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Justice Finally Arrives for Michael Flynn

The FBI’s misbehavior was too much for the Justice Department.

Happy days are here again.

Happy days are here again.

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On Thursday afternoon the Justice Department demolished what was left of its own prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. He had been awaiting sentencing for lying to FBI agents on his fourth day on the job.

In a motion to dismiss the case against him, U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea argued that the FBI had no basis under which to interview Flynn, that agents who interviewed him did not believe he lied, and that what he told those agents on Jan. 24, 2017, had no material effect on the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.