Courtesy of CNBC:

A federal appeals court ordered a lower-court judge Wednesday to dismiss the criminal case against Michael Flynn, who briefly served as President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor before being investigated and prosecuted for lying to FBI agents.

The 2-1 ruling by the three-judge appeals panel stressed the power of the Department of Justice, which has sought to drop its prosecution of Flynn, to make criminal charging decisions given its status as part of the executive branch of government.

The ruling came in response to a request for a so-called writ of mandamus, or judicial directive from Flynn’s lawyers.

Those defense attorneys asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after Washington federal court Judge Emmet Sullivan did not promptly grant the Justice Department’s highly unusual motion to dismiss the case.

And this comes just a day or two after we learned that a prosecutor quit because Trump was interfering in the Roger Stone case. 

And now Trump is already taking his victory lap. 

That is the confidence of a man who now believes he can do anything that he wants, and so far he has not been wrong.

I would like to point out that Michael Flynn admitted that he lied to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador concerning relaxing sanctions against his country for interfering in our elections and that Flynn pleaded guilty to those charges. 

There was a time, oh about four years ago now, when that would have guaranteed a prison sentence. 

But that was when America was still America.