Home US drops criminal case against ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn
Array

US drops criminal case against ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn

In an abrupt reversal, the US Justice Department moved to drop a criminal case against US President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

The case against Flynn was the most high-profile to arise in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign. 

In the court filing on Thursday, the Justice Department said that an FBI interview with Flynn was carried out without a “legitimate investigative basis” and called into question Flynn’s statement.

“Moreover, we do not believe that the government can prove either the relevant false statements or their materiality beyond a reasonable doubt,” the court filing added.

Read more: As pandemic continues, Argentina faces bankruptcy again

The federal judge in the case must still approve the request to drop the case.

Democrats slam decision

The move to drop the case came after the Justice Department faced increasing pressure from the president and his Republican allies.

Trump celebrated the Justice Department’s decision, saying he was “very happy” for Flynn.

“Yes, he was a great warrior, and he still is a great warrior. Now in my book he’s an even greater warrior,” the president added.

Democrats quickly slammed the move, accusing Attorney General William Barr of politicizing the Justice Department to benefit Trump.

“Attorney General Barr’s politicization of justice knows no bounds,” said Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives. She added that Barr’s department was “dropping the case to continue to cover up for the president.”

For the past three years, prosecutors maintained that Flynn lied to the FBI in 2017 about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contact with the Russian ambassador and admitted to filing false statements about his work lobbying for the government of Turkey.

The Russian investigation, headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, did not find evidence of collusion between Russia and any Trump campaign officials, but the probe did conclude that Russia interfered in the election to benefit Trump.

17 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

INEC staff caught on tape collecting N1000 to give out PVCs [WATCH]

A video has emerged showing a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at Emene Primary school in Enugu State collecting N1,000 each...

Tribunal: Osun APC, PDP clash over protests

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has alleged that protests by some people in the state over the judgement of the...

Yahaya Bello Allegedly Withdraw Support for Tinubu 

According to the report, Kogi's new stance is informed by permutations in the north-central state ahead of its November governorship election. As a result of...

2023: Atiku, Tinubu in fresh battle over health issues, alleged corruption

Barely 38 days to the presidential election scheduled for February 25, both camps of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party,...

Govs To Meet Emefiele Over New Naira Notes

Aminu Tambuwal, chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, has invited Godwin Emiefele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, to a virtual meeting on...