Petty, Obama-Appointed Judge Finally Dismisses Michael Flynn Case After President Trump Pardon

The federal judge overseeing the case against Michael Flynn formally dismissed the charges Tuesday but ended up having the last word — calling President Donald Trump’s pardon of his former national security adviser “extraordinarily broad” and saying it doesn’t mean he’s innocent. Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI in 2017 in a case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller and twice pleaded guilty in open court. He then sought to withdraw his guilty plea related to contacts with the Russian ambassador, and the Justice Department moved to dismiss the case. Federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan said before the pardon was issued that he had the legal authority to proceed to sentencing, despite the Justice Department’s motion to abandon the prosecution.

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