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Flynn Judge Weighs Criminal Contempt Over Guilty Plea

  • Retired judge to argue against government’s dismissal request
  • John Gleeson prosecuted mob bosses including John Gotti
Michael Flynn exits federal court in Washington in 2019. 

Michael Flynn exits federal court in Washington in 2019. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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The judge overseeing Michael Flynn’s prosecution asked whether President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor should be held in criminal contempt for perjury and named a former federal judge to argue in opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss Flynn’s case.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington issued a one-page order on Wednesday appointing John Gleeson to present arguments in opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss and address whether Flynn should be held in contempt. Both Sullivan and Gleeson were appointed by former President Bill Clinton.