[Ed. – Politico gives this the furrowed-brow serious treatment. Obvious time-waster. Note that DOJ has already done this, which is how discrepancies were initially identified to demonstrate that Flynn should never have been charged. Any bets on whether the drop-dead date Sullivan’s trying to get past is 3 November 2020 or 20 January 2021? Or maybe we don’t know for sure yet?]
The federal judge presiding over the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn has ordered the Justice Department to conduct an unusual review of its filings in the case and certify by Monday whether any have been manipulated.
The order is a signal of intense distrust between the judge, Emmet Sullivan, and the department, whose filings are typically accepted at face value. In this case, DOJ has already acknowledged that two documents it previously filed — handwritten notes taken by former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — were altered “inadvertently” to include inaccurate dates.
Sullivan’s demand will force the Justice Department to confront tricky interpretations of handwritten notes that DOJ and Flynn’s legal team have relied on to seek the dismissal of the prosecution.