A conservative activist thinks a "rogue judge" has a strategy behind defying the Justice Department's recommendation to drop the charges against retired Army General Michael Flynn.
Judge Emmitt Sullivan, who was appointed by Bill Clinton, has refused to comply with the Justice Department's recommendation to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he would instead let outside individuals and groups weigh in with their opinions.
Former assistant district attorney Abraham Hamilton III, now general counsel at the American Family Association, told OneNewsNow last week the judge's invitation for amicus briefs gives "official cover" for groups that oppose Donald Trump to "smear" Flynn and "malign" Attorney General Bill Barr as a law breaker.
"For this judge to interject himself between the plaintiff, the United States government, and the defendant, General Flynn, and refuse to follow the directions of the Justice Department that the case be dismissed is outrageous," responds Gary Bauer of American Values. "It's unacceptable. He is now a rogue judge."
And Bauer does not foresee a quick remedy -- like President Trump issuing a pardon for Flynn, as has been suggested -- for Judge Sullivan's actions.
"I don't believe the president can issue a pardon before there is a formal conviction and sentencing," he tells OneNewsNow. "So it would be premature for the president to issue that pardon. Second of all, I'm not sure that Flynn's attorneys can appeal to a higher court, because the judge has not yet done a specific act that would allow a higher court to overturn the judge."
Bauer believes Judge Sullivan wants to run out the clock in hopes that President Trump will not be re-elected in the fall.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.