A federal judge closed the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was pardoned by President Donald Trump, but suggested that the Justice Department’s handling of the matter was highly irregular and potentially improper.
Attorney General William Barr named Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham a special counsel, giving him protection to continue into the Biden administration his investigation of the FBI’s 2016 Russia probe’s origins.
President Donald Trump issued a full pardon to pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn, one of a series of pardons he plans to order before leaving office, possibly including himself prospectively.
Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was the latest to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham, in Republicans’ review of the FBI’s probe into allegations of collusion between Trump and Russia.
“It is not surprising that members of the special counsel’s office did not always agree,” said former special counsel Robert Mueller in a rare public statement, “but it is disappointing to hear criticism of our team based on incomplete information.”
As part of his inquiry into the origins of the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, U.S. Attorney John Durham is comparing it to a parallel inquiry into allegations of political corruption at the Clinton Foundation.
A federal appeals court dealt a setback to Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump‘s former national security adviser, ruling that a trial judge can proceed with a hearing on the Justice Department’s attempt to abandon the criminal false-statement case against Flynn.