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Politics After Trump pardon, Flynn says he can 'breathe freedom and liberty' for the first time in years

23:40  26 november  2020
23:40  26 november  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI

  Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI Flynn later sought to withdraw his plea and the Justice Department tried to dismiss the case. Flynn pleaded guilty to a felony in December 2017, admitting that he had misled investigators about details of his conversations with the Russian ambassador during Trump’s presidential transition.

Trump ’s pardon of Flynn , who was convicted of lying to the FBI, follows his commutation of the jail sentence of his ally and self-professed political dirty Trump himself has been explicit about his view he can pardon himself tweeting in 2018: “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the

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 the new president's first appointments - Mr Trump brought him on just days after winning the election.

WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn said Thursday that he can “breathe freedom and liberty” for the first time in four years after President Donald Trump granted him a full pardon a day earlier.

Michael T. Flynn wearing a suit and tie © Provided by NBC News

“I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. For the first time in more than four years and because of my fearless attorney, Sidney Powell, the Guardian Angel of American Justice, and thousands of good people with endless energy rallying together on my behalf, I breathe freedom and liberty today,” Flynn said in a lengthy personal statement released on the afternoon of Thanksgiving.

Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser who twice pleaded guilty to the FBI, did not explicitly thank Trump for the pardon. He did, however, denounce critics of the president.

Trump Pardoned Flynn to Save Himself

  Trump Pardoned Flynn to Save Himself The president’s act of clemency was less about mercy than self-interest.At the end of December 2016, Flynn had a series of conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. A month later, on January 24, 2017, Flynn was asked about those conversations by the FBI agent Peter Strzok.

The day after pardoning a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys, President Donald Trump gave the same treatment to his former national security advisor Michael Flynn . Though the president had been telegraphing the pardon for months, the action still elicited strong albeit unsurprised reactions from

Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn , his first national security adviser who pleaded guilty to Trump is expected to offer pardons to a number of key aides before he leaves office on 20 January. Stone was sentenced to more than three years in prison, after being found guilty of obstruction, lying

“Never again should any family or individual be so viciously targeted, maligned, smeared, and threatened such has been the experience of my family and I. Not you and your loved ones, not me nor President Trump, our First Lady, and the Trump children,” he said.

“Stand with me today in renouncing this betrayal of trust that has burdened our nation and proclaim with one united voice across this land that we will never again allow the rightful power of the citizens of this country to be uprooted, undercut, usurped, or held hostage by a coup against our nation, a duly elected President or any future president of these United States.”

Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with with then-Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, in December 2016. The Justice Department, however, stepped in in May and took action to dismiss the criminal charges against Flynn.

The pardon made by Trump on Wednesday afternoon had been expected for a while.

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