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. TwoLaine says:

    HIS INTERESTS? He doesn’t have any interests. Dude, get over it!

    #LockHimUp

    Liked by 27 people

    • lotbusyexec says:

      I’m an editor at heart 😉 #LockHimUpNOW!

      Liked by 14 people

      • TwoLaine says:

        Works for me. I will keep you on the short list!

        Liked by 4 people

        • J Gottfred says:

          If it was not racist, I’d say, “Hang him,” –the judge that is. See Reserved55 below.

          Liked by 1 person

          • TwoLaine says:

            I don’t know what his punishment should be, but it is quite clear he should not be on the bench any longer.

            Liked by 14 people

            • J Gottfred says:

              You always have to strike back and push these deep staters until their bias or backers reveal themselves. This is one game that is going to go to the final penalty shot!

              God Bless and give Flynn and Powell the strength they need to persevere.

              Liked by 13 people

              • Bill Durham says:

                Bill the cleaner Barr gave wray, the FBI, doj, van grack, and the judge a gift. Barr drops the Flynn charges, the corruption is hidden, and everyone can blame Trump for being a dictator. Instead Lawfare blows it up and they end up exposing corrupt acts, expedite declass, confirm Radcliff, and stay does damage control. Are we sure Lawfare is not working for POTUS???? Everytime they get involved Trump wins another battle…

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                • J Gottfred says:

                  You should consider changing your name to “Bull Durham!”

                  –“Bull Durham, released [32\ years ago …, not only changed the nature of sports films, it changed the way we look at and talk about sports.”

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                • Robert Smith says:

                  A twitter personality used to say Trump has judas goats working on the other side.

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            • That’s my take on this. We don’t need to lock up Judge Sullivan. He does need to be relieved of his duties, however. Good Lord!

              Since when does a judge need to hire a personal attorney to represent his interests?? What personal interests does any judge have in the cases being heard before their courts? Whatever happened to saying, “I’ll take it under advisement and return with my decision.”

              Why did Judge Sullivan further politicize this trial with his ruling asking for amicus curiae? What the HELL goes on here?

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          • Bill Durham says:

            I think I got this. Hint- it’s option 3
            1- he hired her for possible criminal conduct. Nope
            2- he hired her to defend his judicial rulings. Nope
            3- he is concerned that he may have been sloppy with his email correspondence and contacts with Lawfare and Gleeson. If he had inappropriate contacts and a paper trail indicating bias towards Flynn or POTUS he has problems. The lawyer maybe early attempt to prevent any questions about his backdoor contact with Lawfare and Gleeson. He wants to avoid answering any questions from the appeals to or Sidney. No appearance, no written response, no request for emails. Perhaps they all got too chatty and Sully doesn’t want an ethics issue.

            Liked by 9 people

            • Rotor says:

              His emails might shed some light on why Obama said Flynn had been charged with Perjury, when he wasn’t, days before Sullivan announced he wanted to charge him with perjury.

              Liked by 5 people

            • Bird Watcher says:

              If Number 3, his solution is to just go ahead and dismiss the case. Why does anyone hire a criminal defense attny? Because they have been charged with a crime, or are afraid they might be. So I vote for number 1.

              Liked by 4 people

            • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

              How bout this one…

              Sullivan already had SEEN the Jensen material and possibly has it hidden under seal

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    • guybee55 says:

      Does he face legal consequences for obstructing justice? Would be interesting for all liberal judges to see what happens if they subvert justice.

      Liked by 8 people

      • TwoLaine says:

        They charged a whole lot of people surrounding and including President TRUMP with obstructing justice, so I would think the reverse should surely be within reason. But I think that will be for Sidney and Flynn to go after.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Bill Durham says:

          His actions in Flynn case happened right after Obama sent up the bat signal, the wapo article, and the amicus brief. That didn’t happen organically. The coordinated and Sully doesn’t want to expose any of that contact. There is a paper trail. He could have ethics issue that Sidney Powell can exploit.

          Liked by 8 people

          • TwoLaine says:

            Or, as Ricky would say, You gots some splainin’ to do.

            Liked by 5 people

          • BitterC says:

            Seems to me if that were the case, he would return to court on Tues & say after studying the case law more thoroughly over the holiday wknd, oooops, my bad, case dismissed.

            This lawyer of his is gonna file some counter motion. There is now no question in my mind that the Deep State wants to drag the Flynn case along into the election for some reason. Perhaps nothing more than to force Trump to pardon him?

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    • An says:

      Sullivan was ORDERED to respond personally. He was not told to use an amicus. Does this even count?

      Liked by 12 people

      • Trog Luddite says:

        Technically, this isn’t amicus (a friend of the court) offering an opinion that the two parties in litigation might not be addressing. If she is “filing a notice” (of appearance), she is trying to appear as the judge’s lawyer – as if the judge is a party to the case.

        My (wholly uninformed) guess – the Circuit Court rejects any filing by her as the judge is not a party to the case. The judge may use her to ghost write something, but it sounds like the Circuit Court wants his John Hancock on the line.

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        • Newhere says:

          I agree (also wholly uniformed, obviously!).

          Sullivan is attempting to abandon the core, Constitutional structure of adversarial judicial proceedings, wherein competing INTERESTS are represented by counsel before a neutral ARBITER — a judge who occupies that position because of public trust in HIS judgment and discernment; judges are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

          It is the JUDGE’S voice that matters. His reasoning and conclusions, orders and decisions, carry the day and thus are subject to scrutiny. As noted he has no “interests” to defend; what’s at issue is HIS reasoning and judgment — not that of a private lawyer on his behalf.

          That Sullivan has postured himself as an adversary to the interests of both the DOJ and the citizen accused says everything. He is not behaving like a judge.

          I hope the DC Circuit excoriates him.

          Liked by 14 people

      • TwoLaine says:

        Good question. I guess it all depends on what the meaning of is is. 😉

        Liked by 1 person

    • Sullivan can only be removed by impeachment, which will never happen in the Democrat controlled House and almost divided Senate, or by resignation. Looks like he’s in for a fight!

      Liked by 3 people

    • ezpz2 says:

      Exactly!
      By definition, a judge is supposed to be impartial. ‘His interests’ should never be a factor on the bench or in a courtroom.

      Liked by 6 people

  2. Brian Baker says:

    Lawyer up, judge Sullivan.

    Liked by 14 people

  3. merlintobie says:

    Who’s paying? the taxpayers?

    Liked by 12 people

  4. I agree 100% he has hired legal counsel for questions he has no answers for

    Liked by 10 people

    • Raptors2020 says:

      He must feel Flynn will have grounds to sue him.

      Well, if anybody would know..

      It’s nice to learn that, even after spending $15 million on a global warming-proof beach house, Obama still has the money to pay ole Emmett’s legal bills.

      Liked by 6 people

  5. alliwantissometruth says:

    Wow. A judge hiring a lawyer to defend his interests in a case he’s presiding over

    We’ve officially entered the Twilight Zone

    Liked by 48 people

  6. TwoLaine says:

    This guy’s picture will be in the dictionary next to activist judge.

    Has Roberts called him out yet?

    Liked by 6 people

    • lotbusyexec says:

      I am still wondering what in the hell they have over his head? Child porn, affair, sex photos, drug dealings… Whatever it is it must be truly awful/evil. Our white horse is a coming.

      Liked by 11 people

    • revarmegeddontthunderbird says:

      It wouldn’t surprise me if Roberts advising him.

      Liked by 3 people

    • revarmegeddontthunderbird says:

      It wouldn’t surprise me if Roberts advising him.

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    • sarasotosfan says:

      This may well be bigger than just Sullivan. Imagine if the FISA Court including Roberts is involved.

      Liked by 6 people

      • TwoLaine says:

        Nah. If that were the case Sullivan would have done the right thing, and dismissed the case with prejudice. Unless Sullivan is after Roberts too.

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    • Roger Duroid says:

      not likely – roberts is scared sh&%$#ss that his “problems” will be exposed if he interferes in the wrong way.

      Liked by 3 people

      • TwoLaine says:

        His problems, Sullivan & Co, have already been exposed, as they have all over the country in countless activist judge rulings.

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    • billinlv says:

      Supreme Court Justice John Roberts will be advising Beth Wilkinson on the finer points of law (and law fare) as she embarks on defending Judge Sullivan. Wilkinson and Roberts will be teaming up to defend the indefensible, which of course it what lawyering is all about in FUSA circa 2020. David Gregory will be covering all the action and will be filing live reports as breaking news happens. The corruption, criminality and depravity are so deep and so profound that every cell in your body will attempt to reject this reality.

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  7. sync says:

    Who is paying for Sullivan’s attorney?

    Liked by 2 people

  8. The_Ace says:

    Sullivan is acting like someone who’s being blackmailed by the IC.

    He’s acting desperate and bizarre…. for no apparent reason.

    Liked by 12 people

    • Tl Howard says:

      Okay, I’m lost.
      How does Flynn being exonerated and the case being dropped incriminate Sullivan (any more than his odd behavior already does, anyway?)

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      • Tl Howard says:

        “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.”

        But was that “resistance” up until about 10 days ago when the DOJ delivered their “We’re dropping the case” letter going to land him in any legal jeopardy?

        Seems it wasn’t, but after his antics post-DOJ letter, yes. Why did he take it this far?

        Liked by 2 people

        • jahealy says:

          I have the same questions bopping around in my very tired mind.

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        • Dar Adal says:

          Yeah, that’s where I’m am. All he had to do was follow the law and grant the motion to dismiss, and everybody goes home. Instead, he instigates all this with his amicus requests, and now this!

          Liked by 1 person

          • Robert Smith says:

            I guess Sullivan just can’t because it is not in the interest of the DeepState. I am skeptical of the more fanciful extreme views of the DeepState reach, but this is surely an example of it. Sullivan surely knew doing what he did was not a good career move..

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      • Zorro says:

        It might not incriminate him but the “pretend not to know things” part marks him as corrupt or incompetent to anyone with a brain. So anyone that’s not a D or MSM.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      His Majesty is not happy. That must be fixed. Sullivan has his marching orders but is old and apparently weak-kneed.

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  9. Reserved55 says:

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  10. DeWalt says:

    This is getting good. Hope the Court makes Sullivan do his own homework. This judge stuck his neck out longer than a soft shell turtle.

    Liked by 12 people

  11. gerkmonster says:

    Totally Bizarre.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. And I do hope the SOB has to pay for his high priced lawyer OUT OF HIS OWN DAMN POCKET. Let HIM see what it’s like to be on the other side of the scales of “Justice.”

    Liked by 17 people

  13. gerkmonster says:

    Totally Bizarre. If somebody wrote this in a fiction novel, it would be rejected because nobody would believe it.

    Liked by 7 people

  14. Johnny says:

    I hope at least 2 of 3 judges humiliate this robe wearing tyrant.
    He is threatning our Constitution and this country

    He can not be allowed to set a precedent as the lawyers call it.

    Our government is pushing us faster and harder to an armed conflict on our soil for the second time.

    God please help us cage the evil in our government.

    Liked by 9 people

    • James Carpenter aka "Felix" says:

      One thing for sure… you would NOT like to be in Sullivan’s shoes. When the Titanic went down,death took members of the aristocracy as well as stokers and third class.
      The “rich and famous” did not look upon the sinking as a grand shot of being remembered well so much as a menu of bad and worse choices.
      Sullivan is not stupid. And as the band plays on, he has made his choice.

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  15. sync says:

    Beth Wilkinson is also the lawyer to Summer Zervos in her defamation case against Trump, and she is representing former Clinton aide Cheryl Mills in a DC Circuit dispute over a deposition in a FOIA case

    Liked by 9 people

  16. Johnny says:

    I hope at least 2 of 3 judges humiliate this robe wearing tyrant.
    He is threatning our Constitution and this country

    He can not be allowed to set a precedent as the lawyers call it.

    Our government is pushing us faster and harder to an armed conflict on our soil for the second time.

    God please help us cage the evil in our government.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. doofusdawg says:

    So the judiciary branch of the federal government hired a private law firm to fight the judiciary branch of the federal government… and there are actually people with a third grade education ok with this.

    Liked by 9 people

  18. Mortimer says:

    SO basically, WaPo is spinning the hiring of Beth Wilkinson to make it SEEM to be about Flynn and fighting his motion to dismiss, but it is really just Sullivan lawyering up in advance of what may come at him personally?

    BTW, I assume Ms. Wilkinson will be working at NO CHARGE to Judge Sullivan …. paid for by others?

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  19. So now he has both appointed a judge/prosecutor and hired a prosecutor/lawyer to help him comply with what we all know, and he knows we know, he must do.
    I hope emmit, you were not up to sumit!! In chicken speak of course…

    Liked by 2 people

  20. lieutenantm says:

    Can You imagine what sorts of things “somebody” must know about this Judge…..for him to take these extraordinary and career crushing risks?

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Joshua2415 says:

    This is without a doubt the damnedest thing I’ve ever seen in a court of law. A trial judge hiring a defense attorney for a case he is still presiding over????

    Liked by 12 people

  22. TreeperInTraining says:

    It’s an intriguing turn of events.

    This precedent setting judge does seem to be hiring defense counsel.

    There’s a strange letter directed to this Judge making its’ way around the net. If half of what’s in it is true…then I understand the need for a good defense.

    To my knowledge, none of the letter is verified. It reads like a blackmail letter. I hesitate to post it here unless AdRem or Sundance give me the nod. Don’t want to taint the board.

    All said….Trump sure woke up DC. It will never be the same, again.

    Maga. Blessed Memorial Day to all.

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  23. carthoris says:

    But judges are not suppose to have an interest in any case they preside over.

    John Locke spoke of what to do in a cases like this. Keep in mind, he said it, not me. But then he was a lot smarter than I am.

    “Civil society precedes the state, both morally and historically. Society creates order and grants the state legitimacy If a ruler seeks absolute power, if he acts both as judge and participant in dispute, he puts himself in a state of war with his subjects and we have the right and the duty to kill such rulers and their servants.”
    (John Locke)

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  24. Skidroe says:

    They do everything they can to delay EVERYTHING. One more day just gets them closer to the election. If Donald Trump gets re-elected it will be VERY fun to watch. Maybe we should just turn the tables on them and cheat like hell. “Out cheat’em”

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  25. jnr2d2 says:

    He was ordered to personally reply. He is not. The Appeals Court should file a show cause hearing notice to Judge Sully-his-Pants as to why he should not be held in contempt of court. This action of his is calling into disrepute, and making a mockery of, the Appeals Court.

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  26. sarasotosfan says:

    I guess now there will be a request for a delay to enable his counsel to get up to speed. Could she represent the judge and speak on behalf of the judiciary? She isn’t appointed. The response she may have a hand in can not be anything but Sullivan’s.

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    • Some old guy says:

      Dear Old Judge Sullivan was given 10 days to respond and I don’t think anything his new attorney (defense counsel) may request will extend that timeframe. This is getting very interesting!

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    • No delay should be permitted. Sullivan is not a party advocating for his own interests, he is a judge commanded by a higher court to explain orders that he already entered. Any reasoning/arguments in favor of those orders had to be in the judge’s mind when he issued them or the orders are worthless.

      At this point, I think he should be ordered to appear in person and answer the circuit court’s questions. Or simply do what should have been done from the beginning — grant the relief sought by Ms. Powell without further games.

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  27. technerd says:

    I respectfully decline to answer in accordance with my 5th amendment rights granted by the US Constitution. Repeat multiple times for practice.

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  28. Ray says:

    As for former employees the FBI does not have the ability to take disciplinary action. LOL. If they committed crimes while at the FBI the FBI can charge them. They shouldn’t be getting transfers and demotions etc for trying to overthrow an elected branch of government.
    They should be well into their prison terms and singing to reduce them.

    Liked by 10 people

    • 4sure says:

      The fox looking into the foxes eating the chickens is a farce. As you say, former corrupt criminals in the FBI can be charged with federal crimes. As can current employees. Notice Wray avoided any mention of charging anyone in FBI with crimes. He said it was to

      see if procedures could be improved.

      Wray is a cleaner.

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      • Rhoda R says:

        Well, technically the FBI can’t charge anyone for anything. This is up to the DOJ.

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        • billinlv says:

          Not necessarily….Big Jim Phoney listed the crimes HRC committed, tried her, and found her not guilty, all within the space of a “news conference” that took place about four years ago. Self anointed saints are able to do things like that.

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    • chuckyschmucky says:

      Yeah, the same way they “charged” James Wolfe.

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  29. CMDCMRET says:

    😂🤣😂
    Tick. Tock.

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  30. Carly says:

    That is precisely how I read it, too. We pray for God to reveal what’s hidden and evil, and He delivers!

    Liked by 6 people

  31. Bubby says:

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    • Bubby says:

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      • Bob Lynch says:

        Sullivan is unfit to serve and should be impeached. A judge cannot delegate his duty to perform his official acts to a private lawyer and he certainly has no legal authority to expend taxpayer money for such nonsense. The appellate court should remove him immediately from this case and appoint another judge. It should also suspend him from all of his judicial duties for gross misconduct.

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      • DeWalt says:

        Can you imagine the alternative if Flynn would have told the judge of the governments dirty trick? They would have done a Paul Manafort style prosecution of his son and Sullivan would not have called foul. That was the governments plan to begin with, both judge and prosecution.

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      • Tl Howard says:

        Who the hell wouldn’t lie with a gun to his head?

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  32. deetee says:

    Allow me to present a theory and perhaps I am way off track but these are vicious and devious people to their core.

    Sullivan and his handlers are betting on this going to SCOTUS. They’ll apply pressure and strong-arm the Reagan appointed Judge for a 2-1 decision in the rogue judge’s favor.

    If it goes to the Supremes, the media pressure for Kavannaugh to recuse will be ferocious and he may well oblige. In the absent of a clear majority, the decision of the Court of Appeals against Flynn stands. In any case, the wicked intention to drag this on for as much as possible succeeds.

    Someone please assure me that it can never come to this.

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    • Sherri Young says:

      RBG would not see things Sullivan’s way. Not. At. All.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Not sure what would be the basis for Kavanaugh to recuse. (The MSM screaming aside)
      The Flynn case started Dec 2017 before Kavanaugh became a justice
      He was on the DC Appellate court before that….not sure if he has had some specific dust-up with Sullivan in that role
      But it would have to be something specific as Appellate courts by their very nature are “judging” lower courts decisions and are often in conflict.

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  33. oldersoul says:

    This is absolutely unheard of. This judge is not a personal party to either the underlying or appellate matters. He nominally has no personal interest in either of these matters.

    Judges do not hire outside lawyers to personally represent them in appeals of their decisions. And Judges do not hire outside lawyers to write their opinions, especially not federal judges, who are presumed to have the pick of the cream of the law clerks available.

    This is telegraphing a profound deficit in his original legal reasoning in making his earlier decisions. It is also something that a judge preparing for a judicial misconduct proceeding, or worse, would do.

    If Sullivan is bringing in outside counsel to assist him in formulating the legal bases for his decisions, after the fact, or seeking advice and counsel now with respect to the same, he is making a laughingstock of the district court. That is what a bench brief was for, a long time ago.

    And he is doing it in a most public way, in the middle of the underlying proceedings.

    I can only imagine that the Circuit panel assIgned to this matter is livid. Sullivan is besmirching the dignity and integrity of the entire federal judiciary now. It is projecting the worst possible optics imaginable. Flabbergasted would be an understatement.

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  34. sarasotosfan says:

    Couldn’t Sullivan have simply stepped aside from the case? Or did he knowingly cross the abyss when he accepted the case in the first pkace and put himself in legal jeopardy by doing so but believed his tracks would be covered?

    Wow. This is a major development.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Couldn’t Sullivan have simply stepped aside from the case?

      You mean:
      Suddenly RECUSE himself??
      What situation would exist NOW that didn’t exist BEFORE……
      in which the only remedy is his recusal at this time?

      This indeed may be his big problem and why he needs a defense attorney.

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  35. WhiteBoard says:

    Contreras signed FISA on the other 3 people surveilled.

    Papa
    Flynn
    Donald Jr. (unmasked on the day inaugeration – trump’d kids should of given us all this hint)

    Don jr’s wife leaves him after information arises only found from snooping.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      So you don’t believe Horowitz got the right answers to his FISA questions?
      His report says there were no other FISA warrants issued for Crossfire Hurricane.

      (I’m not convinced myself)

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  36. Elmo says:

    Q- What kind of a federal judge needs ‘assistance’ from an outside lawyer to explain his actions to an appeals court?
    A- The kind of federal judge that should never have been nominated and confirmed as a federal judge to begin with.

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  37. Johnny says:

    I am not an internet slueth but, I know some of posters on here are. As several people have asked
    Who the hell is paying for this lawyer?

    If the lawyer is working free of charge for the judge, would that not be in all actuality a form of filing an amicus brief as friend of the court?

    I am no lawyer, but there are a couple of questions need answered immediately.

    If I were the 2 conservative judges, I would hit him with contempt of court. They TOLD him to respond, not some lawfare lawyer not even involved with this travesty of Justice.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Sherri Young says:

      If I were any of the three circuit judges, I’d be asking for extra security.

      Obama wants Flynn destroyed — yesterday. If you listened to the recording of Obama’s phone call, he was absolutely sputtering.

      Somebody is going to be hurt badly before this saga concludes.

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  38. Mortimer says:

    Most here seem to be missing what Sundance actually said.

    Who got the story? WaPO
    WHY? To spin it.

    Hiring Wilkinson isn’t for the reasons WaPO wants us to believe. She doesn’t even do Appellate LAW. She’s a Criminal Lawyer.

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    • 4sure says:

      Sullivan hires a criminal lawyer because the SOB has probably been bribed, blackmailed, both, or was in cahoots with the law firm who screwed Flynn.

      He is now worried that his actions will be uncovered by Sidney Powell in her civil suits on behalf of Gen. Flynn. She can subpoena all of the scum as witnesses who were involved in all of this. She can hire investigators who will uncover the truth.

      Ole Sullivan is now between a Rock and an avalanche about to bury him. He is not too bright. He has never faced an honest defense attorney in his DC courtroom. He has had corrupt Federal prosecutors presenting fake evidence and lying to the court, and crooked defense attorneys robbing their victims blind, and ole Sullivan has never had to really be anything other than a figurehead directing the corrupt three act play.

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  39. Carly says:

    How do we make all our judges clean again? How can we expose every last shred of evil?

    Liked by 1 person

  40. frances says:

    Can’t wait to hear how our girl Sidney Powell views this latest event:)

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  41. Bubby says:

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  42. Bubby says:

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    • A classic take-it-to-the-bank statement: “You can keep playing this game of pretend, in some misguided effort to defend the FBI, but it’s silly. It’s the same game Chris Wray has played for two years. There are no honorable “rank and file” in/around the FBI within 100 miles of DC.”

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    • Robert Smith says:

      To get to the DC office you have to pass their purity test. So if you are in the DC office you are a get the job, whatever the top wants, done.

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  43. Lawton says:

    Sullivan has acted odd throughout this whole thing. At first I thought he was delaying sentencing because he thought the govt might be pulling funny business and was pushing Flynn not to accept the offer by saying that crazy crap but afterwards showed he wasn’t going to hold the govt to account on the 302 and was just delaying to drag the mess out apparently hoping to make Trump look bad I guess.

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    • chuckyschmucky says:

      I sure hope Sullivan is losing a lot of sleep over his decision to repeatedly delay sentencing, whatever his reasons were.

      Because if he had sentenced Flynn when he had the opportunity, the optics of Bill Barr overturning his conviction would look much worse than dismissing the case before sentencing.

      The political class would’ve dismissed Barr’s acts as those of a partisan and affix the label of “felon” to Flynn in perpetuity.

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  44. Zorro says:

    There is only POTUS and a handful of others that have any integrity at all in DC. Can we sell DC to China ? Oh wait, that’s part of the problem too.

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  45. Joebkonobi says:

    Sullivan ( I will not put judge in front of his name) is controlled by deep state. Otherwise all he had to do was allow DOJ to drop the charges. He’s a tool, nothing more and obviously following orders or is complicit in the Flynn set up. BS part is we the tax payer are likely on the hook to cover a $2000.00/ hr lawyer. I hope he is removed from the court.

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  46. dlcon says:

    Wondering if there’s a greater conspiracy with these judges I.e. Sullivan, the manafort and the Roger Stone judge. Funny business w manafort judge and a false FISA story and a suspect ruling and then the whole Stone debacle.

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  47. dlcon says:

    Wondering if there’s a greater conspiracy with these judges I.e. Sullivan, the manafort and the Roger Stone judge. Funny business w manafort judge and a false FISA story and a suspect ruling and then the whole Stone debacle.

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    • theoldgoat says:

      It’s lawfare. On the positive side, it seems the lawyers the left have are so filled with hate and party loyalty that they don’t care about the laws, it is always spin, it’s all they really have.

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    • Lawton says:

      The 1st Manafort Judge was the one to call this BS out for what it was but said crooked Rosenstein’s scope memos tied his hand basically. Also thee was nothing legal then to show FISA etc. was bogus.

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  48. calbear84 says:

    Judge Sullivan is going to wind up smelling like three-day-old flounder by the time this Swamp Dance is finished. Stay strong Gen.Flynn!

    Liked by 7 people

  49. coolmamie says:

    I imagine he wishes he had just sign off on the dismissal.

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