Following the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to drop charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, one lawmaker who helped lead a related congressional investigation is crying foul.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) spoke out against the recent decision on Thursday — and suggested that Attorney General William Barr had been incriminated in the process, the Washington Examiner reported.
“This dismissal does not exonerate him”
While recent evidence points to a political motive among FBI agents to coax Flynn into making a false statement, Schiff focused in a Thursday tweet on the fact that the retired Army general pleaded guilty to the charges against him in 2017.
“His lies do not now become truths,” Schiff tweeted. “This dismissal does not exonerate him. But it does incriminate Bill Barr.”
Schiff went on to describe the situation as “the worst politicization of the Justice Department in its history,” the Examiner reported.
Of course, Schiff’s critics might argue that his call for nonpartisanship rings hollow given the circumstances of his committee’s investigation.
“They’re human scum”
Former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) shared his take on Schiff’s actions by insisting that he should have his security clearance revoked and describing the Flynn interview used in the House probe as “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis,” as Fox News reported.
“It’s just we’ve never actually seen the Department of Justice prosecute one of its own lately,” Chaffetz reportedly said. “They don’t seem to do that. They go after other people and it’s this double standard where justice is administered differently within the DOJ than it is on the American people.”
Trump, for his part, has continued to stand by his former adviser, denigrating those involved in the investigation that led to Flynn’s indictment.
“I hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price because they’re dishonest crooked people,” the president said, according to the Daily Mail. “They’re scum and I say it a lot. They’re scum. They’re human scum.”
As a candidate, Trump made a campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in D.C., and critics of the FBI believed they found swamp monsters at work throughout the Russian collusion investigation.
Now that Flynn’s charges have been dropped and Schiff remains firmly on the side of federal investigators, there appears to be more room for skepticism of the FBI than ever before.