Donald Trump planning to pardon former national security advisor: US media
- Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to FBI for lying about having Russian contacts
- The Jusice department withdrew a case looking into the 2016 investigation this year in May
- By pardoning Flynn, Trump will be able to get the mater out of the court
US President Donald Trump plans to pardon his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to FBI for lying about having Russian contacts, AFP reported citing US media.
New York Times and Axios both have quoted unnamed sources, highlighting that Trump plans to pardon Flynn in several pardons he will hand out in the final phase of his presidency.
The focus of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller-led investigation into Moscow’s influence in the US Presidential Election in 2016, had at its base Flynn’s secret talks with the Russian ambassador to Washington on December, 2016.
Within 22 days of taking office, Trump fired Flynn.
With the 45th President of the United States alleging that the entire investigation was a ‘witch hunt’, Flynn, a former army general and head of the Defence Intelligence Agency, was simultaneously portrayed as a ‘good man’.
Interestingly, the Justice Department withdrew its case against Flynn in May,2020 alleging that there was not enough significance to the alleged lies purported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
A federal judge, however, demanded a further legal review of the incident.
With Trump pardoning Flynn, the matter will be taken out of court.