DOJ Drops All Charges Against Flynn Amidst Wide-Ranging FBI and Obama Administration Abuses
This is quite the bombshell and we cannot wait to watch all of the palace intrigues unfold in the weeks to come. The Department of Justice has decided to put an end to the Michael Flynn prosecution. They have finally filed the official motion and Mueller’s investigation is over.
The Department of Justice has taken things one step further, accusing Mueller of violating his investigation’s scope. This goes against the memo that was issued by Rosenstein. This memo had targeted Flynn, calling him out by name. Now that the prosecution has been abandoned, we can start to return to a semblance of normalcy.
This move is a major reversal. Prosecutors have spent the last three years claiming that there was a case here. They wanted the world to believe that Michael Flynn was caught in the act of lying to the FBI about conversations that had taken place between him and the Russian ambassador.
Once Flynn decided to admit to it himself, Mueller believed that there was enough there to build a case. Once Mueller got Flynn to cooperate, the investigation into these supposed ties began in earnest. The Department of Justice has now changed their tune, releasing documents on Thursday saying that the case is dropped.
Even with all of the newly discovered information, this was not enough to keep the investigation alive. This is the strongest indication that the whole thing was a mess from the very start. The documents from the Department of Justice were first obtained by the Associated Press.
The Justice Department on Thursday said it is dropping the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for Trump and his supporters in attacking the FBI’s Russia investigation.
The move is a stunning reversal for one of the signature cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. It comes even though prosecutors for the last three years had maintained that Flynn had lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in a January 2017 interview. Flynn himself admitted as much, and became a key cooperator for Mueller as he investigated ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.
In court documents being filed Thursday, the Justice Department said it is dropping the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.” The documents were obtained by The Associated Press.
The Justice Department said it had 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.”
When the Justice Department took a closer look at the Flynn interview that took place during the investigation, their findings were startling. They have reason to believe that the interview was conducted without any sort of basis. No legitimate investigation was taking place here and we are just glad that this farce is finally over.
No president should ever be forced to deal with these slings and arrows. The Department of Justice may be making the right decision now but there is definitely criticism to be offered. They took their sweet time when it came to making the correct choice. The obstruction charge that was filed against Flynn was rather flimsy. Mueller’s involvement is also questionable at best.
The interview with Flynn should never have taken place. While all parties involved seem to agree on this now, why did Mueller even start on this path in the first place? Even if the interview was in the scope of his appointment, it is hard to see why he proceeded even if the FBI already concluded that Flynn was telling the truth.
The Rosenstein memo only serves to make things more confusing. If Flynn was telling the truth and Rosenstein made this a key part of his portfolio, the Department of Justice may have needed to take more time before making their final decision. However, this is not the only aspect of the story that is turning heads.
Brandon Van Grack was once the lead prosecutor for this case and he is now petitioning to be removed entirely. He filed for removal before the Department of Justice made their final decision public. Of course, this move is raising eyebrows all over Capitol Hill. Van Grack provided no insight into his decision, only releasing a one sentence statement.
This decision can be viewed in a number of different ways. Perhaps Van Grack decided to withdraw from the investigation because he did not agree with the decision that was made by the Department of Justice. He is a Mueller team member who may have believed that Donald Trump was guilty. There are some who think that the investigation has only concluded because they are looking to placate the president.
Van Grack could have had other reasons to withdraw, though. Since the Department of Justice was in the midst of two separate probes into the Mueller investigation, he could have seen the writing on the wall. He may have believed that he was at risk of being exposed for his own malfeasance. Van Grack was accused of making baseless threats against Michael G. Flynn Jr.
Michael Flynn is now in the clear, regardless of anyone may have felt about the case to begin with. That’s the bottom line here. The more important question happens to be a simple one: was he actually vindicated? While no one can offer a definitive answer to the question, it is safe to say that he is going to come out smelling like a rose. Too bad we can’t say the same for James Comey, Mueller or any of their cronies.