Judge sets June status conference in Flynn case

Judge sets June status conference in Flynn case
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The federal judge overseeing the case involving President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn has ordered all parties involved to report to the court for a status conference in Washington, D.C., on June 24.

The order comes after Flynn fired his Covington & Burling attorneys and hired a new lawyer, Sidney Powell, to represent him ahead of his sentencing for lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.

In a minute order Friday, Judge Emmet Sullivan scheduled a status conference for shortly after noon on June 24 for government prosecutors, Flynn and his representation to attend. The judge had previously called for a status conference to be held next Wednesday, but pushed it back in a subsequent order on Friday.

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Sullivan also signaled displeasure that Powell had not formally notified the court that she is Flynn’s new attorney despite signing a joint status report earlier Friday in which federal prosecutors and Powell asked to delay Flynn’s sentencing. Sullivan instructed Flynn to notify Powell that she must formally enter her appearance to the court no later than 5 p.m. on June 17.

The status conference will mark Flynn’s first appearance in federal court since last December, when he was supposed to be sentenced. Flynn abruptly elected at the hearing to delay his sentencing until he completely finishes his cooperation with the government, after Sullivan harshly criticized his crime and suggested he might receive jail time.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December 2017 as part of a deal to cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE’s investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Mueller, who completed his investigation in late March, said Flynn provided “substantial assistance” in the investigation. His case is now being handled by federal prosecutors in D.C.

Prosecutors and Flynn’s attorney notified the court earlier Friday that Flynn would likely be completely finished cooperating with the government in two months, following the trial of his former business partner Bijan Kian, who has been charged with illegally lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government.

The parties said Flynn could be a witness against Kian at his July trial in the Eastern District of Virginia and asked to file their next status report in 60 days. 

– This story was updated at 6:55 p.m. to reflect the judge's latest order