Rep. Ilhan Omar reacted to the DOJ dropping the criminal case against former Trump adviser Michael Flynn by writing “White privilege at work.”
White privilege at work. https://t.co/KfqzcvwXiV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 7, 2020
Per TheHill, President Trump on Thursday cheered the Justice Department’s move to drop the criminal case against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, calling his former national security adviser an “innocent man” and a “warrior.”
“He was an innocent man,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon. “He is a great gentleman. He was targeted by the Obama administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a president, and what they’ve done is a disgrace, and I hope a big price is going to be paid.”
“Now in my book he’s an even greater warrior,” Trump said of Flynn.
The Justice Department moved to dismiss the case against Flynn just minutes before Trump was asked about the decision, saying it no longer believed it could prove the case. Trump said he wasn’t aware of the Justice Department’s move ahead of time but said he “felt it was going to happen” based on recent developments.
The department said it had concluded that the interview during which Flynn later admitted he lied was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation” into the former national security adviser.
The Justice Department also said it was “not persuaded that the January 24, 2017 interview was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis and therefore does not believe Mr. Flynn’s statements were material even if untrue.”
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, a Clinton appointee who is overseeing Flynn’s case, will need to approve the decision to withdraw the case.
Elie Honig, a legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, said it was very unlikely Sullivan would reject the department’s bid to drop the case.
The development would mark a sudden end to the criminal case against Flynn more than two years after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during that January 2017 interview as part of a deal to cooperate with former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Flynn sought to withdraw his guilty plea earlier this year, alleging prosecutorial misconduct.