Trump Plans To Pardon Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn
Axios reported the news Tuesday after sources told the outlet that Trump plans to pardon Flynn and a list of other individuals before he makes his highly anticipated exit.
Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s former ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, in 2017 and was involved in a lengthy legal battle that started this year over whether his charges should be dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct.
There is controversy on whether his charges should be dropped. Attorney General William Barr assigned a prosecutor to review the case, that prosecutor believed the charges should be dropped. But on the other end, U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan decision not to was upheld by an appeals court, an outside legal expert will now look into it.
The court also turned down Flynn’s request for Sullivan to recuse himself from the case on the basis that he acted improperly, The Hill reports. However, Flynn agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI and at one point was cordially working with the special counsel investigators on Trump’s 2016 campaign which delayed his sentencing, but now, he has reneged on his plea deal.
If Trump pardons him, it would potentially end Flynn’s legal woes before an attorney general appointed by his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, could be installed next year.