The U.S. attorney whose investigation into the FBI probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn led to the Department of Justice dropping charges against him announced his resignation on Thursday.
Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, is resigning effective midnight Dec. 30, according to a press release from his office. He plans on joining a private law firm.
Jensen didn't issue a statement but his office shared one from Attorney General William Barr, who said that the attorney "was always willing to serve" and do "whatever requested of him."
Jensen was nominated by Trump on July 14, 2017, and confirmed by the Senate in October of that year.
Barr in January directed Jensen to review the probe of Flynn, which led the one-time national security adviser into pleading guilty to a count of lying to the FBI.
But Jensen ended up recommending the department drop the charge against Flynn.
Trump has said Flynn was "an innocent man" who was targeted by President Barack Obama's administration to try to take him down.
"Somehow, somebody stuck a straw up through that, or a straw was allowed to be stuck up to the air, and I laid down there for four years breathing through that straw. But that straw became wider, and wider, and wider over the years because the American people came to my family's aid," he added.