On Thursday, the Justice Department dropped its case against retired Army general Michael Flynn. The decision comes just more than a week after President Trump claimed that newly released FBI notes outlining agents’ strategy in advance of their 2017 interview in the retired Army general’s White House office exonerated Flynn.
In new court documents filed Thursday, federal prosecutors asserted the FBI’s interview of the then-national security adviser was “unjustified.” The documents also stated, “the government is not persuaded that the January 24, 2017 interview was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis and therefore does not believe Mr. Flynn’s statements were material even if untrue. Moreover, we do not believe that the government can prove either the relevant false statements or their materiality beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Flynn had pleaded guilty in 2017. However his sentence had been stalled in federal court for more than a year after he dumped his initial defense team and hired new attorneys, alleging he was framed in a government conspiracy and while seeking to withdraw his 2017 guilty plea.
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