Charges against former Donald Trump adviser Michael Flynn have been dropped. This was confirmed on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
And now dropping the case means abandoning law enforcement that has become a collective call for the U.S. President and his followers, basing on the Flynn attacked of the Trump-Russian investigation.
The incidence is an astonishing setback for one of Robert Mueller’s signature cases. It happens, despite prosecutors claiming in the past three years that Flynn lied to the FBI in an interview in January 2017 about his talks with the Russian ambassador.
Flynn by himself self-confessed this, pleaded guilty before asking to withdraw the plea, and became an important witness for Müller as a special adviser who examined the relationship between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.
In court official papers that was filed on Thursday, the DOJ purported that it is withdrawing the case after a deliberate review of all the evidences and situations surrounding it. This included newly discovered and disclosed information.
In the file, the DOJ confirmed it had resolved that the FBI’s Flynn interview was not bound by and was not justified by the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation against Mr. Flynn. Also, the interview was done without following the appropriate investigative basis.
Last week, US Attorney Jeff Jensen, who examined the Flynn case, recommended that the case be given to Attorney General William Barr, and this week’s recommendation was formulated in a document.
In a statement, he said that by reviewing General Flynn’s case, concluded that it was right and fair to drop the case. He also clarified that he informed Attorney General Barr of the results, and opined him on these suppositions which he agreed.
The verdict will surely be a concern to Trump, who tweeted relentlessly about the case and declared Flynn exonerated last week. The ruling will likely also reactivate the supporters who have taken the retired lieutenant general of the army as a reason. But it will also add to democratic complaints that Barr is overly loyal to the president and could be an interference for a DOJ that has been focusing on coronavirus crimes for months.
Earlier this year, St. Louis U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen was appointed by Barr to investigate the treatment of Flynn’s case. As part of this process, the DOJ provided Flynn’s lawyers with a series of emails and notes, including a handwritten note from a senior FBI officer, detailing internal considerations for the Flynn interview.
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 and was among the first aides to the president to declare guilt in investigation by Mueller. He admitted that he lied about his talks with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in which he encouraged Russia not to take revenge on the United States for sanctions enacted by former president Obama’s administration on influencing the election.
He cooperated so extensively that the prosecutor said he was entitled to a suspended sentence instead of the prison.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.