Justice Dept. moves to drop charges against Michael Flynn’s conviction in Mueller’s Russia probe

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      N2Doc
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      The Justice Department moved Thursday to drop charges against former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts during the presidential transition.

      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 U.S. presidential election.

      In court documents filed Thursday, the Justice Department said “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information… the government has 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 on January 24, 2017 was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”

      Flynn was one of the first and highest-ranking Trump aides to cooperate and be convicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements about his Russian contacts during the Trump presidential transition.

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      https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/justice-dept-moves-to-void-michael-flynns-conviction-in-muellers-russia-probe/2020/05/07/9bd7885e-679d-11ea-b313-df458622c2cc_story.html

      Oh what will the Russia Russia Russia! folks do now?

    • #312923
      salemcourt
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      Not to worry @N2doc.  The Russia folks will consider this as further proof of collusion between Trump and Russia!  They will double down on their claim now.

    • #312953
      Red Cloud
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      You lie to the FBI,

      you die.

      Now they say,

      oh he was GOP

      Tread not upon thee!

      • #313101
        Maedhros
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        The charges were dropped because, essentially, the “lies” that Flynn told were not relevant to the investigation because there was no actual crime being investigated, and recently released communications showed that the FBI set out to interview Flynn explicitly with the objective to catch him in a perjury trap.

        His body recovered from his torment and became hale,
        but the shadow of his pain was in his heart;
        and he lived to wield his sword with left hand
        more deadly than his right had been.

    • #312959
      Whattheheck
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      Flynn’s life was destroyed by a bunch of ruthless, evil politicians, bureaucrats, and FBI personnel.

      The man lost his reputation, his home, everything!  He has one hell of an attorney who was finally able to snatch the files from the various government entities and properly represent him and plead his case.  I hope he counter sues the government!!

       

    • #312988
      Babel 17
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      Not doing something now to ameliorate the bad faith actions of the past would make that worse, and doing something now will earn points for the DOJ that they can use when they don’t prosecute their people who disgraced the agency.

      This could involve Mueller himself having to repeatedly and endlessly go on the record, and the DOJ doesn’t want Flynn’s attorneys all up in that, given that Mueller appears to have been unable to manage his team. His prior testimony indicates that he might be a disaster if he had hard, pointed, questions put to him while under oath, and that could give cause for everybody who worked for him, or who acted at his behest, to spend a lot of time under oath as well.

      I’m guessing that Flynn’s legal defense fund is now essentially bottomless, so the DOJ can’t use the usual tactic of outspending a defendant.

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