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Trump speaks out on Michael Flynn’s official presidential pardon, gushing that it is a great honor to grant him a full pardon, as reported by The Daily Caller.
“It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” Trump tweeted.
It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2020
Back in 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI during a White House interview with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
As The Daily Wire wrote, “Flynn admitted as part of his plea agreement that he lied to investigators when he said he did not ask Kislyak during a Dec. 29, 2016, phone call to refrain from escalating a diplomatic standoff with the U.S. President Obama had days earlier ordered the removal of 35 Russian diplomats over the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.”
From The Daily Caller:
The FBI had been investigating Flynn and three other Trump campaign advisers since August 2016, as part of Crossfire Hurricane.
The Justice Department also investigated Flynn’s lobbying in 2016 on behalf of the Turkish government. Flynn admitted as part of his plea deal to making false statements in filings he submitted to the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.