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US appeals court to rehear arguments over ex-Trump aide Flynn | Mueller Probe News

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A United States appeals court on Thursday agreed to rehear arguments over whether a federal judge assigned to the US criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn must agree to dismiss the case.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said it would hear oral arguments in the politically charged matter on August 11.

In a 2-1 decision on June 24, a three-judge panel of the DC Appeals Court had ruled in favour of Flynn and the Trump administration. The panel said US District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who had handled Flynn’s trial, must grant a Justice Department motion to drop the case. 

But Judge Sullivan asked the full Appeals Court to reconsider the panel’s ruling, saying the Justice Department’s dropping of the Flynn case was unprecedented and should be carefully scrutinised. 

Sullivan had appointed retired judge John Gleeson as a “friend of the court” to argue against dropping the matter.

“In this case, the district court’s actions will result in specific harms to the exercise of the executive branch’s exclusive prosecutorial power,” wrote Appeals Court Judge Neomi Rao, who was appointed by Trump.

“The contemplated proceedings would likely require the executive to reveal the internal deliberative process behind its exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” she added.

Appeals Court Judge Robert Wilkins, an Obama administration appointee, dissented.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was one of several former Trump aides charged under former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that detailed Moscow’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Flynn twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s then-Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

He later switched lawyers to pursue a new tactic that accused the FBI of entrapping him, and asked the judge to dismiss the charge.

US Attorney General William Barr also intervened in Flynn’s case to support dropping the charges against him. Barr told a congressional panel on July 29 an internal Justice Department review showed the FBI had no basis to interview Flynn. Barr claimed he had not discussed the case with President Trump.

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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