White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation just suffered a huge setback that it may not recover from.
Supporters of former national security adviser Michael Flynn are saying that he may withdraw his guilty plea in Mueller’s probe as the new judge in the case makes some suspicious moves amid speculation over whether the special counsel “withheld” evidence. Flynn’s siblings, who vocally support their brother on social media, seem to be advocating that he withdraw his plea.
“Say it very loud….!” Joseph J. Flynn, who helped set up a legal defense fund for Trump’s former national security advisor, tweeted in response to an activist calling on Flynn to withdraw the plea.
Fox News reported that two of Flynn’s other siblings, Barbara Redgate and Jack Flynn, retweeted the same message from another activist that read: “Mueller suppressed evidence from the General Flynn case. His plea must be withdrawn and all charges dropped.”
This comes as reports are coming in that then-FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers last year that agents did not think Flynn intentionally lied to the FBI. Despite this, Flynn pleaded guilty two months ago to one count of making false statements to the FBI about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition.
Flynn ended up losing his White House job over this controversy when he was accused of misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials.
Just days after Flynn plead guilty, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras recused himself and was replaced by Judge Emmet Sullivan, who has a reputation for punishing Department of Justice overreach, including during the case against the late Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens. Sullivan immediately raised eyebrows when he ordered prosecutors to give Flynn’s lawyers “any evidence in its possession that is favorable” to Flynn.
Mueller’s team has since postponed Flynn’s sentencing, and last week, the team filed a protective order “governing the production of discovery,” which indicates they won’t fight the order to hand over documents.
Former federal prosecutors responded to this move by saying there could be bombshells in the material.
“Typically, exculpatory information is not required to be turned over when a plea has been done, but I think this judge is particularly sensitive to those issues, given some of his history and cases he’s had,” said John Lauro, a former federal prosecutor in New York and defense attorney who specializes in white-collar criminal defense.
What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.