FBI chief orders internal review of Flynn investigation

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Also on Friday, FBI director Christopher Wray ordered an internal review into possible misconduct in the Flynn investigation.

The bureau said in a statement Friday that the after-action review also will evaluate whether any changes need to be made to internal FBI procedures or policies. It does not have the authority to bring a criminal case, but it can evaluate whether any current employees engaged in misconduct that merits disciplinary action.

The review, of course, comes on the heels of the recent decision from the DOJ to drop charges against the former national security adviser. Trump fired him as national security adviser for lying to the vice president about the same thing. At the same time, US President Donald Trump and other conservatives have argued that Flynn, who first pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation before filing to withdraw his plea in January, should never have been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the probe in January 2017.

Trump has complained publicly about Wray for "skirting" the debate about the FBI's 2016 investigation of possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the election, of which the Flynn case was a part.

About two weeks ago, Sullivan pushed off Barr's request and paused Flynn's case to invite outside groups and a retired federal judge to argue against the Justice Department's proposal.

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The motion to dismiss alleges that agents had insufficient basis to interview Flynn in the first place, especially since the FBI had been prepared earlier in the month to close out its investigation into Flynn after finding no crime.

The unusual review will be led by the bureau's Inspection Division, which conducts internal investigations into potential employee misconduct. Jeff Jensen of St. Louis, who was assigned by Barr to review the Flynn case.

"This case is ultimately about judicial independence and the integrity of the Judicial Branch and therefore about the rule of law in our constitutional democracy", the brief stated. Flynn's attorneys have asked a federal appeals court to order Sullivan to dismiss the case, and to reassign any future court proceedings to another judge. But the left, and the media, cried foul, and Sullivan responded favorably to arguments that he should allow outside counsel to intervene by filing amicus curie ("friend of the court") briefs - an unusual step, and one that he had refused to allow earlier in the case. "However, Mr. Jensen's work will continue to take priority, and the Director has further ordered the Inspection Division to coordinate closely with Mr. Jensen and ensure that the review does not interfere with or impede his efforts".

"It's disappointing", Trump told Fox News earlier this month when asked about Wray's role in ongoing reviews of the FBI's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

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