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Flynn’s brother calls for pardon from Trump

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The brother of President Trump’s ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn called on the president to pardon Flynn in a now-deleted tweet.

“About time you pardoned General Flynn who has taken the biggest fall for all of you given the illegitimacy of this confessed crime in the wake of all this corruption,” Joseph Flynn said in a tweet on Tuesday.

The tweet was in response to a tweet from Trump, in which the president complained about the unverified dossier detailing his alleged ties to Russia.

 

Joseph Flynn deleted the tweet shortly after it was posted, but confirmed to Newsweek he drafted and sent it.{mosads}

“I said it, and maybe he’s listening,” he said.

Michael Flynn earlier this month pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States. 

The former general was fired in February after it was revealed he had misled administration officials, including Vice President Pence, about foreign contacts. 

Trump did not rule out pardoning Flynn while speaking with reporters earlier this month at the White House. 

“I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet,” the president said, adding “We’ll see what happens. Let’s see.”

The president pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in August after the former law enforcement officer was convicted of criminal contempt for disobeying a federal judge’s order on detaining individuals suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

Critics said the move was a sign that Trump could issue pardons to other figures, such as Flynn.

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