Attorney General William Barr has ordered an outside prosecutor to review former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s case.

Barr assigned U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen of St. Louis to re-examine the prosecution of Flynn. And additional outside prosecutors have been tasked to review other, yet unnamed, politically sensitive national-security cases “some involving President Trump’s friends and allies, and some his critics and adversaries,” according to the New York Times, which cited people familiar with the matter.

This action by the attorney general is unusual and controversial, not unlike this week’s intervention into the case against Roger Stone that saw four line prosecutors quit in protest.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI during an interview that took place in the early

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