Judge Berates Flynn for Attempt to Minimize his Crime

The Atlantic is correct: Michael Flynn's lawyers badly miscalculated when they filed their sentencing memorandum claiming the FBI's failure to warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie to the FBI during a voluntary interview was mitigation for sentencing.

Judge Emmet Sullivan, however, who was set to issue Flynn’s sentence on Monday, was not sympathetic. “How is raising these points consistent with accepting responsibility?” he asked Flynn and his lawyers as they stood before him at the lectern on Tuesday. He then lambasted Flynn for lying to federal agents on White House grounds while serving as the president’s top national-security adviser in January 2017, and for lying about his lobbying work for the Turkish government. “Arguably, you sold out your country,” Sullivan said.

He added that while he would take Flynn’s 33-year public-service career and cooperation into account when sentencing him, he would not try to hide his “disdain” and “disgust” for Flynn’s crimes, and asked the government at one point whether Flynn’s conduct rose to the level of treason.

Flynn's sentencing was continued to March. He's still cooperating (in the case of his partners working with him on behalf of Turkey to "remove" the cleric Turkey believes is responsible for the 2016 coup against President Erdogan from PA to Turkey)for prosecution who were indicted a few days ago.

The Judge may cool off by March, but his lawyers' attempt to minimize his conduct after he pleaded guilty by portraying him as a victim of the FBI was a poor strategy.

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    To me (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 07:12:48 PM EST
    The most amazing part was, after this bizarre scene in court were Flynn was forced by the judge to say under oath he was not entrapped, Sara Sanders doubling down on their claim he was "ambushed" by the FBI.

    I do not understand why reporters keeps dignifying these farcical "briefings" with their attendance.

    I don't.  In a sane world the next time she walked into that press room she would find FOX news and WORLD NUT DAILY.  And maybe the Christian Broadcasting Network.

    It's is nothing but lies and propaganda and by sitting there and not walking out they are participating in it.

    Is our media learning? (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Erehwon on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 07:45:14 PM EST
    Today was The No Kellyanne Zone, perhaps tomorrow will be The No Sanders Zone!

    Also, glad to see you here still, Capt! As a longtime lurker and occasional poster, I have enjoyed reading your comments.


    How often do defense lawyers have to be (none / 0) (#3)
    by Peter G on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 08:03:05 PM EST
    reminded not to let the client's family determine how to pitch the case to the judge for sentencing? Recipe for disaster.

    New condition imposed. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 08:14:50 PM EST
    "Judge Emmet Sullivan is throwing another wrench into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's plans.

    Just hours after delaying Flynn's sentencing, Sullivan is now saying Flynn must stay within 50 miles of the District of Columbia come Jan. 4.

    Flynn had been allowed to travel freely under the conditions laid out by another judge. But Sullivan says he only learned of that today. He is now requiring Flynn to get his permission before he travels outside that zone, as he typically does in such cases.

    The order could cause some complications for Flynn, who has been living in Middletown, Rhode Island, near his family."

    Sullivan says he is approving Flynn's already planned international travel but will also require him to surrender his passport in January.

    And see wiki re Emmet Sullivan. (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 08:21:51 PM EST
    Very interesting.

    Jeanine Pirro likes him (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 08:41:45 PM EST
    Didn't the Judge Go a Bit Too Far? (none / 0) (#7)
    by RickyJim on Tue Dec 18, 2018 at 09:15:56 PM EST
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
     I thought with the end of the Cold War, Russia is not an enemy of the United States.