For withdrawing the excessive prison recommendation of Roger Stone and for giving an ABC News interview in which he criticized President Donald Trump’s use of social media, Attorney General William Barr got a lot of media attention over the past week. Well, thanks to a new story, he is going to get a bit more.
To the surprise of many, it now appears that Barr has hired a federal prosecutor to look into the legal case that has been brought against former national security adviser and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Flynn, the reader may remember, was one of the first casualties of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion probe. Flynn has been facing legal action, not because Mueller and his team found that he colluded or conspired or anything like that, but because he allegedly lied to the FBI.
Recently, however, with the release of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, there have been some developments in the Flynn case. In fact, his defense attorney, Sidney Powell, is now asking the courts to dismiss his case.
The reason for this is that the Horowitz report brought to light a number of abuses by the FBI in obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) wiretaps. Flynn and his lawyer believe that he should not be held responsible for something that was the result of a deceitful operation by the FBI.
The DOJ and its prosecution team have since rejected Flynn’s request. Still, nothing has been finalized, including his prison sentence.
Flynn in review
Now, though, according to a recent report by the New York Times, it appears that Barr has hired someone to look into the Flynn case.
Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Times reported that Jeff Jensen, a United States attorney from St. Louis, has been put in charge of the Flynn matter.
What exactly prompted this move remains unclear. Perhaps, it was the Horowitz report, or perhaps it has to do with Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia collusion hoax.
But, for now, we really don’t know because the DOJ chose not to comment on the Times report.
What’s more, the Flynn case doesn’t appear to be the only one for which Barr has ordered a review. The Times reports:
Mr. Barr has also installed a handful of outside prosecutors to broadly review the handling of other politically sensitive national-security cases in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, the people said.
Over the past two weeks, the outside prosecutors have begun grilling line prosecutors in the Washington office about various cases — some public, some not — including investigative steps, prosecutorial actions and why they took them, according to the people.
We’ll have to see what they find and whether those findings affect the legal cases against them.