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On Monday, a federal judge postponed former national security advisor to President Trump Michael Flynn’s sentencing date.
Judge Emmet Sullivan made the decision after federal prosecutors filed a sudden motion to delay upcoming deadlines that would make the sentencing for Flynn unlikely.
“In their filing, prosecutors argued that Flynn’s former attorneys should testify after he claimed to have received ineffective assistance from them,” Fox News reports. “Flynn had previously hired the premier D.C. law firm, Covington & Burling. Federal lawyers also asked the judge to order that Flynn has his attorney-client privileges in his communications with Covington & Burling waived.”
The prosecutors wrote: “The government requests that the Court suspend the current briefing schedule concerning the defendant’s [motion] until such time as the government has been able to confer with Covington regarding the information it seeks. While Covington has indicated a willingness to comply with this request, it has understandably declined to do so in the absence of a Court order confirming the waiver of attorney-client privilege.”
In January, Flynn decided to withdraw his guilty plea after he cited “bad faith” by the government.
“The prosecution has shown abject bad faith in pure retaliation against Mr. Flynn since he retained new counsel,” Flynn’s attorneys said at the time. “This can only be because with new, unconflicted counsel, Mr. Flynn refused to lie for the prosecution.”
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Flynn’s case stemmed from a 2017 FBI interview, in which he was asked about his conversations with former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to making false statements regarding those conversations during his interview, as part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Judge Sullivan in December rejected claims from Flynn’s lawyers that he was pressured to plead guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with the Russian diplomat