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Judge in Flynn case ignites firestorm, suggests he committed treason… then takes it back: ‘I felt terrible about that’

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The presiding judge over former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s sentencing raised more than a few eyebrows Tuesday when he all but accused Flynn of treason — and then walked it back as if it never happened.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, appointed to the federal bench by former President Bill Clinton in 1994, had some very harsh words for Flynn, who served his country for better than three decades in the U.S. Army, telling the former general he sold his country out.


“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,” Sullivan told Flynn, according to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “That undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out.”

Sullivan asked if Flynn’s conduct “rises to the level of treasonous activity,” according to Collins.

When special counsel prosecutors said they didn’t consider charging Flynn with such, the judge asked, “Could he have been charged with treason?”

But then, following a brief recess, and after all but accusing Flynn of treason, Judge Sullivan tried to take back the slanderous assertion.

“I made a statement about Mr. Flynn acting as a foreign agent in the White House,” he said, adding that he realized that was incorrect.

Judge Sullivan, wearing glasses, is seen in 2006 photo below (Photo by Rich Lipski/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Flynn’s foreign lobbying ended before his role in the Trump administration began, prosecutors noted.

Sullivan went on to say, “I’m not suggesting” Flynn committed treason, in an attempt to undo the damage done.

Striking a far different tone than earlier, Sullivan downplayed his wild assertion.

“I was just trying to determine the benefit and the generosity of the government,” he said. “Don’t read too much into the questions I ask.”


After all of the drama, Sullivan ended up delaying Flynn’s sentencing in response to a request from Flynn’s attorneys.

But, Sullivan’s comments already took off among the left as they dug into the word ‘treason.’

Calmer heads, however, were on hand as they tried to sort it out.


Flynn can be seen in the video below from CNN leaving the courtroom:

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