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Pelosi slams move to drop Flynn case: 'Barr's politicization of justice knows no bounds'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump White House associate tied to Proud Boys before riot via cell phone data Greene sounds off on GOP after Hill story 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday accused Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolitics in the Department of Justice can be a good thing Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case MORE of trying to “cover up” for President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE in dropping the case against his former national security adviser Michael Flynn for charges of lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.

“Attorney General Barr’s politicization of justice knows no bounds,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators in the face of overwhelming evidence – but now, Attorney General Barr’s Justice Department is dropping the case to continue to cover up for the President,” she added.  

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Flynn had previously pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the presidential transition in 2016. Flynn later moved to withdraw his guilty plea and has been fighting the charges.

In a court filing on Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said it was moving to drop its case against Flynn, saying it was no longer sure it could make its case.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' MORE noted in a statement that the DOJ's new position contradicts the findings by both former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE and the Office of the Inspector General.

“Overruling the Special Counsel is without precedent and without respect for the rule of law,” Pelosi said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHillary Clinton brings up 'Freedom Fries' to mock 'cancel culture' House sets vote for George Floyd police reform bill Jim Jordan calls for House Judiciary hearing on 'cancel culture' MORE (D-N.Y.) called the move “outrageous” and demanded an “immediate explanation,” pledging to summon Barr to the Capitol.

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“Rest assured, we are going to reschedule that hearing, ASAP, and demand answers!” Nadler tweeted.

On Thursday, Trump told reporters that he was pleased to hear the DOJ's decision and wanted people "to pay a big price" for prosecuting his former adviser.

"He was an innocent man,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon. “He is a great gentleman. He was targeted by the Obama administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a president, and what they've done is a disgrace, and I hope a big price is going to be paid.”