The Department of Justice filed a motion last week to dismiss its criminal case against former White House national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn following explosive new evidence in the case.
Now, a federal judge overseeing the case will have to make the final determination on whether to dismiss the charges or not.
Vice President Mike Pence was interviewed by Axios over the weekend and spoke about the criminal case against him Flynn being dropped as well as said he would “be happy” to see Flynn rejoin the government.
“I think Gen. Michael Flynn is an American patriot,” Pence told Axios on HBO in an interview set to air Monday. “And for my part, I’d be happy to see Michael Flynn again.”
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President Donald Trump has echoed a similar message, saying back on April 30 that he would “certainly consider” bringing Flynn back into the administration.
Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States but later declared his innocence and argued he was set up by the FBI.
The DOJ filed to dismiss its criminal case against Flynn last Thursday, and now a federal judge overseeing the case will have to make the final determination on whether to dismiss it.
Newly unsealed documents in Flynn’s case revealed FBI agents discussed the Army lieutenant general’s possible prosecution prior to interviewing him, leading Flynn’s lawyers to claim he was set up.
The new revelations prompted the Justice Department, under Attorney General William Barr, to drop Flynn’s case, saying the federal government is not convinced Flynn’s FBI interview “was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis.”
“The Government has determined, pursuant to the Principles of Federal Prosecution and based on an extensive review and careful consideration of the circumstances, that continued prosecution of this case would not serve the interests of justice,” the department said in a motion moving to dismiss the case.
In the newly released documents, we learned that the FBI had drawn up paperwork to close the case against Flynn, but fired agent Peter Strzok made a last-minute move to keep it open.
Strzok was fired for sending countless anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair. Strzok played a critical role in going after Flynn, the new documents reveal.
Handwritten notes from the FBI — which were withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years — show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
House Intelligence Committee ranking Republican Rep. Devin Nunes also revealed over the weekend that the FBI’s original interview summary with Flynn is “missing.”
One could certainly make the argument that top brass at the FBI — such as Strzok and Page — may have deleted or altered Flynn’s original interview summary to make it better fit their goal, which was to charge him.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also made some explosive comments, going as far as saying the new evidence could “warrant additional charges against” top brass at the FBI.