- Attorney General William Barr appointed a prosecutor to investigate the criminal case against Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump. The New York Times reported on Friday,
- The news comes just days after senior Justice Department officials publicly undermine prosecutors by minimizing the punitive recommendation for Republican strategist Roger Stone.
- The events have sparked speculation that President Donald Trump and his allies will interfere in DOJ criminal matters.
- Prosecutors resigned from the Stone case after the verdict, and Barr in an ABC interview asked Trump to stop tweeting about DOJ cases because "it was impossible for me to do my job."
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Attorney General William Barr hired a prosecutor to investigate criminal proceedings against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to Special Representative Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The New York Times reported on Friday
The unusual move is likely to spark further speculation about political interference in Justice Department cases.
Flynn has already tried to withdraw the confession of guilt that was brought up more than two years ago. His lawyers in the case alleged misconduct by the prosecutor, allegations that a judge rejected.
Barr has been subjected to intense scrutiny in the past few days after senior DOJ officials publicly undermined the ministry's prosecutors by announcing that they would receive a lower sentence for Roger Stone, the Republican strategist who lied last year for lying to Congress, disability the judiciary and witness manipulation were convicted.
The federal prosecutor originally requested a prison sentence of seven to nine years. But not long after Trump described the verdict as "terrible and unfair," senior DOJ officials overturned the prosecutors.
These prosecutors resigned from the case in large numbers after the verdict, and Barr in an ABC interview asked Trump to stop tweeting about DOJ cases because it made it "impossible" for him to do his job.
The Times reported that Flynn's case was not the only one Barr assigned prosecutors for review. People familiar with the matter told The Times that the prosecutor's office was investigating a number of other "politically sensitive cases of national security," although it was not clear which.