According to a New York Times report, Attorney General Bill Barr is poised to drop the hammer on the criminal case against Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Barr has — according to anonymous sources familiar with the matter — appointed a federal prosecutor from outside the U.S. attorney’s office to review the handling of the Flynn case.
This is a highly unusual move, one that seems to be prompted by the Inspector General’s report released in December that detailed a number of FBI abuses of the FISA court to obtain warrants to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign.
Flynn was convicted of lying to the FBI based on the findings of the Mueller investigation, but since the IG’s report has called into question the basis of the Mueller investigation, Flynn’s lawyers have recently moved to withdraw the former Trump associate’s guilty plea and have requested for the dismissal of the case.
Flynn’s case isn’t the only “politically sensitive national-security case” Barr has called for a review of.
The Times also reported that “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.”
Barr has drawn criticism for a number of controversial decisions this week, the foremost of which concerns the DOJ’s recommendation of a lighter sentence for another former Trump associate, Roger Stone.