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US News Russian investigation: Donald Trump pardons his ex-adviser Michael Flynn suspected of collusion

15:05  26 november  2020
15:05  26 november  2020 Source:   elle.fr

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US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn , who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Mr Flynn was among former aides to President Trump convicted during a justice department investigation into alleged Russian election interference.

Michael Flynn , US President Donald Trump 's former national security adviser The retired general had admitted in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his interactions with Russia ’s US ambassador. This is the highest profile pardon by Trump , who has also pardoned Army personnel accused of war crimes

The US president announced Wednesday that he had granted a pardon to his former National Security adviser Michael Flynn, the first of his relatives implicated in the framework of the Russian survey. His move has been called an "abuse of power" by Democrats.

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This is the case that rocked the Trump mandate. Michael Flynn, a 61-year-old former general, pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to federal police about his contacts with a Russian diplomat. However, his sentence was never handed down due to many twists and turns in this extremely politicized affair. Donald Trump has finally decided to put a definitive end to it, using his right of pardon before leaving the White House on January 20. "It is my great honor to report that General Michael Flynn has been granted a complete pardon," he tweeted, as the press speculated on the matter for several days.

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"Corrupted to the core"

"Donald Trump has regularly abused his power to reward his friends or protect those who covered him," immediately denounced the elected Democrat Adam Schiff, who heads the Intelligence Committee of representatives room. "Unsurprisingly, Trump is going as he came: corrupt to the core," he said again. The leniency of the president "puts an end to political and relentless pursuits of an innocent man", on the contrary justified the spokeswoman of the White House, Kayleigh McEnany, by presenting Michael Flynn as "victim" of an attempt "Coordinated to overthrow the 2016 election".

Donald Trump, who today refuses to recognize Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election of November 3, , has always accused the Democrats of having orchestrated the investigation into the suspicions of an understanding between Moscow and his campaign team because they had not, according to him, digested their defeat in 2016. This sprawling investigation poisoned the first two years of his mandate before concluding with an absence of evidence of collusion, but six of his collaborators were indicted for various charges by the investigators.

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Among them, General Flynn had participated in the Republican's victorious campaign and then had confidential exchanges with the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kisliak in December 2016. Having become a National Security adviser, he had been questioned on January 24 2017 by the federal police but he concealed these contacts. He quickly had to resign for also lying to Vice President Mike Pence. In 2017, Michael Flynn agreed to plead guilty to perjury and to cooperate with the Russian investigation. Threatened with a six-month prison sentence, he had changed lawyers and defense strategy in 2019. He had since requested the cancellation of the procedure, claiming to be the victim of manipulation. In May, the Department of Justice, led by Bill Barr, one of Donald Trump's strongest supporters, decided to drop the charges against him, a rare move when the accused admitted his wrongdoing. These could have been reopened by the administration of Joe Biden, but the presidential pardon definitively closes the file.

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[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn , who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Gavino Garay has more.

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that he would pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn .

"Unjustified grace"

"This grace is unjustified, contrary to principles and leaves an additional stain" on Donald Trump's record, also criticized the elected Democrat Jerry Nadler, who chairs the judicial committee of the House of Representatives. He had promised this pardon to encourage Michael Flynn not to cooperate with federal investigators because this could "have exposed his own misdeeds", he added, denouncing "an abuse of power that weakens the rule of law ". Conversely, his counterpart in the Senate, the Republican Lindsey Graham, congratulated Donald Trump for "his very good use of his power of grace". “General Flynn was NOT a Russian agent, but the victim of a political investigation,” he tweeted. In July, Donald Trump had already commuted the sentence of another relative, his long-time friend and ex-adviser Roger Stone, convicted of trying to influence witnesses and of lying to Congress as part of the investigation. Russian.

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