A federal appeals court has denied former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s request to force Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to dismiss his case after the Department of Justice requested that the case be dismissed based on evidence obtained by Justice Department investigators revealing Flynn’s innocence in the matter.
It was an eight to two decision that will basically give Sullivan time to debate the ability to question whether or not the decision to dismiss the case by the Justice Department under Attorney General William Barr was political. This decision reverses an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel in the same court that ordered the judge to immediately dismiss Flynn’s case.
The tragedy, however, of the action taken Monday by the court will not only harm Flynn and his family – it tramples on his right to have a speedy trial and gives Sullivan the authority to operate as a prosecutor and not a judge. President Donald Trump has hinted that he would immediately pardon Flynn but has stayed out of the situation in an effort to have justice through the courts.
Maybe Trump should intervene now. Maybe it’s time he ends the injustice against Flynn. The leftist liberals – along with their friends in the Judicial branch – are politicizing everything and everyone connected to Trump. Flynn and his family have been through enough.
Our nation has been through enough. His case has been a roller coaster ride that has done little more than take a war hero and drag him through the battlefield of an unfair and two-tiered justice system.
Moreover, sufficient evidence has already been provided by Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell revealing that her client was set up by the Obama Administration’s FBI. In fact, personnel from the FBI involved in Flynn’s investigation have either been fired, dismissed or retired from the bureau. Currently, some, like former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former Director James Comey are under scrutiny by Barr appointed prosecutor John Durham who is probing the FBI’s malfeasance in its investigation into President Donald Trump and now debunked allegations that the campaign conspired with Russia.
Powell noted in a Tweet that the decision was a “disturbing blow to the rule of law.”
Because of Monday’s decision by the federal appeals court, Sullivan can move forward with his plans to hold a hearing on whether or not the DOJ can dismiss the case.
Judge Thomas Griffith noted in the decision that it would be premature for the appeals court to intervene and force Sullivan to render a decision in Flynn’s case.
“Today we reach the unexceptional yet important conclusion that a court of appeals should stay its hand and allow the district court to finish its work rather than hear a challenge to a decision not yet made,” stated Griffith in a statement concurring with the court’s opinion. “That is a policy the federal courts have followed since the beginning of the Republic.”
The court also rejected the three-star Army general from having his case reassigned from Sullivan to another judge.
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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”
Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.
Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.
At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.
“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”
“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”
This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”
During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.
“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”
“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”
Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.
Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.
“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”
Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.
“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”
He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.
Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”
“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.
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