US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Trump announced on Wednesday on the short message service Twitter that he was pleased about the “full pardon”. Flynn was the first former member of the Trump administration to plead guilty in favor of Trump in an investigation into Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 presidential election.
He had confessed that he had told the untruth about talks with the then Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kisljak, just weeks before Trump took office. Trump has repeatedly said Flynn did not break a law.
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
The affair is about the alleged Russian interference in favor of Trump in the US presidential election 2016 as well as the suspicion that employees of the Trump team may have colluded with Moscow.
In his nearly two-year investigation, special investigator Robert Mueller found insufficient evidence of illegal collusion between the Trump team and Moscow. However, Mueller explicitly did not exonerate the president from the allegation of obstruction of justice. (apa, dpa, reuters)