VIDEO: AG Bill Barr Breaks Down the Need to Drop Charges Against Michael Flynn
Attorney General William Barr broke down the rationale behind the dropping of criminal charges against Gen. Michael Flynn, who was being prosecuted for lying to the FBI. Barr was speaking in an interview with CBS News.
“Our duty, we think, is to dismiss the case… A crime cannot be established here. They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage.”
Watch Barr’s remarks on the dismissal of charges here:
A watershed in the criminal proceedings occurred when FBI notes preparing for the January 2017 interview that resulted in his prosecution revealed agents were hoping to trip out the then-White House National Security Advisor in a lie, in order to force him out of his position and prosecute him. Flynn was never prosecuted with a violation of the Logan Act, which forbids unauthorized negotiations between civilians and foreign governments.
Deep state political partisans reacted with fury to see the former three-star U.S. Army general vindicated on charges lying to the FBI, who claimed that the Trump advisor had been dishonest about his contacts with the Russian government prior to President Trump’s January 2017 inauguration. Former FBI Director James Comey claims the DOJ had “lost its way” after the dismissal of charges against Flynn, lamenting that investigatory misconduct on the part of the FBI during his tenure would have consequences.
The fishing FBI notes revealing a rigged expedition to prosecute Flynn might not be the only evidence to come out that shows misconduct at the highest levels of federal law enforcement during the Russia conspiracy investigation. Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell is preparing to release more than 50 interviews of prominent figures who appeared before the House Intelligence Committee to testify on the matter.