Case against former national security advisor who pleaded guilty dropped

The Justice Department concluded that Michael Flynn’s prosecution for lying about communication with a Russian ambassador was “unjustified” and that the lie he told the FBI was “not material.”
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Okay, thank you, Michael. Why go to the department of justice now and that stunning headline. The president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, charges against him have been dropped by the justice department. He pleaded guilty twice for lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador. Our chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas is tracking the story. Reporter: Good morning. What some are calling an extraordinary move, the justice department essentially blew up the first major prosecution by special counsel Bob Mueller and the department appears to be saying the FBI should never have interviewed Michael Flynn in the first place. 29 months after leaving this courthouse in shame following pleading guilty to lying to the FBI, the justice department that convicted Michael Flynn now seeking to throw out the case. In a highly unusual and perhaps unprecedented move that shocked some law enforcement official, the department seeking to throw out a conviction where the defendant had admitted to his crimes twice in open court. Flynn's guilty plea centered around lying about his contact to then Russian ambassador sergey kislyak. He was fired for misleading the vice president about his communication with the ambassador and when confronted by the FBI lied again. I fired him because of what he said to Mike pence, very Reporter: No career prosecutor sought to dismiss including the special prosecutor who worked the case but attorney general Barr's hand picked acting U.S. Attorney concluding that his prosecution was unjustified and that the lie he told the FBI was, quote, not material because the bureau had decided to close an investigation into whether Flynn had been compromised by the Russians before they conducted the interview. Now, the president who forced Flynn out is calling him a hero. He was an innocent man. He is a great gentleman. Reporter: The president directed more fire at the FBI for a Russia investigation that he believes should never have been started. They're dishonest, crooked people. They're scum and I say it a lot. They're scum. They're human scum. Reporter: Critics complaining overnight Barr is simply doing the bidding of the president and trying to systemically undermine the Russia investigation. This morning, house judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler calling for an inspector general investigation. So far no comment from the FBI but FBI officials have long maintained that the criminal justice system is severely undermined when suspects lie to them. Former FBI director James Comey tweeting that the justice department has, quote, lost its way. So far we've not heard from the judge overseeing the case. In the past he was highly critical of Flynn. Pierre Thomas with the latest from D.C., thank you.

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