The DC: DOJ drops case against Michael Flynn, and... Domestic violence rises during COVID-19
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Let the Mike drop.
The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) is dropping the charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.”
That recently disclosed information included a handwritten note by a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official that described the law enforcement agency’s deliberations about the purpose of an interview conducted with Flynn on January 24, 2017:
“What’s our goal? Truth/admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”
Flynn was appointed as National Security Adviser on January 23, 2017, but on February 13, 2017, Flynn resigned after it emerged that he misled FBI officials and Vice President Mike Pence about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition about sanctions.
Flynn admitted that he lied about those conversations and during three years since his resignation, pleaded guilty to charges that he made false statements, and cooperated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He has since sought to withdraw the guilty plea, citing evidence that was only provided by the DOJ.
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Under the Radar
Domestic Violence Rises During COVID-19
According to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, global COVID-19 lockdowns have led to a sharp increase in domestic violence around the world.
In an early April news briefing, Guterres said,
"For many women and girls, the threat looms largest where they should be safest — in their own homes... We know lockdowns and quarantines are essential to suppressing COVID-19, but they can trap women with abusive partners. Over the past weeks, as the economic and social pressures and fear have grown, we have seen a horrifying surge in domestic violence."
Voice of America reports that domestic violence rates have surged in France and South Africa. In South Africa, there were nearly 90,000 reports of violence against women in the first week of lockdown.
The UN reports that Lebanon and Malaysia have seen a doubling in calls to domestic violence helplines, compared with April 2019.
The rise in domestic violence risk is compounded by shelters' and support organizations' struggles to remain open and solvent during COVID-19.
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