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Appeals Court Makes Rare Move in Michael Flynn Case

In setback for Flynn, full federal appeals panel will review dismissal of his case

(Newser) - Michael Flynn is not out of hot water just yet. The entire Washington-based federal appeals court plans to take up the Justice Department's request to dismiss the criminal case against President Trump's former national security adviser, per the AP . The action Thursday by the full US Court of... More »

Divided Appeals Court: The Flynn Case Must Die

Their 2-1 opinion slams the judge overseeing the case

(Newser) - Looks like Michael Flynn is even closer to legal daylight. An appeals court ruled Wednesday that Flynn's long and controversial court case should be dismissed—which likely means it's over, USA Today reports. The 2-1 opinion criticized the judge who refused to approve a Justice Department plan to... More »

Barr's DOJ Accused of 'Gross Abuse' in Flynn Case

Ex-judge argues against dropping charges

(Newser) - A retired judge appointed to argue against the Justice Department's move to drop the charges against Michael Flynn has delivered a blistering broadside against the case for dismissal—and accused the department of "gross abuse of prosecutorial power." In a 73-page brief , John Gleeson said "no... More »

FBI Director Orders Review to Seek Out 'Misconduct'

Christopher Wray delves into the Michael Flynn investigation

(Newser) - The controversial FBI investigation into Michael Flynn has triggered yet another review—this one by the agency itself, the Washington Post reports. FBI Director Christopher Wray, who ordered the internal review, said it will try to "determine whether any current employees engaged in misconduct" and assess whether "improvements... More »

Michael Flynn Probe Reveals 'Systematic Abuse'

Glenn Greenwald becomes an unexpected ally

(Newser) - Michael Flynn has found himself an unexpected defender. Writing at the Intercept —a distinctly left-of-center news source—Glenn Greenwald argues that the Flynn investigation was fishy to start with and revealed just how biased US security agencies have become. "Flynn is a right-wing, hawkish general whose views on... More »

Trump Goes After Obama, Obama Responds With 1 Word


(Newser) - President Trump on Thursday went after his predecessor, who responded with a single word: "Vote." It went down like this:
  • Trump: He's been going after former President Obama, and on Thursday retweeted his own Wednesday tweet reading simply, "OBAMAGATE!"
  • Obama: The former prez had his
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The Big New DC Controversy: 'Unmasking' of Michael Flynn

A big abuse of power or a routine request by government officials?

(Newser) - Michael Flynn has been making a lot of headlines lately, and the new ones generally have the word "unmasking" in them. Details on the term and controversy:
  • The start: Back in 2016, officials in the Obama administration received intelligence reports about the surveillance of Russia's ambassador to the
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Ex-Judge Is Asked: Should Flynn Be Held in Contempt?

Former federal judge John Gleeson is asked to evaluate Flynn's case

(Newser) - The judge presiding over Michael Flynn's criminal case appointed a retired jurist on Wednesday to evaluate whether the former Trump administration national security adviser should be held in criminal contempt, the AP reports. The judge's order is the second signal in as many days (here's the first... More »

A Twist in DOJ's Plan to Drop Flynn Case

Move to dismiss case must go through federal judge, who says he'll accept outside briefs

(Newser) - A federal judge made clear Tuesday that he would not immediately rule on the Justice Department's decision to dismiss its criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he would instead let outside individuals and groups weigh in with their opinions. The move suggests US... More »

2K Former DOJ Employees to AG Bill Barr: Resign Now

This is the second time since February

(Newser) - Once again, thousands of former Justice Department employees are calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign. This time, they're peeved at the DOJ's dismissal of the Michael Flynn case , CNN and the Washington Post report. The nonprofit Protect Democracy, which previously organized an open letter signed by... More »

Ex-DOJ Official: My Words Were 'Twisted' in Flynn's Dismissal

Mary McCord says Justice Department filing is 'disingenuous'

(Newser) - When Bill Barr dropped the case against Michael Flynn , the attorney general suggested, in the Justice Department's motion to dismiss, that the FBI's 2017 interview of Flynn was "illegitimate" and that the bureau had "no valid counterintelligence reason" to carry it out, per Axios . To make... More »

'The Gloves Are Off' After Obama Audio Leaks

The former president tackles weighty subjects in a private, online call

(Newser) - As TMZ puts it, "the gloves are officially off." Yahoo News has obtained audio of Barack Obama speaking online with members of the Obama Alumni Association on topics ranging from Michael Flynn to American tribalism to the response to the coronavirus—and let's just say it's... More »

Justice Department Just Dropped Michael Flynn Case

It's a big victory for the Trump White House

(Newser) - A big win for President Trump: The Justice Department said Thursday it is dropping the criminal case against Michael Flynn , per the AP . The case involving Trump's first national security adviser had become a rallying cry for the president and his supporters in attacking the FBI's Russia investigation.... More »

Is Flynn Case Flawed? 4 Views

Former national security adviser says FBI agents entrapped him

(Newser) - Michael Flynn is trying to get his case dismissed , with his lawyers arguing that newly released FBI documents show that agents set him up before interviewing him in 2017. "What is our goal?" reads one handwritten note. "Truth and admission or to get him to lie, so we... More »

Michael Flynn's Legal Team Says Emails Prove a Setup

President Trump agrees

(Newser) - Michael Flynn's legal team is trying to get the case against him dismissed, and his lawyers say newly released documents from the FBI show why. The judge in Flynn's case on Wednesday unsealed the documents, which include notes written by FBI agents as they discussed strategy before interviewing... More »

Trump: A 'Full Pardon' Might Be in Order

The president tweets about former national security adviser Michael Flynn

(Newser) - President Donald Trump said Sunday he is considering a full pardon for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about dealings with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office, the AP reports. Flynn attempted to withdraw the guilty plea in January, saying... More »

Barr Makes 'Highly Unusual' Legal Move

Attorney general orders review of sensitive cases, including Michael Flynn's

(Newser) - The news involving Attorney General William Barr and his Justice Department just keeps coming. The latest is a front-page story in the New York Times saying that Barr has appointed an outside prosecutor to review sensitive cases, including that of Michael Flynn. "The review is highly unusual and could... More »

Michael Flynn Has a Sudden Change of Heart

Wants to withdraw his guilty plea, says Justice Department acted in 'bad faith'

(Newser) - Former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn filed court papers Tuesday to withdraw his guilty plea, saying federal prosecutors had acted in "bad faith" and broken their end of the bargain when they sought prison time for him, the AP reports. The request came one week after the... More »

DOJ Reverses Its Stance on Prison Time for Flynn

Now says he deserves up to 6 months

(Newser) - President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn deserves up to six months in prison, the Justice Department said Tuesday in a reversal of its earlier stance. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the then-Russian ambassador to the US. He met... More »

Report: Tillerson Rejected Trump Request as Illegal

Bloomberg: Then-secretary of state declined to have DOJ drop a case against Giuliani client

(Newser) - Bloomberg is out with a report that it says is in sync with President Trump's test-the-boundaries style of governing. In 2017, Trump asked then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to get the Justice Department to drop a case against an Iranian-Turkish man who just happened to be a client... More »

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