Media reports indicated earlier that Trump told his confidants about pardoning his ex-aide during what is presumed to be the US president’s final weeks in office.
President Donald Trump announces a pardon for his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, 61, who was accused of lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US.
Trump previously said that the case against Flynn was a “scam” and he was framed, adding that what has happened to him should never happen to any other American.
According to media speculation, the move is supposed to be one in a series of pardons Trump is going to announce before the next US president takes office.
Retired Army Gen. Flynn, who was forced into retirement, pleaded guilty in 2017 to making “false and fraudulent statements” to the FBI regarding the nature of the talks with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak amid the 2016 election campaign. He, however, retracted his plea later after evidence emerged that the FBI might have framed him.
The Flynn case was part of broader investigations into alleged collusion between the Trump team and Russian officials in 2016, which had been making headlines on major US media outlets for almost two years. However, the final report of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller stated there was no evidence that a conspiracy between Trump and Russia took place during the 2016 presidential…