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Schiff on Flynn: 'This dismissal does not exonerate him. But it does incriminate Bill Barr'

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 5/7/2020 Caitlin Yilek
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House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff excoriated the Justice Department for dismissing charges against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“This dismissal does not exonerate him. But it does incriminate [Attorney General] Bill Barr,” the California Democrat said in a tweet Thursday, calling the move indicative of “the worst politicization of the Justice Department in its history.”

In a court filing Thursday the Justice Department said the “continued prosecution of this case would not serve the interests of justice.”

Flynn, who served as Trump’s national security adviser for less than a month, pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with a Russian diplomat before Trump entered the White House.

Flynn cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but took a more combative approach after replacing his legal team. His new attorneys aggresively fought the charges against Flynn, who declared his innocence in January and claimed he was set up by the FBI.

Schiff, who led the impeachment investigation against Trump, criticized Trump in March for his "attacks" on the justice system after the commander in chief announced he was "strongly considering" a pardon for Flynn.

“He was an innocent man. He is a great gentleman,” Trump said Thursday.

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