory. Sullivan should take his tattered reputation and cut a lower profile from now on. I’ m thinking he will be lucky to avoid a investigation under judicial ethics rules and regs.

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  6. DaughterofLiberty says:

    Completely agree with Sundance’s theory that Sullivan is actually hiring a defense attny to begin defending him in ethics proceedings and maybe far worse. I won’t at all be surprised if this dishonorable, prejudiced and unethical jerk ends up resigning – in which case the DS looses another pawn. And then again, the content within these threads may also have something to do:


    Written by someone who seems to have quite a bit of background info (or fantasy).

    Liked by 2 people

    • Johnny Dollar says:


      In the same fantasy league as the claimed lurid contents of the “Weiner Laptop.”


    • JL says:

      I may be totally off base. But did the defense attorney start helping him much sooner? If so, perhaps hiring her may preclude the ability to get their prior communications. I mean, just thinking out loud, the judge would have his clerk draft he order for sanctions that he wants to impose for the so-called perjury. (Which FYI will get kicked on appeal if he does enter it because criminal sanctions are punitive requiring clear malice, which does not apply here for changing plea on advice of new counsel after exculpatory evidence found and DOJ dismissed case.) But getting back to the conundrum of why he hired a personal attorney when his clerk would do the drafting anyway, makes you scratch your head. By hiring the attorney their communications are protected.


  7. scotsamurai says:

    It is rather evident from his desperate actions that the eminent Judge Sullivan seeks to hide some very questionable, likely illegal, actions on his part. Likely, he met ex parte with Obama appointees or Meuller prosecutors. Hiring such a political operative/white collar criminal lawyer as Beth Wilkinson has little to do with Flynn’s criminal case, but rather is a move by Sullivan to defend himself from certain investigation and likely prosecution.


    • As a man thinkth says:

      Scott: and why wouldnt he hire a high priced attorney (on tax payer payroll) to start developing his defense for ethic violations, while outwardly appearing to be working on the response to the appeals court…

      Every aspect of Flynn’s prosecution stinks to high heaven starting with a “cut” from a tapped call, no official transcript, no recording, no Miranda rights, Strozk and Judge no.1, Judge no. 1 recused, lost 302, doctored 302, hidden exculpatory evidence, threatening his son, and a lunatic judge that won’t let go even when the DOJ half heartedly tries to come clean and drops the case…


  8. paintbrushsage says:

    The judge has a legal strategy as well as a judicial strategy. He seems determined to make Gen. Flynn be branded a traitor and pay for that. Even though the special counsel’s office didn’t charge him with that, that is certainly how they presented the case to the judge, which was completely unfair to the plea deal they struck with Gen. Flynn. It is no wonder the General decided to fire his former defense counsel.

    It will be interesting to see how much of the judge’s reasoning back from his infamous court speech against Gen. Flynn will factor into what his attorney will write for him. I expect a lot.

    I too am interested to see how the Contreras recusal comes back to play a part in this case. Many things have been uncovered by sunlight. All of them ugly.


    Clinton aides unite on FBI legal strategy
    Four former staffers have been using the same lawyer during the investigation — suggesting they’re not worried about legal jeopardy.
    By RACHAEL BADE 04/01/2016

    “They’ve hired her because she knows everyone in main Justice,” said Joseph diGenova, a former U.S. attorney-turned-right-leaning legal commentator. “She has very good personal relationships with all the political and career people in the Justice Department, so that’s very smart on their part.”


    • “I too am interested to see how the Contreras recusal comes back to play a part in this case.” Do you think Contreras and Sullivan were taking long hot showers together – or just comparing notes over tea? Either way, they’re wise to seek counsel.

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  9. Cocoon says:

    The process in this trial have dinged our Judicial System for years to come.
    And it just got crazier!
    Why is Flynn so important to these folks? Is it because unlike the others, Flynn did have an official position in Trump Administration? Is it because the tie to Russia?
    Whatever it is, it’s way too much invested for this case alone.


    • Deb says:

      Flynn has been around forever. He knows a lot. He was fired by Obama and the helped get PDJT elected. The left hate him, and they are mostly fueled by hatred and vengeance. That is what communism is all about after all, hating the rich and getting back at them by redistributing their wealth. The Democrats don’t just want to beat us Deplorables, they want to punish us.


  10. jay says:

    Watergate Prosecutors Brief May 22

    They want to weaponize the judicial branch and allow a judge to question the integrity of prosecution.
    They are protecting the Russia Hoax and special counsel. They want to ensure the entire hoax does not unravel before the election. They seek the judicial branch give them credibility.



    • Jan Pauliny-Toth says:

      Having read almost every comment on this subject here, I noticed that many were confused as to which court would be responsible for responding to the writ of mandamus.
      I wonder whether some lesser lawfare jurist made a mistake, and they were all thinking it would go to a DC swamp court?
      The kind of face palm epiphany they felt upon the summons to Sullivan would have been gratifying to observe, were it thus…
      Improbable, but we are dealing with worse than a den of thieves, and they are not infallible.


    • Beau Geste says:

      I do not remember them having been requested by the DC Circuit to submit anything?


      • jay says:

        These are RAT talking points – this little group of coup organizers want to make sure the TV talking heads know how to spin the law.

        And they could not help themselves- they had to cite a case involving the communist party. Just for good measure.

        These RAT bastards will not stop.


  11. Spurwing Plover says:

    What other little secrets dose Sullivan have to hide


  12. Clara says:

    If Sullivan does not agree with how this case has been handled by the DOJ, his ONLY option is to go after the prosecutors. He can cite them for contempt and/or prosecutorial misconduct. He can prohibit Van Grack et al. from bringing future cases to his court. He can do whatever judges routinely do to threaten the law licenses of corrupt and/or incompetent attorneys. He does not have the option of going after the defense. He obviously knows this. That is why this whole thing is so bizarre.


    • railer says:

      Good point. Wilkerson may be on board to protect the Lawfare prosecutors and Mueller, more than anything. If Sullivan dismisses the case, this will be the conspirators’ last chance to formally say anything about Flynn, and they want to get it right, in alignment with the media spin.


  13. wxobserver says:

    Don’t know if this line of thinking has been brought up. It is perhaps too naive but I was wondering…what if Sullivan was pressured into this and was assured the “trick” would work. Those pressuring him may have expected the motion for mandamus but didn’t think it would go anywhere. Now they’re caught out in the open and Sullivan is going back to those who pressured him with “you asked for this, so you fix it”…and maybe that’s where the new atty comes in…can we find out if she is doing this pro bono?


    • Jan Pauliny-Toth says:

      Accidentally posted in wrong thread, here it is again:

      Having read almost every comment on this subject here, I noticed that many were confused as to which court would be responsible for responding to the writ of mandamus.
      I wonder whether some lesser lawfare jurist made a mistake, and they were all thinking it would go to a DC swamp court?
      The kind of face palm epiphany they felt upon the summons to Sullivan would have been gratifying to observe, were it thus…
      Improbable, but we are dealing with worse than a den of thieves, and they are not infallible.


  14. Cocoon says:

    And we are all left wondering, how can a 33 year veteran have two bad Judges appointed to his case? Fro the same District? What are the chances?
    One’s been recused and the other will either need to dismiss or have the case reassigned………again!


    • If the judicial clerks are anything like army clerks – be aware. Many army clerks “ran” the army other than on the battlefield.


      • Alex1689 says:

        Judicial clerks don’t run anything. Especially federal district court clerks. They are fresh out of law school.


    • Beau Geste says:

      maybe the answer is that they are all, or majority, ‘fixers’, because that is what the corrupt congresscritters need to continue to be corrupt?

      For example, an honest judge in the flynn case would not have blocked his own standing Order to produce all Brady material, and would have done his/her judicial ethical duty to question and confirm ‘materiality’ the required element for mis-statements under the fake 18usc1001 law usde to ‘get’ people. An honest judge would have hearings on government threats and extortion of Flynn and his first law firm.

      But ‘judicial honesty’ does not get cases fixed, which is what is needed to maintain the corruption in congress, the DOG/FBI, and the Agency headquarters.


    • icanhasbailout says:

      One thing that has become apparent is that the “random” assignment of judges has an override button somewhere. *Someone* is able to choose the judges they want to hear a case, in defiance of the public presentation of random fairness.


  15. Beau Geste says:

    An advance copy of the sullivan response to the DC Circuit?:

    1. I didn’t say that General Flynn should be prosecuted for Treason. It was a typo. I said he should be congratulated for Reason. The tape is missing, but my court Reporter’s affidavit is attached.
    2. I forgot to confirm ‘materiality” of any mis-statement General Flynn made. I know that it was my ethical responsibility to question the DOJ Prosecutors to confirm ‘materiality’ to a legitimate investigation of any mis-statements flynn was saying he made. I admit I had actual questions I refused to ask. I admit that Flynn could not know ‘materiality’ that did not exist. But hey, nobody is perfect. gimme a break.
    3. I don’t know what mis-statements Flynn was admitting he made about some old phone conversation, compared to the actual recording of the conversation. I forgot to ask. Too much trouble. If I tried to make the prosecution follow my standard Brady order, they could get mad at me, and might investigate rumors that I fixing cases for my sons. Who would want to be investigated by the FBI for no reason? Wait, strike that…But hey, nobody is perfect. C’mon man.
    4. I don’t like having to read the evidence and briefs filed by that Sidney Powell woman. Big words like “extortion”, and long phrases like “conspiracy with Flynn’s prior counsel to deny civil rights to future defendants” It makes my head hurt. Off with her head !!!
    5. Hey, why don’t we all get together as best buds, to just delay this until 2021?

    subscribed and sworn with my fingers crossed
    (his mark X)
    your friend Emmett


  16. ChampagneReady says:

    Sydney Powell is going to make him the eternal poster boy laughing stock of the entire federal bench.

    You have clearly lost your mind and jumped the shark Sullivan.


    • Beau Geste says:

      and the entire DC Circuit when they obfuscate, delay, support corruption and protect the lying and evidence-hiding DOJ/FBI/prosecution scum


      • Beau Geste says:

        right there in Webster’s with a picture next to “crooked kangaroo court”
        some new phases,
        sullivan is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg”
        “as crooked as sullivan”


  17. Regarding: Criminal Action No. 17-232-EGS United States of America v. Michael T. Flynn

    The Honorable Clerk of the Court,

    Regarding the referenced criminal case, We are filing the Joint Amici Curiae Brief with Exhibits A through F in compliance with suspension of rules per se promulgated by the Order Appointing Amicus Curiae shown as Docket number 205 by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, with a copy at Exhibit A of the Subject notarized Original, Duplicate with two copies and certificate of service; and We Amici Curiae: Christopher Earl Strunk and Harold William Van Allen in propria persona, for simplicity we are the Ad Hoc New Yorker Republican Committee with fax 845-331-1925 located at 351 North Road Hurley NY 12443. On May 14, 2020, We served our Notice of Intent to file upon the Defendants Counsel(s) a copy shown at Exhibit F, and We have not received an objection.

    Accordingly, We request that our submission be presented to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan with the duplicate to Special Master John Gleeson for permission to file.


    • Beau Geste says:

      sullivan doesn’t know who this fancy foreign “propria persona” guy is, but it must be real legal-like, so he will sign it:

      I am the royal judge, jury and executioner,
      (his mark X)


  18. strateshooter says:

    this guy Sullivan is almost certainly corrupt.
    He MUST be being blackmailed to do this.
    He is throwing away a lifetime reputation on a sure loss and on forcing a blatant act of injustice and legal terrorism
    they must have pics of him screwing the pooch….or his son screwing the pooch…whatever.
    No other sensible explanation possible to my mind.


    • Matt Bracken says:

      I think it’s a combination of 2 factors:
      1. Creeping dementia. Sullivan”s losing his mental acuity.
      2. Trying to defend Obama, the first “clean articulate” [half-black, like himself] POTUS from the coming storm.


    • MTeresa says:

      Do you know what is really fascinating? His personal information is completely scrubbed on the internet. No information about his family…………..his SONS.

      How is that possible you ask?

      Yes, inquiring minds, like mine would like to know.

      Hmmmmm – it might be worth it for some super duper sleuth detectives to do some diggin.


  19. Matt Bracken says:

    Strzok, who was Brennan’s CIA / FBI cut out, uses the intel agent expression Cover for Action to describe his meeting with Contreras, indicating a guilty mindset and knowledge of illegality. And he even makes a joke about it to page, on the device texts he never knew would be retained and exposed.

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  20. jay says:

    I think I understand what is happening here. Sully opened the flood gates to allow leftists to influence public opinion, produce multiple talking points, and justify the train wreck that is about to occur as evidence of the shenanigans the BHO administration orchestrated become public. BHO’s phone call is behind this effort – I.e. His “rule of law” line woke up all these sleeper cells. This show is damage control. That’s why the judge needs a lawyer because he is f^%#ing with the court and violating a defendant’s rights.

    Laurence Tribe brief

    Click to access Amicus-Barr-Flynn-Draft-5-22-20-final-final.pdf


  21. Alex1689 says:

    Why hire David Gregory’s well-connected wife? Multiple reasons, but I would start with secure communication.

    If the forces opposed to Flynn had complete freedom of operation and communication, they would not be reduced to communicating by “leaked” Obama directions about perjury or Washington Post “editorials” about why Flynn’s case should not be dismissed. These actions indicate they believe they are being surveilled – subject to Title III warrants or FISA (although for the moment, I think the FISA authority lapsed?). They know the security surveillance state they helped create captures all normal methods of communication except interpersonal communications inside secure locations.

    Given his behavior, it is clear Judge Sullivan is an asset. Whose exactly is unknown, but for sure at least BHO/HRC. How does Judge Sullivan get instructions and/or advice without having to broadcast it to the whole world by putting it on Twitter or in the pages of the Washington Post?
    Answer: Person to person. Obviously, BHO cannot meet with Sullivan personally. But Judge Sullivan’s attorney can meet with him personally and no one will blink an eye. Ger communications with husband David Gregory of CNN are subject to marital privilege, and occur in a house that is most likely as secure as it can be, given his job(s). David Gregory in the course of his “reporting” job talks to everyone you might want to talk to in the usual picture. Secure line of communication.

    The desperation is obvious from exactly how far out on the chopping block Sullivan has now stuck his otherwise beneath the horizon line neck. He must want reassurance that there is some end in sight where it does not get chopped off, plus information on moves to assist.


  22. Alex1689 says:

    BTW, let’s talk a little bit about Judge Emmett Sullivan, shall we?

    Up until the last year or two, Judge Sullivan has been the very epitome of establishment success. In the African American and D.C. bar, he is an eminence grise. Never a whiff of scandal, appointments to numerous benches by every President from Reagan to Clinton. If there is a bar award, he has received it. He is so long-serving, and so active in the bar associations and on judicial panels, that to suggest that he is dirty would be like suggesting the sun rises in the west. Flat out unthinkable, until just now. If you were to even suggest it to any D.C. lawyer, no one would listen to you past your second sentence. His reputation proceeds him, and protects him. But now, well, now we have to re-evaluate his whole career, don’t we?

    Let’s start with understanding the various judicial bodies in the District of Columbia, because it is confusing. First, there is the equivalent of the state court system. That is the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. It includes all of the normal state judicial system functions – criminal cases, probate cases, tax cases, family law cases, civil disputes. Any appeal from a decision of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia goes to the D.C. Court of Appeals.

    Separate and apart from local legal matters, there is a federal court for the District of the District of Columbia (the District Court). Any appeal from a decision of the federal District Court goes to the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, which is just like the Second Circuit or the Ninth Circuit, except that it isn’t really: It is understood to be the bullpen for Supreme Court appointments. Have a look at SCOTUS appointments for the last forty years. See how many Justices were elevated from the D.C. Circuit.

    How important is the judicial system in D.C. for TPTB? Any criminal conduct in Washington D.C. goes through one of the following gateways: D.C. Metropolitan Department (trial in the Superior Court), U.S. Park Police (there is a lot of D.C. area where the U.S. Park Police have primary jurisdiction – U.S. Park Police have the same authority to make arrests as the D.C. Metropolitan P.C.) and/or FBI (trial in District Court for D.C. for violations of federal laws).

    The DC judicial system is both a chokepoint and a control mechanism for the political elites. If there were one set of courts in the U.S. that you would want to control if you were playing dirty pool on a large national scale, you would choose the local and the federal D.C. Courts. Judge Sullivan has served on every single one of them except the federal Circuit Court – he served on the Superior Court (’84 – ’91, Reagan), D.C. Court of Appeals (’91 to ’94’, Bush), and District Court for D.C. (’94-present, Clinton). He served in every single division of Superior Court, often as head of the division. As a graduate of Howard University, he was a natural for the local bench as the District fully took authority over its own affairs under Home Rule (starting in 1973). No one doubted he earned that District Court judge spot on the federal bench – he was well known, well-liked, and very respected. Bush got a “diversity boost” for his judicial appointment record. Any advancement would be chalked up to the combination of being African-American, “local boy makes good,” and a hard worker who checked all the right boxes (both race and bar) in lots and lots of ways. No one would have asked themselves: “How did Emmett Sullivan get appointed? Something must be screwy.” As noted, not a whiff of suspicion would have attached.

    Notably, Judge Sullivan continues to exert selection authority over the local court judges. According to his U.S. Courts page he has had a long tenure “on the Judicial Disabilities and Tenure Commission and the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission. 2005-2020: Current Chair of the Judicial Nomination Commission. The Judicial Nomination Commission recommends candidates to the President of the United States for judicial appointment to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and also appoints the Chief Judges for both courts. Judge Sullivan also serves on the Non-Appropriated Funds Committee.”

    Bottom line: If you want to become a judge in D.C., you had better have the nod from Judge Sullivan. If you want non-appropriated funds? Hmm.

    In effect, Judge Sullivan is a walking choke point on the entire District of Columbia court system. How valuable is that to someone as corrupt as James Comey and/or HRC and/or Bill Clinton? Incredibly valuable. Especially if your nose is so clean and your reputation such a fixed star in the firmament that no one, literally no one, will question your actions.

    Until you do something as crazy as try to appoint your own prosecutor that is.

    So how bad do things have to be that the anti-Flynn forces have sacrificed the equivalent of a Bishop? That is what they have done by forcing Sullivan to break cover to this degree – even though they are only buying themselves time. It must be that they think they can break the onslaught in the next 30 days somehow (unless they really do have Justice Roberts compromised – will they sacrifice him too if it comes to that?) Even people who live striving every day to pretend not to know all the things they know will have a hard time ignoring the unprecedented, jaw-dropping judicial misconduct here.

    They have sacrificed a prize piece on the chess board. Conclusion: Flynn is an existential threat to everything. Every dirty deed for the last several decades may come writhing out from under the rocks he is going to turn over. It’s going to be very, very ugly. That’s why they are pulling out every single piece, even the previously hidden ones.


    • jay says:

      Look over the opening pages in the Laurence Tribe amici brief. It reads as
      A Who’s who among legal scholars. All of them are cheering the ‘hanging’ of an innocent man named Flynn. If they could rewrite the last year they would personally prosecute and convict Flynn for Treason – just to shut him up and save their pride.

      Shame on them.

      History, when written, cannot not look kindly on these men or their motives.


    • rocketride says:

      And that’s why I’m sure none of these critters will see justice by ordinary, legal means.


  23. Alex1689 says:

    By the way, and completely off topic of any Sullivans, if the internet rumor that either a guy named Emmet III or a guy named Erik was arrested 8 years ago (in 2012) for the assault of a 13 year old girl that left her hospitalized and unable to have children, but that was no papered in D.C. Superior Court shortly thereafter, has any grain of truth underlying it (not suggesting it is true, just noting a rumor that might be utterly baseless but that is out there on the interwebs), this guy right here:


    would probably have been a very valuable person to know, you know?

    “In June 2002, Newsham was promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which included the Internal Affairs Division, Civil Rights and Force Investigation Division and Compliance Monitoring Team, responsible for overseeing the MPD’s Memorandum of Agreement with the US Department of Justice.”

    “Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Newsham Interim Chief of Police on September 15, 2016; he was named Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department on February 23, 2017 and sworn in on May 2, 2017.”

    Nice appointment to Police Chief in September 2016, right as Chief Lanier got that really, really sweet deal with the NFL. Makes you think hard about what events, even what murders, occurred in the District in the summer of 2016 that kind of got deep-sixed in a really strange way . . . . and what kinds of carrots or sticks might have been in sight when that happened.

    In the meantime, over the course of a police officer’s 30 year career, a LOT of African American teenage girls disappeared, especially from South East DC:


    Not to worry, they were probably all runaways:


    Interesting that if you search missing black teenage girls on Googler, there was a very concerted multi-MSM push in March 2017 to “de-bunk” the concern about black girls going missing in D.C. No there there, you can be sure. Because you heard that everywhere, all at once, from sources you trust. And that’s not suspicious at all.

    However, Jesse Liu and Peter Newsham appear to have sprung into action right after the headlines about missing black girls shined a spotlight on the issue. Whew. All is well with the world now, because some people are actually being prosecuted for their sex trafficking crimes.


    Who knew?


  24. rocketride says:

    When the JUDGE lawyers up, you know the trial was a farce all along.


  25. Doug Edwards says:

    Whose interests does Beth Wilkerson represent? Can a judge subcontract out a court’s required response to a higher court? Does Judge Sullivan have any legitimate personal interests. Wouldn’t any personal interests, by definition, represent bias? As others have asked, who is paying her bill? It seems there are a lot of unanswered questions, and few if any potential good answers.


    • jay says:

      Look at list of canons. I don’t see how a reasonable person can look the other way. Someone finally gave Sully a copy of the Regs but a day late – he truly has lost his way.
      The smell of improprieties reaches across the nation. He has NOT performed his duties and the circuit court wants to know why. He has not acted independently given he sought a political hack as amicus. And he behavior indicates political support for the RATS. I don’t see how he will survive this and if the courts and bar do nothing we are the ones who will be screwed because if a judge cannot be held to obey the law – then who???


      Canon 1: A Judge Should Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
      Canon 2: A Judge Should Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety in All Activities
      Canon 3: A Judge Should Perform the Duties of the Office Fairly, Impartially and Diligently
      Canon 4: A Judge May Engage in Extrajudicial Activities That are Consistent With the Obligations of Judicial Office
      Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain From Political Activity
      Compliance with the Code of Conduct
      Applicable Date of Compliance


  26. Jojodmonkey says:

    Sullivan should be made to reimburse the American tax payers for this bullschitt stunt!
    It is time for the arrest and prosecution of the corrupt communist traitor Sullivan!


  27. Stuart Miller says:

    I am unaware of any statute that allows spending taxpayer dollars in an attorney to do what the Court of Appeals ordered the judge to do himself. If the judge paid for the attorney himself, it raises even more ethical questions as specifics of the case would need to be disclosed to a non-party outsider.


  28. Jim Wilkins says:

    Sullivan maintains the when General Flynn copped to a faulty guilty plea he lied to the court. The good General was not charged with lying to the court – rather with lying to investigators. The DOJ has decided to drop the charge of lying to investigators. No one has filed a charge of lying to the court. Sullivan cannot do it. Only investigators can. He doesn’t have a case.


  29. Cocoon says:

    Sullivan has been purposefully extending the Flynn case and at the same time, controlling the outcome in his Court.
    Curiously, the Judge who insists on Brady, after seeing proof his orders for Brady were not executed by Van Grack, does not hold the prosecutor accountable?
    And one week after Barack Obama stated publicly Flynn needs to held account for perjury, there is the same word/accusation if Sullivan’s statement?
    Flynn has plead guilty to a charge without the benefit of seeing the original 302 or the original tape of his call? Why would a learned man plead guilty without seeing or forcing prosecutors to furnish same?


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