Justice Dept. drops case against Gen. Michael Flynn
UPDATED 3:06 PM PT — Thursday, May 7, 2020
On Thursday, the Justice Department announced it has dropped its case against General Michael Flynn. The decision to abandon the criminal prosecution of President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser reportedly followed “newly discovered and disclosed information” regarding the case.
According to the agency, after reviewing all the facts and circumstances surround the case, it concluded the 2017 interview between the FBI and Flynn was unjustified. The department added it was conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.
This came after U.S. attorney Jeff Jensen recommended the DOJ drop the case against Flynn.
“Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case,” stated Jensen. “I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”
The former adviser pleaded guilty in 2017 for lying to FBI investigators during the Mueller probe. However, recent documents revealed possible misconduct by the FBI and its handling of an interview with Flynn at the time.
President Trump welcomed the Justice Department’s decision to drop the criminal case against General Michael Flynn. While speaking to reporters, the president called Flynn an innocent man wrongly accused by the “Obama FBI” for political reasons.
“He was targeted by the Obama administration…in order to try and take down a president,” he said.
President Trump has said political biases in the U.S. government must be eradicated.
”They are scum, and I say it a lot. This should never have happened in this country. They went after him by going after fine people. Those fine people said, ‘No, I’m not going to lie, I can’t lie.’ He’s not the only one. There are many of them.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
@POTUS on Justice Dept. dismissing case against Michael Flynn: “He was an innocent man. He is a great gentleman…I’m very happy for General Flynn. He was a great warrior and he still is a great warrior…What happened to him should never happen again.” pic.twitter.com/Mukqb4watg
— Elma Aksalic (@ElmaAksalic) May 7, 2020
The president went on to say the perpetrators of the “Russia hoax” must pay a hefty price for trying to ruin the lives of innocent people.