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The sudden about-face is likely to raise new questions among Trump's critics about the Justice Department's interventions under Attorney General William Barr into high-profile criminal cases involving the president's political allies.

Michael Flynn's case is not moving forward after the Justice Department recommended it should be dismissed.

"Today's move by the Justice Department has nothing to do with the facts or the law - it is pure politics created to please the president", he said.

Flynn had pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his communications with the Russian ambassador. "I wish there were tapes in my case, but [I] learned a lot from Richard Nixon, and you don't do that". It was an unusual move by the Justice Department, and CNN's legal and political analysts smelled a rat.

The government noted in its motion to dismiss on Thursday that prosecutors no longer believe the Flynn interview was an essential component of the investigation into him, which is a prerequisite for a prosecution under the statute he was charged with violating.

Mr Flynn was one of several former Trump aides to plead guilty or be convicted at trial in former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that detailed Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. election to boost Mr Trump's candidacy as well as numerous contacts between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

"Yes, he was a great warrior, and he still is a great warrior".

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In its remarkable filing on Thursday, prosecutors wrote, "based on an extensive review and careful consideration of the circumstances, that continued prosecution of this case would not serve the interests of justice".

Yesterday, Attorney General Bill Barr's Justice Department dropped the charges, concluding that it can not prove Flynn is guilty of the crimes to which he's already pleaded guilty.

Justice Department officials visited the White House two days later to warn officials that they feared that Flynn was compromised and vulnerable to blackmail by Russian Federation because of his account of what was said on the call.

The Justice Department said that the FBI's interview of Flynn in 2017, for his alleged contacts with Russian Federation for their interference during the 2016 elections, was "untethered" and "unjustified".

There was "nothing wrong" with Flynn's call with Kislyak, Barr stressed. Flynn PLEADED GUILTY to lying to investigators. Later that month, though, as the White House insisted that Flynn had never discussed sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, FBI officials grew more concerned by Flynn's conversations with the diplomat and what he had communicated to the White House.

Flynn previously headed the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency but he was forced out in 2014 in part due to his management style and opinions on how to combat Islamist militancy.

Prosecutors asked the judge in January to sentence Flynn to up to six months in prison, saying he "has not learned his lesson" and acts like "the law does not apply" to him.

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