President Donald Trump is poised to pardon convicted felon Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2017 before attempting to withdraw the plea this year, according to multiple reports.
Axios' Jonathan Swan first reported in an exclusive story Tuesday night that the president "has told confidants he plans to pardon" Flynn, citing "two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions".
Flynn admitted lying to the FBI about his contact with the former Russian ambassador to the U.S., and became a cooperating witness in Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's links with Moscow.More news: Rooney Reveals The Premier League Team He Nearly Joined Before Man United
It's not just turkeys President Donald Trump is pardoning on his way out of office.
But he has since sought to withdraw the plea, arguing that prosecutors violated his rights and duped him into a plea agreement.
Flynn was one of several former Trump aides to plead guilty or be convicted at trial in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Moscow's interference in the 2016 United States election to boost Mr Trump's candidacy.More news: San Diego County reports record 1,546 new COVID-19 cases
Judge Emmet Sullivan, however, did not drop the case, and it is still ongoing.
Many in the Trump administration, including the president himself, believe that Flynn has been a victim of political revenge on the part of ex-president Obama's administration. "She is also not a lawyer for the President in his personal capacity", the statement read.Newsmax TV Is Coming for Fox News by Hiring All the Crazies.More news: Initial results from Oxford Covid-19 vaccine 'encouraging', say experts