General Michael Flynn may very well be getting a second chance here in 2020, as his wild and tumultuous case is set to be blown wide open.
Flynn originally plead guilty to charges of lying to the FBI, but only in pursuit of a plea deal. The highly decorated military member has consistently insisted that he’s innocent, and that he is the victim of crooked cops not following the proper protocol while speaking to him.
Now, as Flynn prepares to withdraw that guilty plea, prosecutors seem hellbent on squashing any continuance of the case.
This is where the DOJ is looking to step in.
The Department of Justice recently opened an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the FBI’s interview of Michael Flynn while he was serving as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, according to two people familiar with the inquiry.
Flynn pleaded guilty to giving false statements to the FBI during that interview, but recently asked to withdraw that plea, further delaying his sentencing.
Attorney General William Barr asked the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Jeffrey Jensen, to look into Flynn’s FBI interview, the people familiar with the inquiry said. The inquiry began within the past month, they said.
Around that same time, federal prosecutors on the Flynn case came under pressure from senior Justice Department officials to recommend a lighter sentence for him than they had proposed, according to people familiar with the matter.
The move comes just as another Trump ally, Roger Stone, has been the recipient of some good fortune at the hands of the Department of Justice. The agency stepped in to reduce the sentencing suggestions that Stone was facing after being convicted of lying to Congress.
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