(UnitedVoice.com) – On Friday morning, May 8, US Attorney General William Barr defended the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) dismissal of the case against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Barr said that Flynn did not commit a crime. Naturally, he is now facing intense criticism from liberal media organizations.
In 2017, Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about two contacts he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak as incoming National Security Adviser. In the DOJ’s filing to dismiss, it said that the calls between Flynn and Kislyak were “entirely appropriate.” It further stated, “Because the Government does not have a substantial federal interest in penalizing a defendant for a crime that it is not satisfied occurred and that it does not believe it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt, the Government now moves to dismiss the criminal information under Rule 48(a).”
Barr Defends Dismissal and Flynn
Over the last week, it was unveiled that the FBI did not have a case against Flynn but still intentionally set a trap to force him to lie under pressure in hopes of getting him fired. In the wake of the devastating news that the FBI tried to frame Flynn and the case’s dismissal, Barr spoke up during an interview on Friday morning. Barr stated that people occasionally plead to things “that turn out not to be crimes.” He believes that the FBI acted inappropriately and that what Flynn said was not material to the case.
Barr defended himself against accusations that he was doing the bidding of the president and countered by saying he was doing the bidding of the law. He accused FBI officials of setting a trap. Barr also said he was prepared for the political blowback and questioned partisan Democrats and media.
“I also think it’s sad that nowadays these partisan feelings are so strong that people have lost any sense of justice. And the groups that usually worry about civil liberties and making sure that there’s proper procedures followed and standards seem to be ignoring it and willing to destroy people’s lives and see great injustices done.”
— Attorney General William Barr
Barr went on to share his concerns about perceptions that there are two standards of justice in the US. His goal is to restore confidence in the system and ensure everyone is treated fairly.
As expected, liberal news media and Democrats said the dismissal did not vindicate Flynn. CNN, The Washington Post, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) accused the DOJ of politicizing justice and corruption. Yet, new documents reveal that although Schiff and others said they had proof of Russian collusion for nearly three years, they did not. In fact, they were told by Obama administration officials there was zero evidence to support their claim.
This is an evolving story. Check back often for the most recent updates.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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