February 4, 2021 – Flynn judge Emmet Sullivan moves to senior status, giving Biden opportunity to replace him

In Email/Dossier Investigations by Katie Weddington

Judge Emmet Sullivan (Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/National Law Journal)

“The D.C. District Court judge who presided over the Justice Department’s prosecution of Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn announced on Thursday that he intends to retire.

Judge Emmet Sullivan, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, informed President Biden in a letter that he is moving to senior status, giving Biden the opportunity to select his replacement. Sullivan, in addition to the Flynn case, Sullivan also took charge in keeping alive prosecution of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Sullivan joins a growing list of judges either retiring or moving to senior status as Biden prepares to soften the effects of then-President Donald Trump’s historic number of judicial appointments. Since Biden took office, 11 judges have announced their decision to retire, with the first making her move only hours after his inauguration.

(Read more: Washington Examiner, 2/04/2021)  (Archive)