Attorney General William Barr has ordered an outside prosecutor to review the criminal case against Michael Flynn,President Trump’s former national security adviser, sources tell The New York Times.
Such reviews are rare and are likely to raise new questions about potential political interference by Department of Justice (DOJ) officials into cases.
The report comes after the DOJ earlier this week reversed a decision to recommend a seven- to nine-year prison sentence for Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Trump. That decision led the entire prosecutorial team to resign in an apparent protest.
According to the Times, Barr has also tapped outside prosecutors to review other politically sensitive cases being handled by the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, which is overseeing Flynn’s prosecution.
Among the team members identified were Jeff Jensen, a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in St. Louis who is handling Flynn’s case, and additional prosecutors from Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen’s office.
The report comes as the DOJ comes under scrutiny over whether its decisionmaking in politically sensitive cases has been unduly influenced by the White House.
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