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Ex-judge appointed to review Michael Flynn case says Justice Department request to dismiss charges is 'abuse of power'

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 12:43:15-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former federal judge appointed to review the Justice Department's motion to dismiss criminal charges against ex-national security Michael Flynn has found that the government's request should be denied because there is "clear evidence of a gross abuse of prosecutorial power."

Former U.S. District Judge John Gleeson says in a filing Wednesday that the government "has engaged in highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President."

Gleeson was appointed by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in a special role to weigh in on the case, but it will ultimately be up to Sullivan and potentially an appeals court whether or not to accept the Justice Department's motion to drop the case.

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