The District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled this Wednesday to immediately dismiss the case against US President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, despite pleading guilty in 2017 to having lied to the FBI about their relationship. with senior Russian officials.
The court has therefore prevented district judge Emmer Sullivan from further investigating whether the Justice Department’s decision to drop the charges is a corruption offense that, according to CNN news, is said to help a former political ally of Trump.
In this sense, the court ruled that such an investigation would affect “the executive’s exclusive procedural powers”. “It is possible that the procedures under consideration require the disclosure of the internal process of performing the procedure discretely,” the judgment said.
Trump has now welcomed the decision: “Great! The Court of Appeal supports the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn.”