Justice Department Moves to Drop Flynn Prosecution

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is moving to drop its prosecution of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

In a court filing on Thursday, the DOJ said it did not believe it could make the case that Flynn lied to investigators. Flynn had previously pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, but earlier this year sought to withdraw his plea. 

In its motion to drop the prosecution, the Justice Department said it made the decision “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.”

“We do not believe that the Government can prove either the relevant false statements or their materiality beyond a reasonable doubt,” the department said. 

The motion added, “The Government is not persuaded that the January 24, 2017 interview was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis and therefore does not believe Mr. Flynn’s statements were material even if untrue.”

It continued, “The Government has determined, pursuant to the Principles of Federal Prosecution and based on an extensive review and careful consideration of the circumstances, that continued prosecution of this case would not serve the interests of justice.”

News that the Justice Department was looking to drop the case came after a series of documents shed new light the government’s handling of the case against Flynn, as IJR reported.

Documents released on April 30, 2020, showed that the FBI was ready to close its case against Flynn on January 4, 2017.

However, the former head of the FBI’s counterintelligence department directed that the case remain open. 

That was roughly three weeks before agents interviewed Flynn at the White House. Flynn was later charged with making false statements to the FBI during that interview. 

But new questions were raised about the government’s case against Flynn after internal documents, which were released on April 29, appeared to show that the FBI discussed getting Flynn to lie during the interview so that “we can prosecute him or get him fired.”

Additionally, FBI officials weighed whether they should try to get Flynn to “admit to breaking the Logan Act” during his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the transition.

In its filing on Thursday, the Justice Department said that Flynn’s 2016 conversations with the Russian ambassador were “entirely appropriate” and did not “warrant either continuing that existing counterintelligence investigation or opening a new criminal investigation.”

Speaking to reporters last week, President Donald Trump said he believed Flynn would be exonerated, he said, “It looks to me like Michael Flynn would be exonerated based on everything I see.”

“I think he’s exonerated. I’ve never seen anything like it. What they did. What they wrote. … It’s just disgraceful,” he added.

On Thursday, Trump responded to the new development in the Flynn case and called him an “innocent man” who was “targeted” by “human scum.”

“He is a great gentleman. He was targeted by the Obama administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a president, and what they’ve done is a disgrace, and I hope a big price is going to be paid,” Trump said.  

Responses

  1. I find it comical that Scott (whatever the mouth) and Generally confused has nothing to say about this.

  2. Now, arrest these entrapment conspirators that was trying to use Flynn, Page, Stone, Papadopolous, Manafort, etc to overthrow a duly elected president. They are all treasonous traitors. May Flynn end up a very, very rich man and I hope Trump brings him back into the WH.

  3. A nice breathe of fresh air and justice! Hopefully, those who orchestrated this fiasco and caused Flynn to lose everything will get what is coming to them. God is watching and karma can be oh so satisfying. Best wishes to Flynn.

  4. So now that the DOJ and Democrats bankrupted the man forcing his to sell his house are they going to simply say “no harm, no foul”? His turn to recover all of the five million in legal expenses.

  5. This was an unmitigated disaster and disgrace from the get-go. I certainly hope that some very competent law firm steps up and agrees to represent Mr. Flynn pro-bono or a contingency basis in a lawsuit against the DOJ, FBI, and the rest of the alphabet soup that lied about him to further the liberal agenda. And I hope President Trump appoints him to a very high powered and well paying post… one that would allow him to go after the scum that lied about him

    1. An every senior agent who participated in the case. Every one of them should be bankrupted and striped of their authority.

      1. I sent an email to Trump a few nights ago suggesting he fire done-nothing Christopher Wray, FBI Director and appoint Lt/Gen Flynn as the Director. After all, with Gen. Flynn’s 33 years of military service he ought to know something about leading and getting rid of the disloyal scumbags (Barry Odumbo holdovers) under his command.

        1. Nanc and Dems will continue to lose their no minds. Maybe Flynn can move next to Arab Big Ears in Martha’s Vineyard

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