Michael Flynn Withdraws Guilty Plea, Says Government Acted in Bad Faith

Elias Hubbard
January 15, 2020

President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, filed court papers Tuesday seeking to withdraw his guilty plea - a week after the Justice Department said he deserves up to six months in jail for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice recommended that Sullivan sentence Flynn to up to six months in prison.

"It is beyond ironic and completely outrageous that the prosecutors have persecuted Mr. Flynn, virtually bankrupted him, and put his entire family through unimaginable stress for three years", Flynn's attorneys wrote, further pointing out that as of December 2018, the government was so satisfied with Mr. Flynn's cooperation "that it filed its motion recommending probation because of his substantial assistance". But after an aborted sentencing hearing in late 2018, Flynn replaced his lawyer and began an effort to disavow his wrongdoing.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to federal investigators about his discussions with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the presidential transition in December 2016.

"It is beyond ironic and completely outrageous that the prosecutors have persecuted Mr. Flynn, virtually bankrupted him, and put his entire family through unimaginable stress for three years", she added.

Flynn's legal team argued in the court document that the government made such demands for the first time after Flynn changed his legal team.

Gen. Flynn is innocent of all charges, the government's allegations are false, and evidence the government released only recently needs to be reviewed and addressed. "The reason this all came to this is because they tried to get him to lie in the prosecution of United States vs. [Bijan] Rafiekian - his former business partner - and with new counsel standing by his side, of course, there was no way I was going to let him do that and he didn't want to do that".

The Washington Examiner notes that Flynn "was one of handful of people connected to the Trump campaign who were targeted by the FBI's counterintelligence investigation, Crossfire Hurricane".

In the court filing a complaint on Tuesday, Flynn's lawyers cite the "bad faith, revenge and violation of the case" for the decision to withdraw his case.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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