Adam Schiff: 'Lying' Flynn is Not Exonerated, DOJ's Decision 'Incriminates' AG Barr
Anti-Trump Democrats blasts Justice Department's move to drop charges
Democratic House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has slammed the Justice Department's decision to drop charges against President Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Anti-Trump Democrat Rep. Schiff claimed the DOJ’s decision to drop its case does not exonerate retired Army Lieutenant General Flynn but rather incriminates Attorney General William Barr.
On Thursday, the DOJ said it is dropping the criminal case against Flynn, abandoning a prosecution that became a rallying cry for the president and his supporters in exposing the disgraced FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation.
In response to the news, Schiff, a driving force behind the Democrats' impeachment campaign against Trump, imploded over the decision.
"Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his illicit Russian contacts,” Schiff squealed on Twitter.
"His lies do not now become truths."
“This dismissal does not exonerate him. But it does incriminate Bill Barr,” Schiff continued.
“In the worst politicization of the Justice Department in its history,” the California Democrat added.
Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his illicit Russian contacts.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 7, 2020
His lies do not now become truths.
This dismissal does not exonerate him.
But it does incriminate Bill Barr.
In the worst politicization of the Justice Department in its history.
Earlier on Thursday, the Department of Justice moved to drop its case against Flynn for charges of making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak ahead of President Trump taking office.
In 2017, the longtime military man pleaded guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and agreed to cooperate with the DOJ,
But, he eventually withdrew his plea, citing the prosecuting breaking their agreement to not recommend prison time.
“Through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case,” U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen - who Barr recruited to review Flynn’s case - said in a statement.
“I briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”
In an interview with CBS News, Barr defended the DOJ's decision to drop the charges against Flynn, arguing that he is "doing the law’s bidding."
"A crime cannot be established here,” Barr said.
"They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage,” he added, in reference to the FBI.
"People sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes,” Barr added.