Lawless on “Immediate Backlash” to Judge’s Harsh Rebuke of Flynn; Prospects for Sanders and Warren

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


University of Virginia Professor of Political Science Jennifer Lawless joined GoLocal News Editor Kate Nagle on GoLocal LIVE, after Rhode Islander Lt. General Michael Flynn’s sentencing was postponed on Tuesday to March.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan told Flynn, who admitted to lying to the FBI, “You were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the National Security Advisor to the President. Arguably, this undermines everything this flag over here stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out.”


“I think there was an immediate backlash,” said Lawless of Sullivan's comments, on LIVE.  “It seemed somewhat inappropriate especially given that both sides had come to what looks like a pretty solid agreement regarding. For the judge to step in and suggest the sentence was inappropriate, and Flynn’s behavior required he be held to a higher [standard], it was interesting Sullivan had to provide a clarifying Tweet, because he did not mince words. There is a little bit of chatter that [Sullivan] took things too far.”

Flynn is a Middletown native and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He was awarded an honorary degree by the University.

Lawless also spoke to the recent Texas court ruling striking down Obamacare; President Donal Trump’s nonprofit being dissolved after having been found to have engaged in political and business activity, and more -- including recent polling looking at Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both running for President in 2020.


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