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Flynn Judge Gets Go-Ahead to Probe U.S. Dismissal of Case

  • Appeals court overturns decision in former Trump aide’s favor
  • Ruling revives judge’s probe of DOJ motives for dropping case
Michael Flynn, center, arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C. in 2018.
Michael Flynn, center, arrives at federal court in Washington, D.C. in 2018.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, can’t force a trial-court judge to grant the U.S. Justice Department’s surprise request to dismiss the criminal case against him, a federal appeals court said.

The decision Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington followed a rehearing of an earlier ruling in favor of Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents in the early days of the Russia probe.