Judge puts off approving US request to dismiss Flynn case

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal courthouse in Washington, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, following a status hearing. ((AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta))

By Eric Tucker, Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP)– A federal judge is making clear he will not immediately rule on the Justice Department’s decision to dismiss its criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan says he will instead let outside individuals and groups weigh in with their opinions.

Flynn pleaded guilty, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential transition period.

But the Justice Department said last week that the FBI had no basis to question Flynn in the first place.

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