The Justice Department is dropping its criminal case against Michael Flynn, according to the Associated Press. Flynn served as Trump’s first National Security Advisor.
Earlier this week, Trump said that recently released notes from the FBI exonerated General Flynn.
According to USA Today:
The notes have given Trump and his allies new ammunition to argue that the FBI unfairly targeted him and his aides during the Russia investigation. Legal analysts said the president and his people are distorting the contents of the notes, which focus on a 2017 interview in which Flynn apparently lied to agents about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.
“They tormented him – dirty cops tormented Gen. Flynn,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday while suggesting he would pardon his ex-aide if he is unable to withdraw his guilty plea.
“If you look at those notes from yesterday, that was total exoneration,” Trump said.
Flynn was resigned from Trump’s team in February 2017 after information emerged that Flynn may have misled Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI about his communications with the Russian Ambassador.
Later that year, Flynn plead guilty to a felony for willfully making false statements to the FBI. His sentencing was postponed.
Just months ago Flynn filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea. In that motion, he alleged the prosecutors breached his agreement with them by demanding he provide false testimony.