Judge Hammers Flynn, Mentions Treason Before Agreeing To Delay Sentencing
After a contentious hearing Judge Emmett Sullivan has delayed Gen. Michael Flynn’s sentencing.
The judge went to the extreme in scolding Flynn during the hearing before delaying sentencing,” Politico reported.
“Arguably, you sold your country out,” the judge said.
“All along you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser to the president of the United States,” he said. “Arguably that undermines everything that flag over here stands for.”
The judge even suggested that Flynn had committed treason.
“That was not something we were considering at the time, charging the defendant,” prosecutors said.
The judge pressed again about a treason charge and Brandon van Grack said that it was not a consideration.
“Your honor I want to be careful what I represent, and not having that information in front of me and because it’s such a serious question, I’m hesitant to answer it,” he said.
“After looking at the definition of treason, we have no reason to believe he committed treason,” prosecutors told the judge.
The definition of treason is extremely specific.
Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution defines treason as follows.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”
Prior to going to recess the judge explained what he was saying.
“Don’t read too much into the questions I asked. I’m not suggesting he committed treason,” he said.
President Donald Trump sent positive thoughts to Gen. Flynn prior to court on Tuesday.
““Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn,” he said. “Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!”
Good luck today in court to General Michael Flynn. Will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion in our great and, obviously, highly successful political campaign. There was no Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2018
The judge suggested that the sentencing be delayed until after the former National Security Advisor finish cooperating with the special counsel.