According to Newsmax, Judge Emmet Sullivan appears to be moving forth in the Flynn trial despite a Presidential Pardon given to Flynn on November 25th, 2020, signaling he may ignore the Trump pardon altogether.
Sullivan has given outside organizations permission to file legal briefs in the case involving General Michael Flynn. The Department of Justice has requested that the case be “immediately dismissed” as reported by The Hill.
More than a dozen groups have filled friend-of-court papers with the court, signaling that instead of dismissing the case, Judge Sullivan may drag it out until after the January 20th inauguration.
Per Newmax, these actions come even after the DOJ provided this statement to the court following Flynn’s pardon:
“The President granted General Flynn a full and unconditional pardon for (1) the charge of making false statements to Federal investigators . . . (2) any and all possible offenses arising from the facts set forth in the Information and Statement of Offense . . . (3) any and all possible offenses within the investigatory authority or jurisdiction of the Special Counsel . . . and (4) any and all possible offenses arising out of facts and circumstances . . . related to the investigation of the Special Counsel.”
Judge Sullivan was appointed by President Bill Clinton and has been handling the case since the end of 2017.