The Ministry of Justice tapped on an external prosecutor and considered the case of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Fox News learned.
A Justice Department official told Fox News on Friday that lawyer Jeff Jensen of the Eastern District of Missouri was assigned to the Flynn case.
Jensen will work with Brandon van Gluck, the chief prosecutor of the Flynn case, according to people familiar with the matter.
The case against former U.S. Army Vice Admiral has undergone many twists and turns, and the judgment has been repeatedly postponed for the past two years. Flynn’s supporters claimed he was innocent, but his son was threatened with prosecution and was guilty of having run out of resources.
Announcement of a review of Flynn’s case takes place during the Justice Department’s noisy week.
On Monday, a federal prosecutor was convicted of Trump Associate and GOP Roger Stone for seven blockages and sentenced 87 to 108 months. Investigation by Robert Mueller lawyer.
But as Fox News first reported, in a remarkable reversal, the Justice Department’s leadership dismissed the prosecutor in the case and reduced Stone’s proposed sentence with the Justice Department. Trump denied it, and questions over the possibility of case judge bias compounded the case.
But the investigation into Flynn’s case comes because the timeline of the ruling of the former National Security Advisor remains stalled.
Last month, Flynn and his lawyer, Sydney Powell, were to withdraw a guilty plea for making a false statement to the FBI about communication and conversation with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak resulting from Mueller’s investigation. moved.
Powell, in the filing, stated that his move to withdraw his guilty plea “was due to government malice, loyalty, and breach of plea agreement.”
“The prosecution has shown terrible malice for pure retaliation, as Flynn had a new lawyer,” she wrote. “This could be because Mr. Flynn refused to lie for prosecution, along with a new, conflict-free lawyer.”
“Justice is not a game. There should be no room for such gamemanship in the Department of Justice.”
“Michael T. Flynn is innocent. Mr Flynn has worked with the government in good faith for two years. He has given the prosecutor full cooperation,” added a lawyer.
Flynn’s move to demand the withdrawal of his guilty allegations encouraged him up to six months in prison shortly after the Justice Department reversed the course, and he gave full cooperation or responsibility for his actions. Claimed not accepting.
The schedule for Jensen’s new investigation is currently unknown.
Fox News’s Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.