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. theoldgoat says:

    I hope he has to use this high priced lawyer to defend him in an impeachment trial, but I doubt we would be so fortunate to see him kicked off the bench in disgrace.

    How is it he has made these moves on his own, yet now needs a lawyer to justify his poor jurisprudence? To me this signals he knows he doesn’t have the law on his side for HIS decisions. He was just following orders of Duh One.

    Liked by 10 people

    • Annie says:

      I also thought judges had their own clerks to write stuff for them. They haven’t already done considerable work in this case and it’s issues and be prepared to answer Appeals? One might have thought that he hadn’t quite thought this stuff through.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Richie says:

    As I always say now starting about a year and a half ago after the pattern of running in my sleep continued to play out over and over again, all these moves are meant to delay and run out the clock to November where they plan to remove the existential threat.

    If I was a deep state weeds walker, I would do the same thing. The bigger picture is to tick tock run out the clock. All the criminal deep state entities are in on the final solution being election fraud.

    If they are capable of doing what we all now they did to rig the 2016 election/coup on President Trump in addition to weaponizing a flu etc, massive voter fraud on a mass scale is no more unbelievable. Think about it. Social Media, Main Stream Media, Hec! look at Joe Biden. You cant be serious….
    They have another plan and it must be a good one.

    God I hope I’m wrong.

    Liked by 10 people

  3. Asciimom says:

    I think he is scared

    Liked by 8 people

    • Merkin Muffley says:

      Doesn’t sound like the actions of an innocent man, does it.

      Liked by 12 people

    • rondonmonson says:

      I was saying this 2 hours ago, my SD skills are starting to shine, LOL.

      Liked by 3 people

    • auntiefran413 says:

      And should be!

      Liked by 1 person

    • auntiefran413 says:

      And should be!

      Like

    • flyboy46 says:

      Is it just me, or does it sound like Mr. Barr had a little heart to heart talk with Mr. Wray? Maybe along the line of “cooperate, or YOU will be among those investigated and charged”! It gives it a different perspective if YOUR butt is on the line!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        Or maybe along the line of……

        “DUDE……. you gotta at least GIVE THE APPEARANCE that you give a F#*K…
        at the very least put out a press release that you’re looking into it, ya DIPSHIT”

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    • VegGOP says:

      Ordinarily, a judge would assign one of his law clerks to write his response to the DC Circuit, and then edit/revise it accordingly. Since he already has a staff of experienced attorneys working under him (called “law clerks”), it is remarkable that he retained outside counsel.

      Liked by 7 people

      • jay says:

        Maybe the lawyer clerks have confronted him with cold hard facts and the law. Maybe they have threatened to walk or talk. Maybe they do not want their careers incinerated – like his. Maybe one of them has said, “your honor you need to lawyer up”. We can only imagine what the little group chatted about during lunch. Maybe the lockdown drove hizhonor over the edge and he can claim temporary insanity.

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    • maggie0987 says:

      Let us sincerely hope that he bankrupts himself, loses his home and has his pension seized in this futile pursuit. (Not holding my breath!)

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Merkin Muffley says:

    All provided free of charge by Lawfare and the DNC.

    Liked by 4 people

    • rondonmonson says:

      I think the whole Lawfare Group can be tried under a Conspiracy to overthrow the Government, it was a Coup led by them, each step of the way.

      Liked by 18 people

    • lotbusyexec says:

      Notice name is Law F$re NOT Law Fair – telling!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Merkin Muffley says:

        I don’t know if you know this, but lawfare is the humorous term lawyers use to describe using the law as a weapon. This group openly admits that it used the law as a political weapon.

        Liked by 4 people

    • john another says:

      Is Lawfare required to declare itself as a political action committee? Or Fusion GPS, ABC, CBS, NBC,CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, Project Hammer etc. etc.
      Speaking of the Project Hammer Maxine Waters was so proud Obama manipulated, why is the electorate not allowed to know which of our representatives and judges (yes, I’m looking at you John Roberts, McConnell, Graham et al. you all know who you are) are in a position to be blackmailed? Seems like a vital thing for the voters to know.

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  5. TraderJoe says:

    He’s a clown judge and that’s how history will remember him. He’s a disgrace like Christine Blasey Ford, Michael Avenatti, Sally Yates, and James Comey.
    November is coming and it’s time to take them all out. Shut down the Selective Executive Service (SES), these are the families that are running the government, just like the mafia.

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  6. jahealy says:

    I have very limited ability to follow all the swampy twists and turns, so I can’t connect the dots between Contreras, the lovebirds, Sullivan, and the newly announced FBI internal “investigation” {cough} of itself. However, with this latest twisty-turn, and given how few wins we get, I now expect the DC circuit court to back off its stern tone and allow Sullivan and his new swamp attorney to blow off the June 1st date and pretty much take how ever many months they need to prepare a response. Which will, of course, keep Flynn in purgatory and bring us ever closer to November.

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  7. Perot Conservative says:

    The Moderate Ugly?

    Recall, attorney Robert Barnes reminded us that judge’s often have their clerks write their decisions… at 72-years-old, is Sullivan still of sound mind?

    And why wasn’t Judge Contreras sanctioned?

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  8. Nigella says:

    Nervous are we Judge?

    Liked by 7 people

  9. SeanNY3 says:

    I can’t read the whole WaPo article but if this excerpt isn’t missing a whole paragraph in the middle then WaPo is being deliberately misleading as usual:

    “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…”

    Makes it sound like the court ordered Sullivan to answer the charge of bias, which is simply not true and it hides the real issue, as usual.

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  10. EnoughIsEnough says:

    Sullivan has single handedly taken what is left of faith in the judicial system, and for his own selfish and political agenda, squashed it, spit on it, then given it the middle finger for good measure. He is a disgusting, small and petty man, and his legacy will reflect that he betrayed the honor that was bestowed on him to mete out fair and impartial justice.

    Liked by 14 people

    • Tl Howard says:

      I’d like the rip the damned “soul patch” off the bottom of his lip. It’s a vanity that pisses me off.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        I’d like the rip the damned “soul patch” off the bottom of his lip

        Since he doesn’t have a REAL one he has to grow a substitute.

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    • TPW says:

      interesting….a judge who simply needed to dismiss the case….refused at first and asked a retired judge ..with bias.. to provide reasons why Sullivan should not grant dismissal…then out of nowhere hires a defense attorney to take over his job. It was plain as day months ago that Flynn was being railroaded. Actually looking at what Flynn was charged with….who was an obviously honorable Patriot…was so frivolous, grasping at straws…that this Judge knew him innocent but was part of the take down. It makes no difference to Sullivan that the DOJ dropped the charges…It was never about wrongdoing. So in light of all of this I think Sullivan has some other hidden agenda. Nothing to do with being part of a resistance. It has to be something much more serious for Sullivan to put his career on the chopping block.

      Liked by 6 people

  11. Mike in la Truck says:

    Emmet you are a corrupt POS. Must have some really nasty skeletons in your closet. Really nasty.

    Liked by 7 people

  12. patriciaweir says:

    What is motivating Judge Sullivan? It wouldn’t surprise me one iota to learn that he is being threatened by members of The Swamp. “Keep it going until November buster. Nice family you got there. Be dreadful shame if anything happened to one of them. “
    Epstein didn’t kill himself.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Trog Luddite says:

      I honestly think it is much simpler. I work with an individual who is very smart, and whom I trust and respect completely. But he gets all his news from the WP and NYT. He has a firm grasp of their story, but no clue as to the story of what is happening. About 18 months ago (maybe only 12 months ago), I told him that more people would be convicted among the investigators than among the investigated. He was stunned that I would say that.

      I think Judge Sullivan has that same problem, writ large. Since his background news is the NYT and WP, then all the court documents handed up by SP and now DOJ *MUST* be part of the wily ongoing Russian plot to subvert America – even if he wanted to, he simply can’t think any other way.

      Not saying this makes what he’s doing right – a judge is supposed to judge the case on the facts before him/her – but I do think its a simpler, and likely more realistic, explanation.

      Plus also, if all his clerks are the best and the brightest from the best and the brightest law schools, they likely don’t have a clue.

      Liked by 1 person

      • AJ. says:

        You are saying a judge, who is presented evidence, ignores the evidence, to follow tabloid spin?

        There are many very intelligent folks who comment here, who for some reason, use their high IQ to offer up a crap load of stupidity.

        These people must be paid by somebody to do so….

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        • Bryan Alexander says:

          He IS acting like he has not bothered to read any of the Brady evidence that was recently turned over by the DOJ, nor any of Powell’s motions.

          Liked by 1 person

      • Bob Lynch says:

        I’ve thought that myself, but no fair person can read the facts the Government attached to its motion to dismiss and ignore that Flynn is innocent and was totally railroaded. The judge simply does his job and signs off on the government’s request. Something else is going on here. It was be nice if Bagpipe Barr would get off his ass and support Sidney Powell. By the way, everyone is commented on how great Sullivan’s lawyer is. I don’t anticipate Ms Powell being intimidated by her. Ms Powell has blown this Obamagate wide open and she will continue to do so. I suspect Ms Powell has Obama himself in her sights, and she will seek justice for her client. Ms Powell is a great lawyer.

        Liked by 3 people

    • Capt_Ahab says:

      @JohnHereToHelp thread on Twitter. According to this guy, they have him over a barrel because of his sons numerous crimes…

      Like

      • Paul Cohen says:

        hmmm this guy “@johnheretohelp” writes all kinds of nutty sounding stuff pretending to great insider knowlege. There may or may not be something factual in some of it but he is no more inherently trustworthy as a source than all the nutty “Qanon” stuff….. much of it may be fan fiction from 4chan/8chan/8kun.

        Caveat emptor. As with everything on the internet…..

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  13. kris2025 says:

    Wow I just had a crazy dream – Flynn goes free and Sullivan goes to prison.

    Liked by 20 people

  14. John55 says:

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

    Can he even do that? The DC Circuit ordered Judge Sullivan to respond to them, not to have somebody else write his response for him. The man is supposedly a federal judge … if he cannot explain his judicial reasoning to a superior court then he is not fit to serve.

    Liked by 12 people

    • Sara c says:

      John – I wonder how the judge will address all of the confidential communications filed under seal with his attorney. Does she have the appropriate security clearances?

      Liked by 3 people

      • KBR says:

        Well, she donates to Hillary.
        You know since she is a Hillarista, she don’ need no clearances, she can do whatever she wants and no court will ever convict her. EVER.

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      • meow4me2 says:

        Eh, they’ll just strip the classification headers from the documents and send them to her via fax. Just like Hilldog.

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  15. labrat says:

    Geez, and my first thought was – what the hell do they have on this guy?

    Liked by 7 people

  16. Merkin Muffley says:

    Mrs. David Gregory.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Patience says:

    Seems that Emmet G Sullivan’s family information (etc) has been scrubbed.

    Look fer yerself,,,, It’s all the same wickiP type stuff and wife photos,
    Seems one has to look for news articles (specifically) to find anything about him.
    johnheretohelp t wi tte r seems to knows lot$

    Liked by 1 person

  18. carthoris says:

    Now, while it is true that Sullivan makes about the worst judge ever, he would make an excellent running mate for Joe Biden. So there is that anyway

    Liked by 2 people

  19. In the Land of Poz says:

    Yet another data point supporting the hypothesis that there is some iceberg, or large piece of iceberg, about to come to the surface that Grenell (or Jensen, Durham, Barr) has found, that goes beyond what has been previously guessed about Spygate by the most cynical researchers, and people on the inside enmeshed with this stuff are panicking. Puppet strings from the FBI to the DC-area circuit courts and FISA judges could be part of that. It feels like some huge Lovecraftian monster surfacing and the panic that precedes that.

    Liked by 2 people

    • In the Land of Poz says:

      To clarify further, although what’s known about the Flynn, Strzok-Page, 7th floor, Steele dossier, etc stuff is pretty bad, it’s not the sort of thing to bring the house down for the FBI or the swamp. Excuses can be made, a few disposable scapegoats fired. Strzok and Clinesmith get imprisoned for a bit, Page and McCabe disgraced, gag-orders and unrefusable offers and “insurance policies” on some people’s family members put in place, and business returned to usual. Hey, who wouldn’t want rumors investigated that a candidate is Manchurian or his national security chief a Russian, by whatever means necessary if time is of the essence? So the FBI got overzealous, went a bit overboard, anyway not to worry Wray is adding training seminars.

      This level of sudden freak events in multiple places all at once just seems qualitatively worse than any of that.

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    • “It feels like some huge Lovecraftian monster surfacing and the panic that precedes that.”

      I may have to borrow this quote from time to time. It’s so perfect!

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  20. BigTalkers says:

    Let me see if I have this straight.. Federal judges are now retaining their own private attorneys to advise them on how to rule on cases presently before their courts?

    So what comes next.. Chris Wray hiring Peter Strzok to assist him in reforming FBI practices?

    Liked by 21 people

  21. Rj says:

    How much money can this federal judge make to be able to retain this nickel chasing shyster ? Will it be the Deep State Pro Bono that all the coup participants get ?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Jase says:

      He won’t be paying. Lawfare will pay, using money provided by the Deep State, said money being part of the billions looted from the Treasury by Obama to fund his shadow government.

      Liked by 1 person

    • JimWVa says:

      Oh don’t worry about the cost. This new attorney is paid out of the federal court appropriations. So we the taxpayers are hiring a high-priced law clerk to help the judge follow up on former President Obama’s grudge against General Flynn and President Trump.

      Liked by 2 people

  22. KBR says:

    Is Judge Sullivan planning to confess and tell all, put himself at mercy of court, and knows he will likely walk out in cuffs?

    I mean, really…a DEFENSE lawyer?

    It would be great if those three judges simply told Beth Wilkinson to leave. Or at least to sit down and shut up or go to jail for contempt of court, find Judge Sullivan in contempt for bringing a defense attorney into that proceeding.

    After that they can proceed.

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  23. Skidroe says:

    If you want Donald John Trump to win in 2020 you are still going to have to out cheat them. ESP. in MI, PA, WI, MN. HELL! Let’s just cheat everywhere.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Raptors2020 says:

      Skidroe:
      The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of a passionate intensity.
      That may be the epitaph for democracy, for the human race in general.

      The amazingly useless George W. Bush is back on the scene, calling for more “civility”. The GOPe, people like Dubya and Romney, are so lucky to live in a country where their bubble will remain intact, long after most people are suffering greatly the consequences of leftism.

      Be assured that Nikki Haley will run for President in 2024, with the message that the problem was mostly Trump.

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  24. jf86 says:

    If a judge it this unsure of his position…he shouldn’t take the position! Could it be he hired the lawyer not to “represent him in defending his decision to a federal appeals court in Washington,” but to keep him clear of criminal conduct in the coming months? Or, just maybe he’s hired a lawyer for what he’s already done.

    Liked by 4 people

    • jahealy says:

      I had this thought as well. Maybe he needs her for the potential fallout after he responds to the DC District Court. But that doesn’t explain why the WaPo is leaking this info.

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Paul Deignan says:

    The simplest reason is probably the most accurate.

    This is hubris.

    Sullivan doesn’t follow the law because he is a traitor to it (and his accusation of Flynn was a projection).

    Sullivan puts himself above the law and cannot stand to be held to account. He is a corrupt, ignoble, troglodyte who should have resigned years ago when his intelligence left him and dementia started to creep in. Now he is a cartoon of all the hackery that the Dems have put on the bench.

    And the tragedy ends in absurdity.

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  26. Gort says:

    Wikipedia:

    On the December 23, 2012 broadcast of Meet the Press … Gregory displayed what he identified as “a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets.”[30][31] NBC had requested permission from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to include a high-capacity magazine in the segment and were denied.[32][33] Gregory displayed the magazine on the show, with media reports noting D.C. Code 7-2506.01(b) prohibits the possession of magazines with a capacity in excess of “10 rounds of ammunition.”[34][35][36]

    On December 26, 2012, MPD spokesmen confirmed the launch of an inquiry.[37] . . . .

    On January 8, 2013, a spokeswoman for D.C. police chief Cathy L. Lanier said her department had completed its investigation into the matter and referred it to the office of the District’s attorney general to determine if Gregory would be prosecuted. D.C. attorney general Irvin B. Nathan announced three days later that although Gregory had violated the law, no charges would be filed against him or any other NBC employees. Stating, “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.”[40][41]

    Who is David Gregory married to? Spouse: Beth Wilkinson (m. 2000)

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    • billrla says:

      Gort: Interesting find. All the connected players in DC always beat the rap. But, in support of the D.C. Attorney General’s decision, we can be quite certain that Mr. Gregory possesed neither the knowledge, nor the ability, ever to employ the offending magazine, other than backwards and upside, with the bullets reversed, and of the wrong caliber. In a revolver.

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      • Gort says:

        I wonder if Beth Wilkinson’s defense of Emmett Sullivan before the U.S. Court of Appeals will be that he is possessed neither the knowledge, nor the ability, ever to employ the law, other than backwards and upside down . . . .

        Liked by 2 people

      • KBR says:

        He is likely a member of the intelligence community.
        As oxymoronic as that might sound for him, as they all know how to play stupid.

        Liked by 1 person

  27. HoosierDaddy says:

    I read on most every day all of the comments from my favorite place the treehouse. But I have to admit I could never write some of these comments. My basic question from those of you who could? Do you think Sundance is pleased with this?I think he is in my right?

    Lately when I hear something that I think is going to be good news I see Sundance not so happy

    But I think Sundance is happy.

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    • bessie2003 says:

      Am thinking so too because a Judge, ordered to personally answer the Circuit Court, hiring a criminal defense lawyer who is going to ask that Court for permission to do the Judge’s response, in a newspaper article which is said to be a conduit for the CIA to express their narrative – seems like stuffs about to hit a fan set on high.

      With all that Sundance and so many, many others over the past few years have been digging through to make sense of this whole mess, that should make him and other online sleuths smile bigly in anticipation of what’s to come.

      Liked by 2 people

    • barnabusduke says:

      My humble and non-legal opinion from reading the “Sundance” post, is that it appears “hizzoner” Sullivan has gotten his azz in a crack, and he has hired Attorney Flex-Seal to attempt to stop the leaking as he attempts to navigate a certain creek without a paddle. And to ME; I think it is delicious! 😉

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  28. Drogers says:

    This guy …
    He’s forgotten his place in the universe.

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  29. Perot Conservative says:

    Wilkinson is married to David Michael Gregory formerly of NBC News’ Sunday Meet the Depressed. Gregory has served as a CNN political analyst since 2016.

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    • TPW says:

      Damn there really is a big club. Political leadership through their marriages and family are all connected to law firms , the Media ,and other big Banks and Corporations. Nice setup. We really are the Fools who are being ruled over. But their hold on power is really as fragile as keeping us busy and happy with their scraps. They never meant to reveal so much but they have been cornered and have no choice. Fellow citizens they are going for broke and total control because they have no choice and this is a very dangerous war we are in. We are going to have to be more involved than just voting. But our President needs to reveal all. Most Citizens who are in the dark must be shocked into action. We have all laughed at the Dems at what seems like ridiculously stupid decisions. Almost like they are committing political suicide. But is it because they have no other options and their big plan of global take over has to be rushed full speed ahead..

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  30. ncedgar says:

    The court is asking for him to respond as the judge in the Flynn case. If he cannot respond as the judge, he should be removed from the bench. Pass the popcorn.

    Liked by 4 people

  31. Raised on Reagan says:

    Sullivan is lawyering up in an attempt to delay or cover up his personal malfeasance in presiding over the General Flynn case.

    Must seem like this to the General:

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  32. Loggerman says:

    Just insane. Seems to me he’s done something to need some sort of defense. Love to see this fool charged. Maybe charged with being a corrupt judge!

    Liked by 2 people

  33. oldersoul says:

    I will just add that the likelihood that the Circuit Court will direct Flynn’s case be dismissed just substantially increased.

    Liked by 1 person

  34. fred5678 says:

    “because of the sensitivity of the matter.”

    Where have I heard that phrase before ???

    Oh yeah, Comey asked that when Rep. Stefanik asked him why he hadn’t briefed Congress Gang of Eight on Trump-Russia hoax investigation for almost 9 months, even after testifying that quarterly reports were standard.

    BYW An ??? is implied with raising of voice at the end of that phrase!!!!

    Comey was ASKING Stefanik if that excuse would satisfy her!!!!!

    Also, the smell of desperation is ripe in the air around that stinkin’ court!!!!

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    • KBR says:

      “according to a person familiar with the hire who spoke on the condition of anonymity”

      C’mon WaPo. Let me guess the person familiar with the hire: . Did the name start with Hillary and end with Clinton?

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      • Paul Cohen says:

        No, Shrillary does not get her hands dirty with such stuff, and she has an extensive crew of Lawfare types to do all her legal and political dirty work. Besides, Shrillary is not competent to even try to manage such affairs — she needs her “fixers”….

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    • felipe says:

      fred: Comey speaks the same as most teen age girls with “upspeak” where every sentence basically ends with rising intonation. I think it originated with the Valley Girl dialect in the 1980’s. It is an incredibly annoying affectation in a grown man.

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  35. timothy says:

    Over under on out of pocket expenses on Sullivan to the lawyer he ‘hired’ greater than zero?
    Its not like the deepsters woukd pick uo the tab with our taxes/debt , right?

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  36. logboom says:

    I’d like to leave a thought provoking comment but I am to the point where I cannot think of anything productive to say other than it’s time to get a little dirty with the resistance crowd. This means we must get the vote out big time in November for President Trump. Ballot harvesting et al.
    In all my 62+ years I have never seen the shenanigans and outright dishonesty displayed by our “betters” than now. I remember Watergate clearly. I remember the assassinations of Kennedy, King and Kennedy. I remember Viet Nam. These were all bad. But the difference was we as a country were pulling ( sort of) in the same direction- against communism. I have a sense of impending doom for the future as someday- sooner or later- the crazies will be fully in charge.

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    • joestrader says:

      There was a Republican candidate for the House from California that said exactly that on Sirius Patriot this morning. They are building their own harvesting operation. They will not be blindsided again. (I’m sorry I do not remember the name, but running in a district that is usually Republican and got flipped in 2018.)

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  37. Bogeyfree says:

    I’m no lawyer but if the DC Circuit accepts this representation and their 3rd party submission does it not open the door for all the legal delay games that lawyers play?

    In essence iMO if they allow this Judge to lawyer up they will be setting a bad precedent that will contaminate what use to be an honest, fair, common sense judiciary.

    Everything the DS touches turns to crap, EVERYTHING!

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  38. Billh34 says:

    Well thought out, SD. I think its also helps Sullivan raise work product if/when discussions with outsiders -lawfare, etc.- are questioned. My question is whether there is an issue if he isn’t paying her himself or getting a discount.

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  39. Carrie says:

    John Here to Help Threaderapp of how he thinks Sullivan is dirty:

    Includes Judge Sullivan’s wife’s political aspirations
    His connections with Howard University with Elijah Cummings
    Insurance fraud involving “stolen” artwork?

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1261480070683688967.html

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  40. sarsfield says:

    wow -bunch of q’s for the lawyers on this site:1) can appelllate ct deny new lawyer appearance and demand Sully respond on his own within the original 10 day period? 2) if yes and Sully does not respond will appellate ct simply grant the mandamus petition? 3) will appeallate ct accept new lawyer appearance and then also grant her sure to happen request for extension of time to respond? 4) if new lawyer is allowed to file a brief for SUlly how far can she argue beyond rule 48 and the Fokker case which are set forth in the original appellate ct order in response to the mandamus petition? that seemed to me like a pretty forceful order to limit argument to some basic legal issues vs going back to day 1 and relitigating all of the facts 5) is SD suggesting Sully has hired a criminal lawyer since he is afraid he really needs one?

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    • JimWVa says:

      I think, the Judge has selected a “political” criminal lawyer in Attorney Wilkinson in order to second-guess AG Barr’s decision to dismiss the criminal complaint against General Flynn with prejudice. Judge Sullivan is at no risk of criminal liability himself. This has the Deep State (Swamp, Big Club) purpose to shore-up Judge Sullivan’s show-cause order as why General Flynn should not be found to have committed perjury in his guilty plea statements before the Court. Sullivan’s show cause order, and his refusal to dismiss the case against Flynn with prejudice, are the reasons Attorney Powell and other Flynn counsel filed the extraordinary writ to the Court of Appeals. Ultimately, the overall goal seems as if to keep this going through the first week of November 2020.

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  41. I’ve been working on this exact issue for a Pennsylvania appellate case.

    Judges cannot sub-contract out the fact finding or legal analysis that is PART OF THEIR JOB to a personal attorney. In SOME narrow situations, Judges can appoint special masters, or they can appoint amicus curie under F.R.A.P. But, when dealing with a writ – which IIRC states FACTS, the Judge CANNOT hire an attorney to take over their judicial role.

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  42. DeWalt says:

    Stones lawyer needs to strike against Berman Jackson while the district court is in a humorous mood (sarc).

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  43. JustScott says:

    Does this apply?

    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242 Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law

    “Persons acting under color of law within the meaning of this statute include … as well as judges”

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death

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  44. Putting On Its Shoes says:

    I would love for the DC Circuit Court to issue an update to their order stating that judge and his clerks are required to provide their brief without outside legal assistance.

    Something along the lines as we’re asking you to provide your legal bases and your rationalization for the action you have already undertaken. You clearly must have made a determination that your actions are meritorious and we are ordering you to write down the determinations that you made prior to issuing your orders, not use outside lawyers to create ex post facto explanations.

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  45. L4grasshopper says:

    I truly don’t get this!

    Sullivan has already acted (denied dismissal, called for amici, etc).

    Appeals Court wants his explanation.

    So exactly what is this lawyer going to do? Invent a justification post facto for this corrupt POS to provide? Doesn’t he ALREADY know why he did what he did?

    If the Appeals Court doesn’t spike this quickly, then we are much deeper into Banana Republic status than we thought.

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  46. MaineCoon says:

    We now have a trial within a trial.

    Defendant: Emmett Sullivan
    Defense Attorney: Beth Wilkinson, Esq.
    Bench Trial Judges: Circuit Court Judges Karen Henderson, Robert Wilkins and Neomi Rao
    Amici: 20 State Attorneys General

    You won’t believe this was my thought before I read Sundance’s similar conclusion, but it was!

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  47. crikey9 says:

    Sidney totally misread Emmet Sullivans actions in the Ted Stevens case. She read them as heroic. As I read her book it was clear to me That Sullivan had allowed a corrupt prosecution tosuppress, hide and create evidence and that it was not until FBI agent Chad Joy blew the whistle did Sullivan become Mr Gung Ho in holding the corrupt prosecutors accountable and after all of sound and fury nothing happened to them….in fact they all prospered.. Matthew Friedrich is now in charge of the legal dept at Cognizant……sullivan was up to his neck in the Ted Stevens false prosecution and he achieved the goal along with his corrupt prosecutors of Ted Stevens losing his seat changing the balance of power in the SENATE just in time for Eric Holder to ascend the wingman throne

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  48. Coast says:

    How is he allowed to hire someone to do his job? This makes no sense. I guess this proves that he doesn’t know what he is doing and thus should be removed.

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  49. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    I am pretty sure that Adam Housley (Sundance used one of his tweets for a post today) wrote in a tweet some time ago that, to paraphrase, it is known that Sullivan does not write his own opinions in court. Others (his staff) apparently do the work. Not sure if this is a knock on his intellect or his age, or both, but if that is true then he just might not be prepared to deal with this assignment from the higher court.

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