Per reports, President Trump has informed confidants he intends to pardon former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.
Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts in 2017, but Trump supporters have long urged his pardon due to the Russiagate hoax.
In January 2020, Flynn attempted to withdraw his guilty plea citing prosecutorial misconduct.
SCOOP: Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn, per two sources with direct knowledge. https://t.co/GyHvWcn6NO
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) November 25, 2020
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 25, 2020
Two sources confirmed to Axios that Flynn will be one of several pardons between now and January.
Axios broke down the big picture of Flynn’s pardon:
The big picture: Flynn’s pardon would be the culmination of a four-year political and legal saga that began with the FBI’s investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 election.
The retired lieutenant general is viewed by many Trump supporters as a victim of political retaliation by the Obama administration.
Flynn’s lawyers and members of conservative media have accused the FBI of entrapping him and cited his case as part of a broader campaign to discredit the Russia probe.
Earlier this year, Trump commuted the sentence of Roger Stone, another associate charged in the Mueller investigation who the president complained had been unfairly targeted in a political witch hunt.
Also stated by Axios:
Flash forward: In January 2020, after two years of sentencing delays due to his cooperation with the Mueller investigation, Flynn and his new legal team sought to withdraw his guilty plea, alleging prosecutorial misconduct.
A federal prosecutor appointed to review the case by Attorney General Bill Barr recommended that the charges be dropped, finding that the FBI interview in which Flynn lied was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”
District Judge Emmet Sullivan did not immediately agree to drop the charges, and asked for outside legal experts to weigh in on the unusual case.
Flynn’s lawyers filed an emergency appeal to force the judge to comply with the DOJ motion.
That resulted in a protracted legal fight, which ended in August with an appeals court siding with Sullivan.
The entire case against Flynn was a sham and the general only agreed to the plea due to threats to his family.
Judge Emmet Sullivan has repeatedly delayed the trial and prevented Gen. Flynn from receiving justice from this egregious set up.
Following smears from the press and boatloads of legal fees, the released Brady documents proved he committed no crimes.
#BREAKING The government just provided the #Flynn defense with remarkable new & long withheld BRADY evidence. Letter below just filed. Stay tuned.@realDonaldTrump @Techno_Fog @seanmdav @seanhannity @ProfMJCleveland @BarbaraRedgate @JosephJFlynn1 @lofly727 @GoJackFlynn pic.twitter.com/06dS1ybv6L
— Sidney Powell ??⭐⭐⭐ (@SidneyPowell1) April 24, 2020