WASHINGTON – The outgoing president, Donald trump, announced today the granting of pardon to General Michael T. Flynn, his first national security adviser and who pleaded guilty to having lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russian agents.
“It is my great honor to announce that a full pardon has been granted to General Michael T. Flynn. Congratulations to him and his wonderful family, I know that now you are going to have a really fantastic Thanksgiving, ”Trump said on his Twitter account.
Flynn’s was one of the most important cases to emerge from the investigation into the so-called “Russian plot” headed by special prosecutor Robert Muelle.r, which ended in 2019 after filing charges against three dozen people but without evidence of an alleged electoral conspiracy in Trump’s environment with Russia.
Flynn, a general who advised Trump on foreign policy during his election campaign, lasted just 24 days as the president’s national security adviser once he came to power in January 2017.
The general had to resign his post after it was learned that lied to US Vice President Mike Pence and other senior government officials on his contacts with the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kisliak.
In late 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to having lied to the FBI about his contacts with Kisliak, but later withdrew that statement and tried to dismiss the charges, while his attorneys argued that there was negligence among the prosecutors and investigators who activated the case.