Attorney General Barr orders review of criminal case against former Trump aide Michael Flynn

Attorney General William Barr has ordered a review by an outside prosecutor of the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s first national security advisor Michael Flynn, who is awaiting sentencing for lying to FBI agents.

Barr — who has come under fire this week for changing career prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation for Trump’s friend Roger Stone — asked the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Jeffrey Jensen, to look into Flynn’s interview by the FBI, which led to his prosecution in Washington, D.C., people familiar with the inquiry told NBC News.

The New York Times reported earlier Friday that Barr had asked Jensen “to scrutinize” Flynn’s case, a move that the newspaper noted was “highly unusual and could trigger more accusations of political interference by top Justice Department officials into the work of career prosecutors.”

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