FBI interview was ‘untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn…’
(Liberty Headlines) The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn following a deluge of newly declassified evidence that shows he was set up by corrupt FBI officials in a perjury trap to smear the new administration.
The move is a stunning reversal for one of the signature cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. Prosecutors for the past three years have maintained that Flynn lied to the FBI in a January 2017 interview about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.
However, the documents released following a recent review of the case, requested by Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, show that FBI officials including counterintelligence chief Bill Priestap and his deputy, Peter Strzok, purposely deceived Flynn during a January 2017 meeting with the intention of entrapping him.
Flynn previously pleaded guilty at the advice of his attorneys, who may also have colluded with prosecutors and deep-state operatives to conceal exculpatory material.
As part of the plea deal, which involved his cooperation with the Mueller probe into Russia collusion, prosecutors reportedly agreed not to indict Flynn’s son, a lobbyist with Flynn’s intelligence firm, on related charges pertaining to their allegedly illicit communication with foreign governments.
Last week, however, after FBI notes became public revealing the setup, Flynn requested to withdraw the guilty plea.
In court documents being filed Thursday, the Justice Department said it is dropping the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.”
The DOJ said it had concluded that Flynn’s interview by the FBI was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and that the interview was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”
The U.S. attorney reviewing the Flynn case, Jeff Jensen, recommended dropping the case to Attorney General William Barr last week and formalized the recommendation in a document this week.
“Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case,” Jensen said in a statement. “I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press