Barr Says He Had a ‘Duty’ to Drop the Prosecution Against Flynn

Hours after the Justice Department moved to drop its prosecution of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Attorney General William Barr is opening up about the decision. 

“Our duty, we think, is to dismiss the case,” Barr told CBS News’ Catherine Herridge in an exclusive interview on Thursday night. “A crime cannot be established here.”

“They did not have a basis for a counter-intelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage,” Barr added.

When asked about Flynn’s decision to plead guilty to a charge of making a false statement, Barr said, “Well, you know, people sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes.”

Watch the interview below:

Barr said he wants to “make sure that we restore confidence in the system.” 

He also denied that he was “doing the president’s bidding,” and instead suggested that he was “doing the law’s bidding.” When Herridge noted that the attorney general was likely to receive a lot of criticism, Barr said, “I’m prepared for that.”

“But I also think it’s sad that nowadays these partisan feelings are so strong that people have lost any sense of justice,” Barr added.

Barr’s interview comes just hours after the Justice Department filed a motion to dismiss the prosecution against Flynn, as IJR reported. “We do not believe that the Government can prove either the relevant false statements or their materiality beyond a reasonable doubt,” the department said. 

“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,” it added. 

The move drew swift criticism from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) who called the move “outrageous” and called for an “immediate explanation.”

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe released a statement in defense of the Flynn investigation. McCabe also called the decision to drop the prosecution “pure politics designed to please the president.”

And former FBI Director James Comey blasted the department in a tweet, “The DOJ has lost its way. But, career people: please stay because America needs you.”

The Justice Department argued that the investigation of Flynn lacked a “legitimate investigative basis.”

Responses

  1. Of course he has a duty to drop the case against Flynn. His boss wants it. If he had a duty to justice that was bigger than Trump’s zone of interests, he would continue with the prosecution. Trump and his team are doing wrong, and doing it in plain sight, and getting away with it.

    1. IT WAS A FRAME JOB THAT IS WHY THEY ARE REFUSING TO PROSECUTE BECAUSE THE FBI BROKE THE LAW THEY QUESTIONED HIM WITHOUT HIS LAWYER WHICH IF QUESTIONED WITHOUT A LAWYER IF YOU TELL SOMEONE THEY DON’T NEED A LAWYER WHEN THEY DO THAT IS ILLEGAL AND HE HAD NO OBLIGATION TO BE TRUTHFUL, ALSO IT WAS PLOTTED TO DO WHATEVER THEY COULD TO GET HIM TO SAY HE LIED EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN’T
      THEY THREATENED HIS CHILD

  2. When are we gonna see indictments against comey, strozk, paige and mccabe?

    1. If the Trump justice team could manufacture evidence as easily as they can excuse his behavior, we’d see those indictments.

      1. I’m interested in your SPIN on the the release of The House Intelligence Committee’s transcripts. clapper, power, rice and lynch ALL SAID they saw NO EVIDENCE of Russian collusion in the election. Just WHO REALLY manufactures evidence?

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