Trump Plans On Pardoning Michael Flynn And Others On His Way Out

President-elect Donald Trump with National Security Adviser Michael Flynn at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on December 21, 2016. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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November 25, 2020 7:38 a.m.

President Donald Trump is poised to pardon convicted felon Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017 before attempting to withdraw the plea this year, according to multiple reports.

Axios, the New York Times, and CNN report that Trump has been privately discussing plans to pardon Flynn, among others, during the final months of his presidency.

Unnamed sources told CNN that the President’s plans are subject to change, however.

During a court hearing in September on the Justice Department’s controversial move to dismiss Flynn’s criminal case, Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell (who was recently thrown out of Trump’s legal team in their fight to overturn the election) admitted that she had spoken to Trump about the case but had cautioned against a pardon.

The President has repeatedly painted Flynn as a victim of an anti-Trump conspiracy by Obama-era and intelligence officials in his sustained attacks against the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigations into the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Neither Trump nor his allies have provided evidence of their allegations.

A pardon for Flynn wouldn’t be the first time Trump used his presidential powers to shield one of his criminal associates. In July, the President commuted former adviser Roger Stone’s prison sentence after Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and obstructing the Russia probe.

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