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Democrats ask for investigation of DOJ decision to drop Flynn case

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Senate Democrats are requesting a top Justice Department watchdog investigate DOJ's decision to drop the federal government's case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz and Jeffrey Ragsdale, the acting director of the Justice Department's office of professional responsibility, asking for them to "immediately open an investigation" into the decision "as well as the Department's pattern of politicized decision making." "The Department's decision thus appears to be based solely on President Trump's clear desire to shield his political allies from responsibility for their actions and to reject the clear reality that his Administration broke the law in its effort to obstruct legitimate investigations into its conduct. If this decision is not investigated, it poses a clear and present threat to the rule of law," they added. They are asking for the investigation to look into "policies, procedures, and practices related to politically sensitive prosecutions." "As part of this investigation, we ask that you determine why the Department chose to drop its charges against Flynn, why no career prosecutor joined in that decision, and what role Attorney General Barr and President Trump played," they wrote.

8 May 2020

News Source The Hill

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