In what might be the ultimate news dump, President Trump announced late in the afternoon on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, that he would be granting a full pardon to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, tweeting “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”
This is now the second associate the President has pardoned that was convicted in the Russia probe, as he commuted the sentence of Roger Stone a few days before he was set to report to prison.
In December of 2017, Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during a January interview with two agents, including former FBI special agent Peter Strzok, before reversing course in January of 2020 after replacing his legal team with attorney Sydney Powell. The Justice Department filed to have the charges against Flynn dropped later that year in May, but the judge who was presiding over the case wouldn’t allow the department’s motion.
Ironically, Flynn was represented by attorney Sidney Powell, who’s been making dramatic claims but yet to present any evidence of voter fraud in the Presidential Election, that she claimed would flip the result and keep Trump in office.
The move by Trump today keeps Flynn from being sentenced to prison.