Judge puts DOJ move to dismiss Flynn guilty plea on hold

District Judge Emmet G. SullivanA federal judge on Tuesday held up the Justice Department’s motion to drop charges against Michael Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said he expected independent groups and legal experts to challenge the Trump administration’s determination that Flynn should never have been charged with lying to the FBI.

Flynn pleaded guilty two and a half years ago to lying to federal agents, who were investigating Russia’s election meddling, about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador.

He later tried to get out of his plea agreement, and the Justice Department last week took the highly irregular step of reversing its effort to uphold the plea.

Critics have called that move politically motivated.

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