Attorney General William Barr has appointed an outside prosecutor from St. Louis to review the criminal case against former national security advisor Michael Flynn, the New York Times reported Friday.
Mr. Barr has tapped Jeffrey Jensen, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri to conduct the review. The move comes after Flynn pushed to withdraw his guilty plea, alleging the FBI and prosecutors engaged in misconduct.
Additional prosecutors from Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen’s office, The Times reported.
Internal Justice Department reviews of cases are exceedingly rare and likely to raise a whole new round of questions about political interference by top officials.
The Justice Department erupted a firestorm this week after officials stepped in to reduce the recommended prison sentence for Roger Stone, a longtime friend of President Trump.
Stone who will be sentenced in February was convicted in November of seven felonies, including lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction.
Flynn pled guilty in 2017