Trump pardons ex-national security


Nov, 26th 2020 – US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s envoy, then tried to withdraw his plea in 2017.

In a tweet, Trump confirmed granting Flynn a full pardon. Mr. Flynn was among former aides to President Trump convicted during a justice department investigation into alleged Russian election interference.

The white house on Wednesday said that the pardon would end the relentless partisan pursuit of an innocent man. Its statement described Mr. Flynn as, “the victim of partisan government officials engaged in a coordinated attempt to subvert the election of 2016.”

The retired US Army three-star lieutenant general was an early supporter of Trump during the 2016 campaign though he had been a life long Democrat before. He was among the new president’s first appointments as Trump brought him on just few days after winning the election.

Trump fired him after it emerged that he had discussed lifting sanctions on Russia with Moscow’s ambassador to Washington before Mr Trump took office, and lied to the vice-president about that conversation.

Even though he had agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, he had asked to withdraw his guilty plea in January this year arguing that he had been tricked into the agreement.

Former US president Barack Obama said that he warned Mr. Trump against hiring the former general less than 48 hours after the November 2016 election.

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