AG William Barr’s decision to tap a federal prosecutor to look into Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s case over lying to FBI agents has turned the spotlight on the longstanding litigation. American lawyer and politician Patrick Borchers has explained the case’s apparent controversies and Barr’s abrupt involvement.
On 18 February, the defence team of former National Security advisor Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn urged the court to dismiss the general’s case on two bases: first, a violation of due process and “outrageous misconduct” by the government and, second, an exercise of a federal court’s supervisory authority.
The brief was filed after Attorney General William Barr in a rare move appointed a chief federal prosecutor to review Flynn’s case. Barr’s move added to criticism mounting in the press over his decision to reconsider federal prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s former aide Roger Stone, who was found guilty in November 2019 on several charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry.
In her 18 February brief, Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell cited “a stunning report of the Inspector General [Michael Horowitz] that one of the two FBI agents, who broke all protocols to interview Mr. Flynn in the White House on January 24, 2017, was surreptitious participant in a presidential briefing on August 17, 2016″.
According to Powell, the FBI’s interview of Flynn was nothing short of a trap in a broader “spygate” effort against Donald…