May 8, 2020

Legal analyst Jeff Toobin had a few things to say about Bill Barr's Justice Department dropping the case against Michael Flynn.

"It is one of the most incredible legal documents I have read, and certainly something that I never expected to see from the United States Department of Justice. The idea the Justice Department would do invent an argument and the argument that the judge in this case has already rejected, and say that's a basis for dropping a case with the defendant admitted his guilt, shows the this is a case where the fix was in," Toobin said.

He pointed out that Donald Trump has been saying for months if not years that he feels sorry for Michael Flynn and wanted to help him.

"That's what this case is about, not equal protection under the law."

"Remember, there is another national security aspect to the lies, and this is something that Sally Yates, at the time, the acting attorney general, spoke to in that period when Flynn was fired which is, he lied and the Russians knew he lied because they knew the substance of the conversations during the transition and when the adversary knows you lied and the American public that point does not, that is a pressure point. That is something you can use to influence the most senior national security official," Jim Sciutto said.

He said it has "enormous" national security implications.

"Jeffrey, what is the role of the Attorney Jeff General Bill Barr in all of this?" Wolf Blitzer asked.

"He's the boss. This is his work," Toobin said.

"This is part of the story, where they are trying to undermine the work of the special counsel, of Robert Mueller. You saw it when they tried to get a lesser sentence for Roger Stone, you saw it here where they're trying to get rid of the Michael Flynn case, you see it as the president keeps talking about the possibilities of pardons, he doesn't need to pardon Flynn anymore.

"But George Papadopolous, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort -- all are betting on pardons. And that's where this is all heading. It's all heading toward the president wiping the Mueller investigation out of the history books, at least as far as the criminal convictions."

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