Top D.C. Prosecutor Involved In Stone And Flynn Cases Moved To DEA

( Prosecutor Tim Shea is set to be named the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to an NBC News report.
Normally, this wouldn’t be eye-popping news, but Shea has been involved in a little controversy recently. Shea is the interim U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
In this post — which he assumed over in January — he recommended a lower sentence behind bars for Roger Stone than the original prosecutors asked for. This sparked huge outrage from this group of prosecutors, all of whom withdrew from the case. Democrats in Washington accused the Department of Justice and Attorney General William Barr of being overly influenced by President Donald Trump, but it was Shea’s office that signed the paperwork.
Then, only a few weeks ago, Shea found himself at the center of even more controversy. He signed a court filing that asked a judge to dismiss the federal prosecution of Michael Flynn, who served as Trump’s first national security advisor. Flynn had twice previously plead guilty to lying to agents of the FBI and was only awaiting to be sentenced at the time of the dismissal request.
While Barr obviously approved the move, it was once again Shea’s office that did the bidding.
In a Washington Post opinion piece last week, Jonathan Kravis, one of the prosecutors who resigned following Shea’s overruling in the Stone case, wrote:
“The department [of Justice] undercut the work of career employees to protect an ally of the president, an abdication of the commitment to equal justice under the law. Prosecutors must make decisions based on facts and law, not on the defendant’s political connections.
“When the department takes steps that it would never take in any other case to protect an ally of the president, it betrays this principle.”
Now, Shea will be moved out of one of the most prominent prosecutorial positions in the country to another federal department entirely. He will be taking over for acting DEA Administrator Uttam Dhillon, who’ll be moving to another position in the Justice Department.
Taking his spot in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia is Justin Herdman, the current U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. This position is particularly high-profile, as the district handles many cases that are politically sensitive due to the nature of where it’s located.
Thus far, neither the White House nor the Justice Department have commented on the reported shakeup.
While Shea will apparently no longer be sitting as the top prosecutor in Washington any longer, the effects of his work will be felt for quite a while yet. Depsite Shea signing a motion to dismiss charges against Flynn, Emmet Sullivan, the judge in the case, hasn’t acted on the request thus far.
Instead, he has asked John Gleeson, a former federal judge himself, to provide arguments that would oppose the dismissal request. Gleeson will also analyze whether in fact Flynn lied under oath when he admitted his guilt and, if so, whether he should be held in criminal contempt of perjury as a result.