Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn Vindicated, U.S. Attorney Files Motion To Dismiss Case against Three Star General
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In a stunning and ‘historic’ turn of events U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen, who was appointed by Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr, filed a motion to dismiss the case three years after charges were brought against former National Security Advisor Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Flynn who had originally pleaded guilty under his previous defense counsel, had withdrawn his guilty plea earlier this year and charged the government prosecutors with strong-arming him and threatening his family, which led to his guilty plea.
He emphatically stated his innocence against the charges of one count of lying to the FBI and changed his defense counsel last year. Sidney Powell, his defense attorney, who had replaced Flynn’s previous defense team Covington and Burling, said today’s victory is a victory for all Americans.
“This is a historic moment for the entire country and crucial to the restoration of the rule of law,” Powell told this reporter. “Millions and millions of Americans joined and supported our fight for the truth and this important step for the country to begin to believe that we can bring integrity back into our law enforcement institutions.”
Jenson released a statement Thursday saying that “through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case.”
Jenson, who had discovered a slew of documents the FBI and DOJ had kept from his defense throughout his trial said he “briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”
Michael Flynn Jr., the son of Lt. Gen. Flynn, told this reporter Thursday that “It’s about time and it’s a sense of relief for the family but I want justice.”
He told me that those “people who went after my father and who put my family, father through this need to pay for what they’ve done. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.”
The FBI began its investigation into Flynn in August 2016 as part of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane probe into President Trump and his campaign and the now-debunked claim that they persuaded Russia to help get him elected.
It was investigators’ stated goal to find if Flynn “was directed and controlled by and/or coordinated activities with the Russian Federation in a manner which is a threat to the national security and/or possibly a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 18 U.S.C. § 951 et seq., or other related statutes.”
After a months-long investigation, the FBI “determined that [Mr. Flynn] was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger Crossfire Hurricane umbrella case” and were readying to close it, which was made clear in an FBI memo drafted on January 4, 2017 that noted investigators found “no derogatory information” in regards to Flynn.
Further, the document concluded, “The FBI is closing this investigation” and will only consider reopening it if there is new evidence on Flynn. That document, however, was never officially approved. FBI agent Peter Strzok discovered in January 2017 that the case had never closed and saw it as “serendipitously good,” according to documents obtained by SaraACarter.com.
The bureau then learned of conversations between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak from December 2016, which they used to keep the investigation open as a potential violation of the Logan Act.
On January 12, 2017, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius wrote of Flynn’s correspondence with the Russian ambassador saying that Trump’s then-pick for National Security Adviser discussed U.S. sanctions, but the White House later disputed that claim.
FBI Director James Comey and senior officials at his bureau and at the DOJ didn’t believe the White House, but didn’t notify the administration of that belief, even after receiving some pushback from within. Soon after, Comey sent two of his agents to the White House to interview Flynn, but failed to follow protocol in notifying the DOJ or the White House, itself. Following that interview, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent more agents to interview Flynn in the hopes of setting him up for a perjury trap, according to documents.
Jennie S. Taer contributed to this report.