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Sentencing Dry-Run

An odd hearing yesterday. Last week Judge Emmet Sullivan scheduled a status hearing in United States v. Flynn, ordering the defendant, former national security advisor Michael Flynn, to attend. It was Flynn’s first appearance in court since pleading guilty last year to lying to the FBI.

Apart from the opportunity to sketch Flynn standing before the judge as he presumably will be at sentencing, the hearing yielded little news. Judge Emmet, who was not the judge who took Flynn’s plea, said he called the hearing in part simply to meet the defendant and lawyers. The judge ordered the parties to update him on August 24 but set no date for sentencing.

Manafort Monday

Word got out over the weekend that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had yielded at least one indictment, and that an arrest and court appearance were imminent, so Monday morning the media descended on the DC federal courthouse.

It wasn’t long before we learned that Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his business partner Rick Gates, were going to appear before magistrate judge Deborah Robinson later that afternoon.

Manafort and Gates appeared to be handcuffed as they entered the courtroom, both with their hands behind their backs, but in fact the cuffs had just been removed before they came in.

Manafort and Gates are due back in court tomorrow, Thursday.