News breaking in the last hour:
BREAKING……WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department is dropping criminal case against ex-Trump adviser Flynn, according to court filing obtained by AP.
— Julie Pace (@jpaceDC) May 7, 2020
I said ten days ago that I suspected Barr was putting his thumb on the scale:
As to the latter question: I'll believe there is a real issue there when I see evidence that does not force me to rely on the word of Sidney Powell. By the way, I hope Barr is not putting his thumb on the scale — but knowing Barr, he probably is.
— Patterico (@Patterico) April 26, 2020
I no longer trust the United States Department of Justice.
The Department of Justice's motion to dismiss Flynn's case is an extremely well written defense argument that would absolutely fail if made by the defense, and will be quoted extensively (to no avail) in future 1001 prosecutions. It's transparently corrupt.
— LightOfDayHat (@Popehat) May 7, 2020
You don’t need to issue pardons if you have a hatchet man as AG to do your dirty work for you.
Now “Durham is coming”:
Durham ought to resign after watching the President of the United States use his name in this fashion. pic.twitter.com/PyRVWRHrvx
— Patterico (@Patterico) April 30, 2020
Disgusting. All of it.
To me, the only interesting question is whether more AUSAs will resign.
UPDATE: I don’t hold out a lot of hope for this development, but Judge Sullivan *could* deny the motion:
Under Rule 48(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, a government motion to dismiss an indictment—even after a guilty plea—requires “leave of court.”https://t.co/V9V6GxHZ9f
That leave may well be forthcoming, but it’s up to Judge Sullivan, not DOJ—and is not automatic. pic.twitter.com/rTZwShgIpT
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) May 7, 2020
I would love to see that happen, but I am not holding my breath. More likely he grants it after a hearing with tough questions and caustic comments.