Sullivan’s opening bid and what followed was clearly an effort to make certain Flynn accepted full culpability for the felony crime to which he has pleaded guilty—lying to federal agents.
Sullivan also asked Flynn attorney Robert Kelner whether it was their contention that the FBI was legally bound to remind Flynn that lying to the FBI is a federal crime. “No, your honor,” Kelner responded.
Clearly, Flynn and his team overstepped. The judge obviously didn’t want Flynn to walk away being able to claim that, somehow, he and he alone wasn’t responsible for his own actions.
The judge also touched on Flynn’s foreign lobbying efforts for Turkey, though he has not been charged with a crime failing to register as a foreign agent. “Arguably,” the judge said, “you sold your country out, the court is going to consider all that.”
Here’s a little more color from inside the courthouse.