BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump ‘is planning to pardon his disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn’
- Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about dealings with Russian ambassador
- He sought to withdraw his plea in January, arguing his rights were violated
- Trump told confidants he plans to pardon Flynn before leaving office, Axios says
- President has not been shy about using his pardon power to help political allies
He sought to withdraw the guilty plea in January, arguing that prosecutors violated his rights and duped him into a plea agreement.
The president is said to have told confidants he plans to pardon Flynn and others before he leaves office, sources told the website.
Donald Trump is planning to pardon his disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn, Axios reported Tuesday. Flynn is pictured in 2018
Trump has not been shy about using his pardon power to help political allies and those he believes have been wronged by an out-of-control justice system.
He commuted the sentence of associate Roger Stone earlier this year saying he had been the victim of a political witch hunt after he was also charged in the Mueller investigation.
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was charged under former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation that detailed Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
Flynn pleaded guilty twice to lying to the FBI about his conversations before Trump took office with Sergei Kislyak, who was then Russia’s ambassador to the United States, concerning U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia under President Barack Obama.
Trump, left, jokes with retired Gen. Michael Flynn at a 2016 rally. Trump has not been shy about using his pardon power to help political allies and those he believes have been wronged by an out-of-control justice system
In September Flynn’s lead attorney Sidney Powell told a federal judge that she had discussed the case with the president and asked him not to pardon Flynn.
At the same hearing, U.S. Justice Department lawyers denied any corruption or political motives in efforts to get the federal criminal case against Flynn dropped.
In May, Attorney General William Barr stunned many in the legal community by ordering prosecutors to have the case dropped, a decision that came after Trump repeatedly complained that Flynn was being treated unfairly.
Critics have accused Barr of giving special treatment to Trump allies such as Flynn and Trump’s longtime friend and supporter Stone.
Powell downplayed a letter she sent to Barr and Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in June of 2019, in which she complained that the FBI had tried to entrap her client and asked the department to appoint new government lawyers to preside over the case.
When Sullivan asked whether she felt her letter to Barr was ethical, Powell replied: ‘Perfectly.’
The Trump administration sought to distance itself from Powell on Thursday, insisting she is ‘not a member’ of their legal team after she spread a series of wild and unfounded conspiracy theories about election fraud.
Michael Flynn, former U.S. national security adviser, and lawyer Sidney Powell, left, exit federal court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, June 24, 2019