US Justice Department drops case against former Trump adviser Michael Flynn

US Justice Department drops case against former Trump adviser Michael Flynn

US Justice Department drops case against former Trump adviser Michael Flynn

The unraveling of Flynn's guilty plea marked a stunning reversal by the Justice Department in the case of the former three-star Army general, who was convicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

During an interview on "Fox and Friends", Trump explained why he chose not to go on a firing spree amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation a la Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre during the Watergate scandal.

He also clarified the dismissal would not impact the Russian Federation investigation and said the Justice Department will continue to investigate other aspects of the probe.

Barr has increasingly challenged the federal Trump-Russia investigation, saying in an interview last month that it was started "without any basis".

Flynn, who had sought to withdraw his guilty plea, was still awaiting sentencing when USA prosecutors when DOJ filed a motion. Hours before the press secretary addressed reporters, the USA president phoned in to Fox & Friends, telling its hosts that the efforts to unseat him went all the way to the top of the Obama administration, and that it was "all coming out" now.

On Friday, Trump made clear his displeasure with Wray in a call to the Fox News morning show.

Chaffetz went on to say, "It's just we've never actually seen the Department of Justice prosecute one of its own lately. Let's see. He's done an unbelievable job".

"In fact, it was laudable", contained "nothing inconsistent with the Obama administration's policies, and ... was in US interests", the attorney general said.

"Director Wray remains firmly committed to addressing the failures under prior FBI leadership while maintaining the foundational principles of rigor, objectivity, accountability, and ownership in fulfilling the Bureau's mission to protect the American people and defend the Constitution", the FBI added.

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who oversaw the Russian Federation investigation, said Mr Barr's argument is "patently false, and ignores the considerable national security risk his contacts raised".

"Attorney General Barr's politicization of justice knows no bounds", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

The case was recently back in the spotlight, more than a year after Mueller concluded his investigation, after the Justice Department disclosed to Flynn's attorneys notes from FBI officials as they deliberated the case.

"I recognize that the actions that I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right", Flynn said in a statement at the time of his indictment.

Trump said that if Barr had been his first attorney general, there would never have been a Russian Federation probe.

"I am not somebody - as is quite clear by now to lots of people - who expresses himself with hyperbole and loud rhetoric".

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