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Statement on Flynn Charging Decision

May 7, 2020
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Today U.S. Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) released the following statement on the Department of Justice’s decision to drop charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Said Rep. Demings, “The danger of this moment cannot be overstated. America will not survive as a democracy if the president and his allies are above the law, especially if their crimes relate to efforts to cheat in an election. This is exactly what we warned of during the president’s impeachment.

“Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about contact with the Russians and pleaded guilty twice. The president knows that Flynn is guilty, saying in 2017, ‘I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.’ But truth, right and wrong don’t matter to this administration. By dismantling the prosecution of Flynn’s case, the president and the attorney general have protected one of their corrupt political allies at the cost of the rule of law in America.

“We have seen other nations around the world slide from democracies to autocracies. It starts when corrupt leaders put themselves and their allies above the law. Senate Republicans had a chance to stop this, and instead put party over duty and honor. Now, only the American people have the power to hinder the decline of our democracy.”

Background

Rep. Demings served as an impeachment manager in the impeachment of President Trump. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee, Homeland Security Committee, and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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