Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for Flynn

Trump 'strongly considering' full pardon for Flynn
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE said Sunday that he is “strongly considering” a full pardon for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has ‘lost’ the records of General Michael Flynn,” he tweeted.

“How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!” he added. 


Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 for lying to the FBI about his communications with the Russian ambassador. 

He acted as a key witness in Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The special counsel recommended Flynn be sentenced between zero and six months because of his “substantial assistance” during the investigation.

Flynn unexpectedly fired his Covington & Burling lawyers in June of 2019, leading some to suggest he was setting up for a pardon from the president, who has praised his new lawyer.

There has also been speculation about Trump potentially pardoning associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneWashington braces for unpredictable post-election period Like it or not, a Trump self-pardon may be coming soon This election is headed to the courts, but Democrats have lawyers too MORE who was sentenced to more than three years in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering in the Russia investigation. 

The president pardoned several individuals last month, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) after he had been convicted of federal corruption charges.