General Michael Flynn has long been seen as a sort of canary in the coal mine for the Deep State, as his case originated under the swampiest of circumstances.
Flynn had been charged with lying to the FBI which, on its face, sounds like a fairly serious offense. But, dig a little deeper, and the truth begins to rear its ugly head.
First and foremost, the investigation into Flynn was one of the premiere probes in the entire “RussiaGate” conspiracy flap, which, in hindsight, appears to be a bit of a ruse in and of itself. The charges against Flynn were flimsy as well, as court documents show that Flynn had no clue he was lying to the FBI, and agents had already admitted that this was the case under oath.
Then came the coup de grace, in which previously classified notes from the FBI agents who interviewed Flynn were revealed to the public, in which the Bureau openly discussed tricking Flynn into lying to them in order to hold those charges over his head.
This prompted the DOJ to drop the charges, but Judge Emmet Sullivan opted instead to continue the case via amicus briefs.
Now, after years of turmoil, Mike Flynn is headed home.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a lower-court judge to dismiss the criminal case against Michael Flynn, who briefly served as President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor before being investigated and prosecuted for lying to FBI agents.
The 2-1 ruling by the three-judge appeals panel stressed the power of the Department of Justice, which has sought to drop its prosecution of Flynn, to make criminal charging decisions, given its role as an agent of the executive branch of government.
President Trump heralded the news as “great” on Twitter after being heavily critical of the prosecutorial efforts against Flynn over the course of the last several years.
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