Attorney General Bill Barr’s Department of Justice moved to dismiss the case against Trump’s first National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Thursday, causing D.C. to explode in chaos.
Barr’s abrupt decision led Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to demand his resignation immediately after the fact.
“William Barr is not the President’s lawyer – he is the country’s lawyer. His political interference is blatantly corrupt and he should resign,” Warren seethed on Twitter Thursday evening.
Barr stands by the decision
Flynn, also a former Army lieutenant general, admitted to lying to the FBI about his contact with Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak after Trump’s 2016 election, pleading guilty to charges brought by former special counsel Robert Mueller as a part of the now-debunked Russia collusion investigation.
After handwritten notes indicating that the “goal” of questioning Flynn was to get him “to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired,” were found, Barr opted to drop the case altogether on Thursday.
Barr told CBS on Thursday that he doesn’t believe Flynn’s statements were “material to any legitimate counterintelligence investigation” and that the FBI investigation was kept open “for the express purpose of trying to catch, lay a perjury trap for General Flynn.”
As the Russia collusion hoax begins to unravel before our very eyes, Democrats in D.C. have exploded in rage. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), one of the main architects of the failed impeachment push, accused Barr during an MSNBC interview of “doing the political dirty work for the president.”
Schiff later tweeted that “This dismissal does not exonerate [Flynn]. But it does incriminate Bill Barr. In the worst politicization of the Justice Department in its history.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) furiously responded to the news in a statement, “Barr’s politicization of justice knows no bounds … Overruling the Special Counsel is without precedent and without respect for the rule of law.”