A federal judge who rejected a request from the judiciary to immediately dismiss the case of Michael Flynn, a former adviser to Trump, has appointed a high-powered DC attorney to defend his decision.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan has retained Beth Wilkinson to represent her in a federal appeals court in Washington. The Washington Post reported.
Flynn’s lawyers are now appealing to the U.S. District Court of Columbia Circuit to determine whether Sullivan exceeded his authority in the case against the former national security adviser after forcing Sullivan to drop Flynn’s guilty plea.
Flynn’s lawyers set a June 1 deadline for Sullivan to respond to a request for an immediate dismissal of the case.
Flynn initially pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Earlier this month, however, the judiciary moved to dismiss his criminal case against him.
The court said in court documents that it “wanted to dismiss the case after reviewing all the facts and circumstances of the case, including newly discovered and published information.”
Wilkinson, known in DC for accepting high-profile defendants, presented the case to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh during his controversial Senate confirmation hearing.