According to Fox News, the Justice Department has assigned an outside federal prosecutor to review the case of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeff Jensen was assigned to Flynn’s case according to an official with the Department of Justice.
Check out what Fox News reported:
Jensen will be working hand-in-hand with the lead prosecutor of Flynn case, Brandon Van Grack, according to the official.
The announcement of the review of Flynn’s case comes amid a tumultuous week at the Justice Department.
On Monday, federal prosecutors recommended a sentence of between 87 and 108 months in prison for Trump associate and GOP operative Roger Stone, after he was convicted on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
But in a stunning reversal, as Fox News first reported, leadership at the Justice Department overruled the prosecutors on the case, scaling back the proposed sentence for Stone, which immediately led Democrats to accuse President Trump of interfering in the process by tweeting about his displeasure with the Justice Department. Trump denies it, and the case has been complicated further by questions over possible juror bias.
The probe into Flynn’s case, though, comes as the timeline for the former national security adviser’s sentencing remains at a standstill.
Last month, Flynn and his attorney Sidney Powell moved to withdraw his guilty plea for making false statements to the FBI about his communications and conversations with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak—which stemmed from Mueller’s probe as well.
In the filing, Powell said that the decision to withdraw the guilty plea was “because of the government’s bad faith, vindictiveness and breach of the plea agreement.”
“The prosecution has shown abject bad faith in pure retaliation against Mr. Flynn since he retained new counsel,” she wrote. “This can only be because, with new, unconflicted counsel, Mr. Flynn refused to lie for the prosecution.”
The filing continued: “Justice is not a game, and there should be no room for such gamesmanship in the Department of Justice.”
“Michael T. Flynn is innocent. Mr. Flynn has cooperated with the government in good faith for two years. He gave the prosecution his full cooperation,” the attorneys also said.
This breaking news comes right after a federal judge postponed Flynn’s sentencing date on Monday.
Judge Emmet Sullivan made the decision after federal prosecutors filed a sudden motion to delay upcoming deadlines that would make the sentencing for Flynn unlikely.
“In their filing, prosecutors argued that Flynn’s former attorneys should testify after he claimed to have received ineffective assistance from them,” Fox News reports. “Flynn had previously hired the premier D.C. law firm, Covington & Burling. Federal lawyers also asked the judge to order that Flynn has his attorney-client privileges in his communications with Covington & Burling waived.”
The prosecutors wrote: “The government requests that the Court suspend the current briefing schedule concerning the defendant’s [motion] until such time as the government has been able to confer with Covington regarding the information it seeks. While Covington has indicated a willingness to comply with this request, it has understandably declined to do so in the absence of a Court order confirming the waiver of attorney-client privilege.”
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