United States District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who refused to immediately drop the charges against Michael Flynn at the request of the Justice Department, has now hired a high-profile attorney.
First, after refusing the Justice Department's request, Sullivan invited outside groups to file amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," briefs.
This was unusual because such petitions are typically only allowed in appellate courts and civil cases — not criminal cases.
In response, Flynn's attorneys formally petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to force Sullivan to comply with the Justice Department's request.
On Thursday, the appellate court gave Sullivan just 10 days to justify his actions.