Justice Department drops charges against Flynn
Micheal Flynn (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)
The Justice Department dropped its criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Thursday. Flynn's arrest was one of the first arrests made in the failed Russia probe that resulted in a wasted investigation.
In court documents filed Thursday afternoon, the department said it was dropping the case after a shocking revelation revealed that the FBI had no “legitimate investigative basis” for interviewing Flynn on Jan. 24, 2017 about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s former ambassador to the U.S.
Documents released late last month have confirmed conservative claims that the FBI was out to entrap Flynn, who was ousted from the White House after misleading Vice President Pence and others about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
The full DOJ statement in a court filing Thursday said that,
"The Government is not persuaded that the January 24, 2017 interview was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis and therefore does not believe Mr. Flynn’s statements were material even if untrue," the department said in its motion. "Moreover, we [do] not believe that the Government can prove either the relevant false statements or their materiality beyond a reasonable doubt."