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News Wrap: Federal judge delays decision on dropping Flynn case

In our news wrap Wednesday, a federal judge has delayed a decision on dismissing criminal charges against Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser under President Trump. The Department of Justice wants to drop the case, but the judge is asking legal experts for their opinions. Also, one-time Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort will serve the rest of his prison sentence in home confinement.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Electoral College members must back the presidential candidate who carries their states.

    The Electoral College determines the winner of the presidential election. President Trump won the electoral vote in 2016, while losing the popular vote

    We will take a closer look after the news summary.

    A federal judge has now delayed a decision on dismissing criminal charges against Michael Flynn, the former U.S. national security adviser. Instead, he is inviting legal experts and outside groups to weigh in. Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation. But the Justice Department now says the investigation was flawed from the start.

    Meanwhile, President Trump's one-time campaign chair, Paul Manafort, was released from federal prison. His lawyer says that it was due to fears about the coronavirus. Manafort will do the rest of his seven-year sentence for tax fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy in home confinement.

    In Afghanistan, the death toll rose to 24, after an attack on a maternity hospital in Kabul. There was no claim of responsibility in Tuesday's assault. But the Taliban denied that it played any role.

    We will take a closer look later in the program.

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that Israel needs to consider a number of issues before annexing West Bank settlements. Pompeo spoke after landing in Tel Aviv today. He met separately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with coalition partner Benny Gantz. Their political agreement calls for moving ahead with annexations.

    And back in this country, two states held special elections for the U.S. House races on Tuesday, and Republicans won both. In California, Mike Garcia captured what had been a Democratic seat near Los Angeles. And in Wisconsin, Republican Tom Tiffany easily won a seat in a pro-Trump district.

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