The Department of Justice has opened an inquiry into the interview that former national security adviser Michael Flynn gave to the FBI, which led to a guilty plea for giving false statements that he's since sought to withdraw, NBC News reports.
Attorney General Bill Barr has asked Jeffrey Jensen, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, to probe the circumstances surrounding the interview, an inquiry that began at some point in the past month, according to two people familiar with it who spoke to NBC but were not named. A third unnamed person who was said to be familiar with the inquiry said that Jensen is conducting a broad review of the case. One of these people described the inquiry as “very sensitive.”
A spokesperson for Jensen told NBC would not answer questions about the inquiry, and referred the network to the Justice Department, which declined to comment through a spokesperson of its own.
Flynn, embroiled in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's iuvestigation of Russian m meddling in the 2016 election, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition in which Donald Trump took office, but asked to withdraw the plea in January after the government reversed its position and made it clear that it did not intend to pursue a lenient sentence and recommended a six-month jail sentence. (The recommendation was changed about three weeks later to say that probation was an appropriate sentence.)
Four Justice Department prosecutors recently resigned from their case after the department made a similar change to the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, another associate of President Donald Trump, who has not said whether he would pardon Flynn or Stone.
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