…In court documents being filed Thursday, the Justice Department said it is dropping the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.” The documents were obtained by The Associated Press.
The Justice Department said it had concluded that Flynn’s interview by the FBI was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and that the interview on January 24, 2017 was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”
The U.S. attorney reviewing the Flynn case, Jeff Jensen, recommended the move to Attorney General William Barr last week and formalized the recommendation in a document this week.
“Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case,” Jensen said in a statement. “I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”…
The dismissal of Flynn’s case comes as a result of his decision to change attorneys last year and bring on Sidney Powell who pressed the Justice Department for documents concealed from Flynn by the DOJ and apparently his own former attorneys.
UPDATE: Confirmed by CBS News:
Prosecutor of ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn withdraws from case amid controversy over documents
A top prosecutor in the criminal case against former national security advisor Michael Flynn removed himself from the case Thursday.
The Justice Department prosecutor, Brandon Van Grack, who heads a unit responsible for prosecuting violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, did not say in a court filing why he is withdrawing from Flynn’s case.
Van Grack’s withdrawal follows the public release of new documents that were unsealed in the case, which Flynn’s defenders say provide evidence of wrongdoing by the government.
A top prosecutor removed himself Thursday from the criminal case against former national security advisor Michael Flynn, as well as from at least two other court cases involving Flynn.
The Justice Department prosecutor, Brandon Van Grack, did not say in a court filing why he is withdrawing from Flynn’s case. He heads a unit responsible for prosecuting violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Van Grack also withdrew from at least two other active cases Thursday, court filings show. Flynn is listed as an interested party in both of those cases. All three cases are in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and all are presided over by Judge Emmet Sullivan.
Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor, was charged as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe with lying to FBI agents about his discussions with Russia’s ambassador to the United States before Trump took office. Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to federal agents.