Report: Judge Accuses Michael Flynn’s Attorneys Of Plagiarism
Attorneys for President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn were issued a scathing rebuke from a judge who accused them of plagiarism on Monday, according to RawStory.
Flynn’s attorneys tried to “compel the government to release additional documents that they said would prove the FBI acted improperly when it questioned the former national security adviser and caught him lying about his conversations with Russian officials.”
But U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan was having none of their argument: “[Flynn] fails to explain how most of the requested information that the government has not already provided to him is relevant and material to his underlying offense — willfully and knowingly making materially false statements and omissions to the FBI.”
Reuters reporter Brad Heath picked up on the judge’s criticism of the attorney’s brief, noting “ethical concerns” over possible plagiarism. Sullivan said it appeared Flynn’s lawyer “lifted verbatim portions from a source without attribution.”