House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has blasted the DOJ’s decision to drop criminal charges against General Michael Flynn on Thursday, warning the decision incriminates Attorney General William Barr.
“Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his illicit Russian contacts. His lies do not now become truths,” Schiff fumed. “This dismissal does not exonerate him. But it does incriminate Bill Barr.”
“In the worst politicization of the Justice Department in its history,” Schiff added.
On Thursday, the Justice Department decided to drop its case against Flynn for charges of making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
In 2017, the long-serving General pleaded guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation hoax and agreed to cooperate with the DOJ, but eventually withdrew his plea, citing prosecuting breaking their agreement to not recommend prison time.
“Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case,” Jeffrey Jensen, the U.S. attorney that Barr hired to review Flynn’s case, said in a statement.
“I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”
“A crime cannot be established here. They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage,” Barr said in reference to the FBI.
“People sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes,” the chief law enforcement official added.