President Trump said on Sunday that he is “strongly considering” a full pardon for former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Flynn, who was wrapped up in the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. No American was found guilty of colluding with the Russian government or any Russian individual or entity as a result of the investigation.
Trump repeatedly remarked during the investigation and after it that people who were caught up in the investigation, like Flynn, were having their lives ruined.
“So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has ‘lost’ the records of General Michael Flynn,” he said in a tweet.
“How convenient,” Trump continued in the post. “I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!”
So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has “lost” the records of General Michael Flynn. How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2020
The Daily Caller adds:
Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to making false statements in January 2017 regarding phone calls he had the month before with Russia’s ambassador.
Flynn, who replaced his legal team in June 2019, has recently filed motions to withdraw his guilty plea in the special counsel’s investigation.
“I am innocent of this crime, and I request to withdraw my guilty plea,” Flynn said in a Jan. 29 court filing.
Flynn claimed in the court filing that he entered a plea agreement because prosecutors threatened him with up to 15 years in prison and also threatened to file charges against his son.
Flynn cooperated extensively with the special counsel’s probe as part of his plea agreement, as well as with prosecutors in Virginia, who filed charges against Flynn’s former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian.
Rafiekian was indicted on charges that he acted as an unregistered agent of Turkey while he worked for Flynn’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group. The company signed a $600,000 agreement in August 2016 with a shell company operated by a Turkish businessman with ties to the Turkish government.
Flynn and Rafiekian were aware that Turkish government officials provided guidance to the Turkish businessman, Ekim Alptekin, as part of the consulting agreement.
As per Flynn’s agreement with the FBI, he would plead guilty to lying to investigators and would cooperate fully with their investigation. Flynn was also promised he would not be charged for his firm’s work in Turkey.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.