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Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn reacted online to news that the Justice Department was dropping the case against him with a heartwarming video.
The retired United States Army Lieutenant General shared a patriotic clip of his grandson reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and holding an American flag on Thursday, just a short time after the Justice Department announced it was dropping the criminal case against him.
My grandson Travis…“and JUSTICE for ALL” ⚖️❤️🙏🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/IuOGugjOC3
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) May 7, 2020
“My grandson Travis…“and JUSTICE for ALL,” read the caption in Flynn’s tweet, a telling reaction to the abrupt reversal in a case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The case was dropped after a lead prosecutor, Brandon Van Grack, withdrew on Thursday and the DOJ agreed with Flynn’s lawyers, according to court documents filed later that day.
Breaking: Justice Department drops case against Former Nat Security Advisor Gen Flynn https://t.co/kYrD55v2NI
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 7, 2020
Prosecutors had claimed for the past three years that Flynn had lied to the FBI in 2017 about contacts with a Russian ambassador. Though he pleaded guilty, Flynn moved to withdraw that in January of this year as his lawyer, Sidney Powell, argued that he had been set up.
The release of unsealed FBI notes which showed the crooked intentions of the agency when the former national security adviser was ambushed in an interview in 2017 appeared to back that up. Fox News anchor Bret Baier accused the FBI of trying to “create a crime” in its investigation and the bombshell revelation prompted a rare tweet from Flynn posting a telling 12-second video of an American flag that set off a virtual standing ovation on Twitter.
U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen, the top federal prosecutor in St. Louis who was appointed by Attorney General William Barr to investigate how Flynn’s case was handled, had recommended dropping the case last week. In a statement, he said that he “briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed,” the Associated Press reported.
BREAKING: And it’s official. DOJ seeks to drop Flynn case! pic.twitter.com/6YbfBSdjxK
— Del Quentin Wilber (@DelWilber) May 7, 2020
U.S. Attorney Tim Shea signed Thursday’s ruling which said there was nothing on Flynn’s Russia calls “to indicate an inappropriate relationship between Mr. Flynn and a foreign power” and that the FBI had no reason to continue its investigation once it found he had done nothing illegal.
President Trump celebrated the news on Thursday.
“Things are falling out now and coming in line showing what a hoax this whole investigation was,” he told reporters. “It was a total disgrace, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you see a lot of things happen over the next number of weeks. This is just one piece of a very dishonest puzzle.”
Democrats, as expected, had a meltdown.
This is outrageous!
Flynn PLEADED GUILTY to lying to investigators. The evidence against him is overwhelming. Now, a politicized DOJ is dropping the case.
The decision to overrule the special counsel is without precedent and warrants an immediate explanation.
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) May 7, 2020
The DOJ has lost its way. But, career people: please stay because America needs you. The country is hungry for honest, competent leadership.
— James Comey (@Comey) May 7, 2020
Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his illicit Russian contacts.
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.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) May 7, 2020
If you don’t want America to be a tin-pot dictator’s playground, vote him out! https://t.co/11YkYqnCGx
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) May 7, 2020
Former federal prosecutors and FBI officials, Democrats and more, slammed the decision and targeted Barr, accusing him of doing the president’s bidding.
Bill Barr delivers for the boss. https://t.co/1EnTvCAcKq
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) May 7, 2020
In an interview with CBS, Barr pointed out that since it was never established that Flynn even committed a crime, it was the “duty” of the Justice Department to dismiss the case.
“No, I’m doing the law’s bidding,” he told CBS News senior investigative reporter Catherine Herridge in the interview.
.@CBS_Herridge: “When the special counsel report was released last year, you were accused by critics of putting your thumb on the scale in the president’s favor. Are you doing the president’s bidding in Gen. Flynn’s case?”
AG Bill Barr: “No, I’m doing the law’s bidding.” pic.twitter.com/pfiN4KLPPC
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 7, 2020
He added that he is ready to take the inevitable attacks against him for the decision.
“I’m prepared for that, but I also think it’s sad that nowadays, these partisan feelings are so strong that people have lost any sense of justice,” Barr said.
Meanwhile, Flynn’s powerful video of his grandson spoke volumes on Twitter where many expressed their admiration for the retired general.
Congratulations @GenFlynn 🥂🍾
We never gave up.
We always believed in your innocence and your integrity. God wins today!
— Carrie ❤️ America 🇺🇸 Text Trump to 88022 (@carrieksada) May 7, 2020
So very precious!!! ❤
— Lisa Mei Crowley 🐸 (@LisaMei62) May 7, 2020
— Patti Wise (@PattiLu2u) May 8, 2020
Lovely boy 🙂
So thrilled for you General Flynn 🏴🤝🇺🇸
— Ellie Reynolds (@EllieRe37375127) May 8, 2020
“And to da ma-public” is my favorite part… soooooo FREAKING cuuuuuute 😍 and congratulation sir. God is FAITHFUL 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— JayLong (@JaylonTheGreat1) May 8, 2020
God Bless America! ❤️🇺🇸 This is a great day for you, your family and all Americans.
— Peggy Seebaldt ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@pseeb) May 8, 2020
So happy for you General Flynn and what an adorable grandson!
— 100% American ❌ (@Patriotictoo) May 8, 2020
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