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John Oliver Unloads on Bill Barr Over Michael Flynn Reversal: ‘A Dangerous Precedent’

John Oliver Unloads on Bill Barr Over Michael Flynn Reversal: ‘A Dangerous Precedent’

“Refreshingly, one of the biggest pieces of news was not actually coronavirus-related,” offered John Oliver on Sunday’s edition of Last Week Tonight.

The comedian then cut to coverage of Attorney General William Barr’s Trump-friendly Justice Department dropping its case against Michael Flynn.

“A crime cannot be established here,” Barr told CBS News. “They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage…People sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes.”

For the uninitiated, Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, was forced into an retirement from the military (his subordinates told The New York Times he had a “loose relationship with facts”); was a registered foreign agent who’d written glowing op-eds about Erdogan after accepting funds from Turkey; was paid to attend and speak at an RT gala dinner in 2015 as a special guest of Vladimir Putin; and was pushed out as National Security Advisor following reports that he’d misled Vice President Mike Pence (and officials) about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In Dec. 2017, as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Flynn pleaded guilty to making “false, fictitious and fraudulent” statements to the FBI concerning those conversations with Kislyak.

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