Michael Flynn Gets Another Day In Court—Here's Where the Former National Security Adviser's Case Stands

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn will have his day in court—again.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit announced Thursday it will hear an appeal of the dismissal of Flynn's conviction for lying to prosecutors about his conversations with a Russian diplomat during Trump's transition in 2016.

The order is yet another twist in Flynn's years-long legal saga and a major blow to Attorney General William Barr's Department of Justice. While Flynn pleaded guilty on two occasions to making false statements about his communication with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the agency moved to abruptly drop the charges against him in May as he was awaiting sentencing.

The move came after an internal review tasked by Barr found that Flynn's dishonesty wasn't "material" to former special counsel Robert Muller's probe into Russian election interference and therefore wasn't a crime.

But the case's judge, Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., has so far refused to act on the Justice Department's motion to toss out Flynn's charges. While he's weighed whether or not to agree to the exoneration, Sullivan has allowed third parties to comment on the Trump administration's effort to dismiss the case.

He also appointed former federal judge John Gleeson to argue against the government's position. Gleeson characterized the move to drop the charges a "gross abuse of prosecutorial power" and "highly irregular conduct to benefit a political ally of the President."

Sullivan's renewed inquiry was met with swift backlash from Flynn's legal team, which argued that "no further delay should be tolerated" in the case. They then asked the appeals court to step in to remove him from the case and have the charges dropped immediately.

A three-judge panel for the appeals court ruled in Flynn's favor in late June and ordered Sullivan to dismiss the case. But Sullivan asked the full bench to reconsider that order, which it agreed to do on Thursday.

Next up for Flynn will be oral arguments next month. The entire Washington D.C. circuit court is slated to begin hearing the case on August 11.

If Flynn were to be sentenced on the false statements felony charge, he would face a maximum possible term of five years in prison. But prosecutors have urged the judge to impose a sentence in a range between no jail time and up to six months behind bars.

Newsweek reached out to Flynn's attorney, Sidney Powell, but did not receive a response prior to publication.

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Former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives at the Prettyman Federal Courthouse before being sentenced in U.S. District Court for lying to the FBI about his communication with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak December 18, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Flynn's case is up in the air as a federal judge assesses the Department of Justice's request to drop the case. Chip Somodevilla/Getty