President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, according to NPR. Flynn had pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador.
Trump announced the pardon on Twitter, writing: “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”
NPR noted that Flynn was the only member of the Trump administration to be charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador, and then cooperated extensively with prosecutors. But he ultimately reversed course and accused the government of trying to frame him.
Flynn went to [sic] so far as to withdraw his first plea of guilty and substitute a second plea of not guilty, even though he’d acknowledged the underlying conduct that was against the law and been close to receiving a sentence.
NPR wrote that Flynn’s pardon “was expected to draw intense condemnation from critics who’ve said Trump’s actions interfere with the justice system.” The pardon also “opens the door to possible clemency for other former Trump advisers who were indicted as part of the Russia investigation, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort,” the outlet noted.
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