Michael Flynn, Former Trump Adviser, Free From Criminal Charges

Washington – The United States Department of Justice dropped Thursday the criminal charges it had brought against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, despite pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a diplomat. Russian.

Trump celebrated the news from the Oval Office, where he trusted that “many people pay a high price” for how they handled the case, referring to prosecutors and FBI agents who launched the investigation in the last days of the Barack Obama government ( 2009-2017).

“He was an innocent man, a good man. The Obama Administration went after him, and they went after him with the goal of taking down a president,” Trump said, referring to himself.

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“They are human scum. It is treason,” he added of those prosecutors, saying that the media are “complicit” in their coverage of the Russian plot and should “return the Pulitzer Prizes” they received.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec confirmed on Twitter that the independent agency of the United States Government “has asked the court to dismiss the case against General Flynn,” something that still depends on the decision of a federal judge.

“Newly discovered information”

In a document filed Thursday with that judge, the Justice Department alleged that, after reviewing “newly discovered information,” it has concluded that the FBI interview with Flynn in February 2017 “was disconnected from the FBI investigation” into that official and “was unjustified”.

Flynn’s was one of the most important cases that emerged from the investigation into the so-called Russian plot led by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, which ended in 2019 after filing charges against three dozen people but without evidence of an alleged electoral conspiracy between the Trump and Russia environment.

Flynn, a general who advised Trump on foreign policy during his election campaign, lasted just 24 days as the president’s national security adviser once he came to power in January 2017.

The general had to resign his post after learning that he lied to the United States Vice President, Mike Pence, and other high government officials about his contacts with the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kisliak.

A hero in the Trump universe

In late 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kisliak, but later withdrew that statement and tried to fight the charges, while his attorneys argued that there was negligence among prosecutors and investigators who launched the case.

The idea that rebel elements of the FBI and the Department of Justice decided to persecute Flynn to collect political revenge against Trump has long been circulating in the media defending the president, who had not ruled out pardoning the general if he was convicted.

The sectors most critical of Trump considered the news as evidence of the politicization of the Justice Department under its current head, William Barr, and denounced a “capture of the criminal justice system for the benefit of the President,” in the words of the group Ciudadanos por Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

James Comey, the former FBI director whom Trump fired in May 2017, wrote on his Twitter account that “the Justice Department has lost the papers,” but asked career officials working there to “please stay.” because the United States needs you. “

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