Watergate Prosecutors: Flynn Judge Not DOJ's 'Rubber Stamp'

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Wray has launched a review into the bureau's investigation of Michael Flynn.

The bureau said in a statement Friday that the after-action review also will evaluate whether any changes need to be made to internal FBI procedures or policies.

The department, in a major reversal, on May 7 asked Sullivan to drop the charges, drawing accusations from Democrats and retired career prosecutors that Attorney General William Barr was politicizing the USA criminal justice system to go light on Trump's friends and associates.

Sixteen prosecutors from the Watergate case are calling on the court system to ignore the Department of Justice and not drop the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Mueller's team of investigators inherited Flynn's case and obtained his sworn admission that he had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with a Russian ambassador while serving then-President-elect Trump.

Legal experts have expressed concerns that the DoJ, led by Attorney General Bill Barr, is being used by the United States president as a political tool.

The FBI did not say what sort of potential misconduct it was looking for in the investigation of Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to agents about conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition period.

The Inspection Division will lead the FBI's internal review.

In an unprecedented move, the Justice Department late last month asked Flynn's judge, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, to dismiss its prosecution of Flynn.

The Justice Department noted that he was acting on the recommendation of U.S. Atty.

On Tuesday, Flynn's lawyer, Sidney Powell, filed a petition for the writ of mandamus, asking the appellate court to grant the Department of Justice (DOJ) motion to dismiss the charges against Flynn.

Flynn admitted in his guilty plea that he lied about having asked Kislyak to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions imposed against Russian Federation by the Obama administration for election interference.

Flynn's lawyers requested a superior court, District of Columbia appeals court, to intervene, alleging that Sullivan is breaking rules and precedent in Flynn's case. Judge Sullivan so far has refused, a rare act of defiance by a judge in response to a Justice Department request. Flynn's attorneys have asked a federal appeals court to order Sullivan to dismiss the case, and to reassign any future court proceedings to another judge.

The FBI said that in addition to its own internal review, it has cooperated and been transparent with multiple inquiries assigned by Barr, including lending its own agents to the Jensen probe. The statement said the FBI's review will "complement" that work, and Jensen's examination will take priority.



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