U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was considering a pardon for Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI.
“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,” Trump tweeted.
“How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!”
In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with the then-Russian ambassador to the United States after the 2016 presidential election. The case against Flynn stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
Flynn cut a deal with Mueller, but in January sought to withdraw his guilty plea. He has yet to be sentenced.
Flynn, while serving as an adviser to Trump in 2016, penned an op-ed that lambasted U.S.-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen as “Turkey’s Osama Bin Laden” and urged support for Ankara’s attempts to have the man it blames for the 2016 failed coup attempt extradited from the United States.
Later Flynn, alongside his son, and businessman Bijan Rafiekian, were investigated by Mueller’s prosecutors for failing to register as foreign lobbyists as well as a fantastical plot to kidnap Gülen from his Pennsylvania home.