Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
UPDATED 4:08 PM PT — Monday, February 17, 2020
William Barr took aggressive steps to ensure the cases against former Trump advisers were conducted properly. This came amid on-going allegations of misconduct on the part of the special counsel team.
Attorney General William Barr has reportedly worked on a review of the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Barr has assigned U.S. attorney Jeffrey Jensen to look over the handling of the case against the retired army general.
Reports said Flynn’s defense attorney Sidney Powell had fought for months to get an external review. In a letter to Barr, Powell requested a new government counsel with no connection to the Mueller probe. For months, she wrote to the DOJ and accused the former special counsel team of gross misconduct. Flynn eventually withdrew his guilty plea of lying to the FBI.
FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Powell had previously called out the Mueller team for it’s aggressive methods.
“I think that’s why they picked him for the special council operation because he knew what a dirty prosecuter he is.” stated Powell.
Andrew Weissmann, the top prosecutor under former special counsel Robert Mueller, said no attorney general in U.S. history has involved him or herself into cases with such close ties to a sitting president.
“The question I have for him is tell me,” asked Mueller “…when have you ever reached in as the Attorney General to any other case?”
Weissmann also said the Justice Department closed the case against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in order to open new investigation reviews into former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI agent Peter Strzok. This came after the DOJ declined to bring charges against the Russia probe officials.
The New York Times reported over the past two weeks, U.S. attorney Jensen and prosecutors working under Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen have been questioning other line prosecutors about investigative steps and reasons for undertaking certain actions for prosecution.
The announcement of outside investigators came after Attorney General Barr along with Deputy Attorney General Rosen took control of Roger Stone’s sentencing recommendation, causing four Mueller prosecutors to withdraw in protest from a case they spent years working on.
Barr also pulled the top treasury nomination of former DCUS attorney Jessie Liu and gave her a temporary position at the treasury as the interim U.S. attorney in Washington, which will oversea all of the investigative reviews into the former Trump advisers.