Gen. Michael Flynn
Gen. Michael Flynn

The U.S. Justice Department will end the criminal case against President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn, it was announced today.

District Court must still approve the request.

Gen. Flynn had pleaded guilty to charges that he lied to the FBI about his interactions with the then-Russian ambassador during the Trump presidential transition.

In 2019, he changed his defense team and worked to try to get a judge to reverse his guilty plea.

In its filing, the Justice Department condemned the FBI's work when it interviewed Flynn in the West Wing in the first weeks of the Trump presidency.

The Justice Department called the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Flynn for his contacts with Russia "a no longer justifiably predicated investigation."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said recently that new documents showing notes the FBI made about trying to get Flynn (see https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.191592/gov.uscourts.dcd.191592.188.0_8.pdf) "reek of political misconduct."

"It's pretty apparent to me that General Flynn was a victim of an out-of-control Department and Justice. He basically got railroaded," Graham said. "I trust Attorney General Barr to be fair to everybody involved with those being investigated, but his goal, I know him very well, is to right the ship. It's to restore trust that's been lost. To hold people accountable."

After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1981, Flynn was commissioned a second lieutenant in military intelligence. His first assignment was as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. He later served as director of Intelligence, Joint Special Operations Command with duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom; director of Intelligence, U.S. Central Command; the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. His awards (all with clusters, indicating distinguished action) include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the NATO Service Medal and several service and campaign ribbons.

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