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Emmet Sullivan, judge in Michael Flynn case, scolds DOJ for turning over altered FBI notes

The judge overseeing the criminal case against Michael Flynn, who briefly served as President Trump’s national security adviser, scolded the Justice Department on Friday for turning over altered documents.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan gave the government until Monday to verify that every piece of evidence the Justice Department has relied on is “true and correct” or face a penalty of perjury.

He also ordered the Justice Department to identify each document by name, date and author, along with transcriptions of all handwritten notes.

“The government did not address the Court’s authentication request despite the government’s acknowledgment that altered FBI records have been produced to Mr. Flynn and filed on the record in this case,” Judge Sullivan wrote.

The Justice Department earlier this month “inadvertently” altered court documents as part of its ongoing effort to dismiss the charges against Flynn. Although Flynn has pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador in 2016, he has since recanted and is seeking exoneration.

Department lawyers said earlier this month that a wayward sticky note scanned onto a set of undated notes from former FBI agent Peter Strozk covered up the date of a key meeting in the case.

An Oval Office meeting in which…

The Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com

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