The Evening Campaign Update
If you want to know what is actually happening in Washington, DC these days, the best first step you can take is to follow the great Catherine Herridge on Twitter. Just before 4:00 CT today, Herridge issued this tweet:
#FLYNN team files emergency petition for Writ of Mandamus Court of Appeals. This further elevates and escalates the case. RELIEF SOUGHT: (1) grant DOJ Motion to Dismiss; (2) vacate Judge Sullivan’s order appointing amicus curiae (3) reassign to another district judge @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/yL270ldcXb
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) May 19, 2020
The timing is interesting to me since I had a conversation with a DC contact this morning in which I wondered when Flynn’s great lawyer, Ms. Powell, would take this very action. She apparently wanted to wait until Judge Emmet Sullivan had overplayed his hand so severely that the appeals court would also reveal itself as hopelessly corrupt were it to deny her writ.
It was bad enough that Sullivan took the stunning step last week of appointing a Trump-hating lawyer, John Gleeson, to be a court-appointed amicus curae. But then on Monday, Gleeson filed a motion with Sullivan requesting the ability to set out a briefing schedule demanding new briefs and oral arguments from both the defense and the Department of Justice, and the ability to call witnesses. Gleeson, in other words, is attempting to set himself up as a de facto second special counsel, complete with the ability to perform his own separate investigation targeting General Flynn.
At that point, the situation had obviously become so beyond the pale that Powell literally had no choice but to see this writ of mandamus. In the blown-up copy below, you can see that Powell requests the appellate court to summarily grant the DOJ’s motion to dismiss the case; vacate Sullivan’s order appointing Gleeson; and to reassign the case to a judge who hopefully has a little respect for justice and the law.
The notion that a judge in a case in which the prosecution has literally filed to abandon all charges would go to such unprecedented lengths to continue a 3 year-long persecution of a defendant who was entrapped and framed by his own government is repugnant to the American experience. It is terribly disturbing that any federal judge would oversee and in fact force such a perversion of our system of justice in his courtroom. This is Stalinist Soviet Union stuff.
The biggest fear we should all have now is the prospect of the Court of Appeals twisting itself into a pretzel to devise a rationale for denying Powell’s petition. Because if that happens, we will know that our federal court system has become hopelessly corrupted, and the situation is irretrievable.
This is a big, big moment in our nation’s history. But hey, better to know it than not, right?
That is all.
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