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NBC News 14 Feb 2020

Attorney General Barr Facing New Scrutiny For Intervening In Michael Flynn Case

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The Justice Department recently opened an inquiry into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's interview with the FBI, where he lied to investigators and pleaded guilty for it. According to two people familiar with the inquiry, Attorney General Barr privately asked an outside prosecutor to reexamine the Flynn case around the same time officials pressured prosecutors to recommend probation instead of prison.


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CLAIMING SUCH INTERFERENCES WITHIN HIS POWER.
INTERFERENCES WITHIN HIS POWER. HERE IS PETER
HIS POWER. HERE IS PETER ALEXANDER.
HERE IS PETER ALEXANDER. >> Reporter: TONIGHT
ALEXANDER. >> Reporter: TONIGHT ATTORNEY GENERAL
>> Reporter: TONIGHT ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR FACING
ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR FACING KRUT KNEE
WILLIAM BARR FACING KRUT KNEE SCRUTINY FOR HIS
KRUT KNEE SCRUTINY FOR HIS HANDING OF A CASE.
SCRUTINY FOR HIS HANDING OF A CASE. THE PROSECUTION OF
HANDING OF A CASE. THE PROSECUTION OF FORMER NATIONAL
THE PROSECUTION OF FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR
FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN.
SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
MICHAEL FLYNN. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OPENING AN INQUIRY
THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OPENING AN INQUIRY INTO FLYNN’S INTERVIEW
OPENING AN INQUIRY INTO FLYNN’S INTERVIEW WITH THE FBI WHERE HE
INTO FLYNN’S INTERVIEW WITH THE FBI WHERE HE LIED TO INVESTIGATORS
WITH THE FBI WHERE HE LIED TO INVESTIGATORS AND PLEADED GUILTY FOR
LIED TO INVESTIGATORS AND PLEADED GUILTY FOR IT.
AND PLEADED GUILTY FOR IT. ACCORDING TO TWO
IT. ACCORDING TO TWO PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH
ACCORDING TO TWO PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH THE INQUIRY, BARR
PEOPLE FAMILIAR WITH THE INQUIRY, BARR ASKED AN OUTSIDE
THE INQUIRY, BARR ASKED AN OUTSIDE PROSECUTOR TO
ASKED AN OUTSIDE PROSECUTOR TO RE-EXAMINE THE FLYNN
PROSECUTOR TO RE-EXAMINE THE FLYNN CASE.
RE-EXAMINE THE FLYNN CASE. AROUND THE SAME TIME
CASE. AROUND THE SAME TIME SENIOR JUSTICE
AROUND THE SAME TIME SENIOR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS
SENIOR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS PRESSURED CAREER
DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS PRESSURED CAREER PROSECUTORS TO
PRESSURED CAREER PROSECUTORS TO RECOMMEND PROBATION
PROSECUTORS TO RECOMMEND PROBATION FOR FLYNN, INSTEAD UP
RECOMMEND PROBATION FOR FLYNN, INSTEAD UP TO SIX MONTHS OF
FOR FLYNN, INSTEAD UP TO SIX MONTHS OF PRISON THEY CALLED
TO SIX MONTHS OF PRISON THEY CALLED FOR.
PRISON THEY CALLED FOR. >> SOURCES SAY THIS IS
FOR. >> SOURCES SAY THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF
>> SOURCES SAY THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF BARR POLL LIZ SIZING
ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF BARR POLL LIZ SIZING CASES INVOLVING CLOSE
BARR POLL LIZ SIZING CASES INVOLVING CLOSE ASSOCIATES OF THE
CASES INVOLVING CLOSE ASSOCIATES OF THE PRESIDENT.
ASSOCIATES OF THE PRESIDENT. >> Reporter: BAR IS
PRESIDENT. >> Reporter: BAR IS UNDER FIRE FOR OVER
>> Reporter: BAR IS UNDER FIRE FOR OVER RULING CAREER
UNDER FIRE FOR OVER RULING CAREER PROSECUTORS AND ROGER
RULING CAREER PROSECUTORS AND ROGER STONE PUSHING FOR A
PROSECUTORS AND ROGER STONE PUSHING FOR A LESSER PUNISHMENT FOR
STONE PUSHING FOR A LESSER PUNISHMENT FOR STONE A DECISION AFTER
LESSER PUNISHMENT FOR STONE A DECISION AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP
STONE A DECISION AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP BLASTED THE ORIGINAL
PRESIDENT TRUMP BLASTED THE ORIGINAL SENTENCING
BLASTED THE ORIGINAL SENTENCING RECOMMENDATION, SEVEN
SENTENCING RECOMMENDATION, SEVEN TO NINE YEARS IN
RECOMMENDATION, SEVEN TO NINE YEARS IN PRISON AS VERY UNFAIR.
TO NINE YEARS IN PRISON AS VERY UNFAIR. AND TONIGHT, ONE DAY
PRISON AS VERY UNFAIR. AND TONIGHT, ONE DAY AFTER BARR YOU CANNED
AND TONIGHT, ONE DAY AFTER BARR YOU CANNED THE
AFTER BARR YOU CANNED THE -- URGED THE
THE -- URGED THE PRESIDENT TO KNOCK OFF
-- URGED THE PRESIDENT TO KNOCK OFF THE TWEETS.
PRESIDENT TO KNOCK OFF THE TWEETS. >> IT’S TIME TO STOP
THE TWEETS. >> IT’S TIME TO STOP THE TWEETING ABOUT
>> IT’S TIME TO STOP THE TWEETING ABOUT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
THE TWEETING ABOUT DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CRIMINAL CASES.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CRIMINAL CASES. >> Reporter: PRESIDENT
CRIMINAL CASES. >> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP REJECTING THAT
>> Reporter: PRESIDENT TRUMP REJECTING THAT REBUKE RETURNING TO
TRUMP REJECTING THAT REBUKE RETURNING TO TWITTER REASSERTING
REBUKE RETURNING TO TWITTER REASSERTING AUTHORITY INSISTING
TWITTER REASSERTING AUTHORITY INSISTING DESPITE EVIDENCE TO
AUTHORITY INSISTING DESPITE EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRIR RYARY HE HAS
DESPITE EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRIR RYARY HE HAS NOT BEEN INVOLVE IN
THE CONTRIR RYARY HE HAS NOT BEEN INVOLVE IN CRIMINAL CASES BUT HAS
NOT BEEN INVOLVE IN CRIMINAL CASES BUT HAS THE RIGHT TO DO SO.
CRIMINAL CASES BUT HAS THE RIGHT TO DO SO. THERE IS NO LAW FOR
THE RIGHT TO DO SO. THERE IS NO LAW FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
THERE IS NO LAW FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PROCEED BUT SINCE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PROCEED BUT SINCE WATERGATE, PRESIDENTS
TO PROCEED BUT SINCE WATERGATE, PRESIDENTS HAVE LARGELY RESPECTED
WATERGATE, PRESIDENTS HAVE LARGELY RESPECTED THE DOJs INDEPENDENCE
HAVE LARGELY RESPECTED THE DOJs INDEPENDENCE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
THE DOJs INDEPENDENCE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND TONIGHT THE
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE AND TONIGHT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
AND TONIGHT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCING IT WILL NOT
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCING IT WILL NOT SEEK CRIMINAL CHARGES
ANNOUNCING IT WILL NOT SEEK CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST FORMER FBI
SEEK CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST FORMER FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR ANDREW
AGAINST FORMER FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR ANDREW McCABE, A FREQUENT
DEPUTY DIRECTOR ANDREW McCABE, A FREQUENT TARGET OF THE
McCABE, A FREQUENT TARGET OF THE PRESIDENT’S.
TARGET OF THE PRESIDENT’S. >> ANDREW McCABE, A
PRESIDENT’S. >> ANDREW McCABE, A BAD GUY.
>> ANDREW McCABE, A BAD GUY. >> Reporter: TONIGHT,
BAD GUY. >> Reporter: TONIGHT, McCABE REACTING SAYING
>> Reporter: TONIGHT, McCABE REACTING SAYING IN THE QUITEUNITED STATES,

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