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Judge forges ahead with Michael Flynn case after ex-Trump aide loses bid for quick dismissal

Michael Flynn, former U.S. national security adviser, exits federal court in Washington, D.C., on Monday, June 24, 2019.

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A federal judge is moving forward with former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s criminal case after an appeals court rejected the effort from President Donald Trump‘s onetime aide to have the case quickly dismissed.

Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday ordered lawyers for Flynn, the Department of Justice and a court-appointed lawyer to file a joint status report later this month outlining their suggestions for the next steps in the case.

Those steps must include a proposal for holding oral arguments on the Justice Department’s request to drop its prosecution of Flynn, who pleaded guilty in 2017 of lying to FBI agents before seeking to withdraw that plea early this year.

The judge’s order in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., came a day after a federal appeals court overwhelmingly rejected Flynn’s bid to force Sullivan to quickly grant the DOJ’s request to dismiss its case.

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