Federal Judge Delays Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Pending Release of the IG Report

A federal judge has postponed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s sentencing date. On Wednesday, Judge Emmet Sullivan delayed the former official’s sentencing until after the DOJ Inspector General’s report is released.

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According to The Washington Examiner, Flynn was previously scheduled for sentencing on December 18th, but his attorneys asked to postpone his sentencing until after the report’s release. Flynn’s defense team said there are details in the report which could impact his case.

The Examiner wrote:

A federal judge postponed retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s criminal sentencing set for next month until after the release of the Justice Department watchdog’s report on alleged government surveillance abuses against a member of the Trump campaign.

Federal prosecutors had been scheduled to inform the court whether they had reversed their recommendation of no prison time for President Trump’s first national security adviser. Instead, the Justice Department and Flynn’s defense team filed a joint motion asking for a delay because they expect Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report to “examine topics related to several matters raised by the defendant.”

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan of Washington agreed with that request on Wednesday and delayed the sentencing hearing, which was scheduled for Dec. 18, until further notice. Horowitz confirmed last week that he expects his final report to be released to the public on Dec. 9. He is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee two days later.

The Inspector General’s report will be released on December 9th. However, the judge did not set a new date for Flynn’s sentencing.

Judge Emmet Sullivan delayed Flynn’s sentence “until further Order of this Court” after lawyers for both Flynn and the Department of Justice wrote a joint request to delay the hearing as they weigh whether to ask the government to provide him classified materials.

The joint filing also notes an inspector general report on the FBI’s Russia investigation is set to release on Dec. 9 and is expected to clear top FBI officials from abusing their powers due to bias against Trump.

Both parties said they share the goal to move the case along expeditiously but said supplemental memos required to be filed within days of the inspector general report would be incomplete as they expect it will examine topics “related to several matters raised by the defendant.”


Flynn was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 18, and a new date was not immediately set.

Sullivan previously delayed the sentencing in December of last year, telling Flynn “arguably you sold your country out.”

Flynn was one of the the first former Trump administration officials to be charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to one count of making a false statement to the FBI for lying about his interactions with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Breitbart had this to add:

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Sullivan previously delayed the sentencing in December of last year, telling Flynn “arguably you sold your country out.”

Flynn was one of the the first former Trump administration officials to be charged in special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to one count of making a false statement to the FBI for lying about his interactions with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.


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