The order came as FBI Director Christopher Wray announced Friday that the bureau would conduct an internal review of the investigation into Flynn, including to "determine whether any current employees engaged in misconduct".
"The after-action review will have a two-fold objective: (1) evaluate the relevant facts related to the FBI's role in the Flynn investigation and determine whether any current employees engaged in misconduct, and (2) evaluate any FBI policies, procedures, or controls implicated by the Flynn investigation and identify any improvements that might be warranted", the statement read, as reported by CBS News.
They also revealed that Peter Strzok, the FBI's then-deputy assistant director for counterintelligence operations, urgently reached out to agents handling the Flynn case to advise them not to close the case after the agents determined there were no more leads to follow in the Flynn probe. "The government's motion to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn, after he twice pled guilty to violating 18 U.S.C. § 1001, asks this Court to place its imprimatur on the Executive Branch's virtually unprecedented decision to dismiss a prosecution after the case has been won".
The moves were the latest twists in a freaky legal and political drama that has enveloped the prosecution of Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents in the Russia investigation about his conversations in December 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
People close to the president, though, have said he does not seem inclined to fire Wray, and Barr has publicly defended the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, calling him "a great partner to me in our effort to restore the American people's confidence in both the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
"Under Director Wray's leadership, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been fully transparent and cooperative with Mr. Jensen, and the FBI's help has included providing special agents to assist Mr. Jensen in the fact-finding process", the statement said.
The controversial FBI investigation into Michael Flynn has triggered yet another review-this one by the agency itself, the Washington Post reports. The FBI cooperated with Jensen, who after looking over the case materials recommended that the prosecution be dropped.
But the move outraged former law enforcement officials involved in the case, who said the Justice Department had ignored the seriousness of the false statements that Flynn admitted making, as well as the gravity of their national security concerns about Flynn's interactions with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
Flynn admitted in his guilty plea that he lied about having asked Kislyak to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions imposed against Russian Federation by the Obama administration for election interference.
More than a dozen former Watergate prosecutors on Friday urged a federal appeals court to deny an emergency request by Michael Flynn to dismiss his criminal case.
They stressed that since Justice Department is trying to get the case dismissed after the court had already accepted the plea, Sullivan has "substantial discretion" in how it handles the request that the case be dropped.
Flynn's lawyers requested a superior court, District of Columbia appeals court, to intervene, alleging that Sullivan is breaking rules and precedent in Flynn's case.