Flynn attorney asked AG Barr to throw out DOJ case against him: Court filing
While Michael Cohen (President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney) and Paul Manafort (Trump’s former 2016 campaign manager) are both serving time in federal prison, another Trump associate, Michael Flynn, has yet to be sentenced for his crime: the former national security adviser admitted to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. And Talking Points Memo (TPM) is reporting that in June, attorney Sidney Powell (who now represents Flynn) asked Attorney General William Barr to throw out the case against him.
According to TPM’s Tierney Sneed, Powell wrote to Barr on June 6 — which was before she had announced to prosecutors that she would be representing Flynn — and offered a list of reasons why she believed the case against him should be thrown out. Federal prosecutors for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) discussed the letter in a court filing on Tuesday, noting, “Since the beginning of their involvement, the defendant’s new counsel have sought to get the charges dropped, professed their client’s actual innocence, and perpetuated conspiracy theories — all while stating that the defendant does not intend to withdraw his guilty plea.”
Powell is demanding an abundance of information on the DOJ’s Russia investigation, which was led by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before it concluded earlier this year. Mueller considered Flynn a cooperative and helpful witness in the investigation, and legal experts have expected him to receive a light sentence. But Powell doesn’t believe Flynn should be sentenced at all. Moreover, she has asserted that current prosecutors should be removed from the case.
In its filing on the Tuesday, DOJ prosecutors also said, “Despite recently professing to the court that they still need ‘a significant amount of time’ to complete their review of information.… (the) defendant’s new counsel needed no time to request that the case be dismissed and the prosecutors removed. Defense counsel did not need to complete their review of the facts to make their request, because their request did not rely on facts.”
DOJ prosecutors, in the filing, described Powell’s efforts as “a fishing expedition in hopes of advancing conspiracy theories related to the U.S. government’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election” — and went on to say that Powell and Flynn “are in search of a result, not the facts.”