Legal experts and scholars took to Twitter in the wake of the Justice Department announcing that it would no longer seek charges against former Director of National Intelligence Michael Flynn. Prior to the announcement, prosecutor Brandon Van Grack resigned from the case, something that was seen in the case of Roger Stone, where prosecutors, in that case, were superseded by a decision from Attorney General Bill Barr.
According to former DOJ staffer and law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer, Joshua Geltzer, the resignation of Van Grack is a "bright red blinking WARNING sign."
"Brandon has as much integrity as anyone I know," tweeted Geltzer. "If he can’t take whatever drug deal is about to go down, we’re all about to see something rotten to its core. Remember: next DOJ filing due Monday. What will Barr’s DOJ say?"
Folks, this 👇 is a bright red blinking WARNING sign. Brandon has as much integrity as anyone I know. If he can’t… https://t.co/cJOqX8koaX— Joshua A. Geltzer (@Joshua A. Geltzer)1588875929.0
You can see comments from other legal scholars and attorneys below:
AG Barr is Trump's new fixer. No need to take the political hit to pardon your friend when your fixer can do the d… https://t.co/MrNwEmRAXl— Orin Kerr (@Orin Kerr)1588877821.0
This is not justice. https://t.co/OvMmvv8FFU— Barb McQuade (@Barb McQuade)1588877940.0
Drop It Now is the new Lock Her Up. Joining @msnbc now to talk about this outrageous decision by the Justice Department.— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1588877861.0
I'd like to know how many bats and spiders @realDonaldTrump gave Attorney General Renfield for this service. https://t.co/UItaFG4pyU— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal)1588877857.0
Wow...in plain sight. Wow https://t.co/gm0cMWwVt4— Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (@Eddie S. Glaude Jr.)1588877577.0
Michael Flynn’s words when he pled guilty: "I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong,… https://t.co/wdVyLxrZyY— Jim Roberts (@Jim Roberts)1588877338.0
WTAF https://t.co/lqbiZJaXQD— Jennifer Taub (@Jennifer Taub)1588876495.0
WTAFlynn? ￼He already pleaded guilty in 2017 https://t.co/lqbiZJaXQD— Jennifer Taub (@Jennifer Taub)1588876585.0
An unbelievable betrayal of the prosecutorial equities of the United States. I will have a lot more to say about th… https://t.co/zjPLH5uVxw— Benjamin Wittes (@Benjamin Wittes)1588876561.0
Another very highly respected DOJ attorney withdrawing from a case, this one about Michael Flynn. Something is deep… https://t.co/cmlMr7y95M— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal)1588876948.0
This is an very troubling development for the country. Stay tuned . . . https://t.co/YfAIrbUKhs— Glenn Kirschner (@Glenn Kirschner)1588877175.0
Is this DOJ dropping the Flynn charges true? Anyone know? So much damage to DOJ. One more blow to the gut.— Cynthia Alksne (@Cynthia Alksne)1588877183.0
This is stunning. Barr is doing Trump's pardoning for him. This.would.not.happen.for.ordinairy.Americans. https://t.co/xq7AKc0K7a— Mimi Rocah (@Mimi Rocah)1588877228.0
This is not justice. This power perverted. https://t.co/tFKb73DlaG— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley)1588877921.0