The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced this Wednesday that he has granted a “total” pardon to his former National Security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the US Federal Police (FBI) about his relationship. with the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kisliak.
“It is a great honor for me to announce that General Michael Flynn has received a total pardon,” Trump has transferred through his account on the social network Twitter, where he has extended his “congratulations” to his former adviser and his family. “I know that now they will have a really fantastic Thanksgiving,” he added.
Flynn was in the White House for only a few weeks and resigned in early 2017, after it became public that he lied about his contacts with Russia. He later pleaded guilty to these events, but later backed off and tried to have his case dismissed. In a controversial move, the US Department of Justice dropped the charges against him in the spring.
Trump’s former National Security adviser has become an example of the current president’s repeated efforts to undermine the investigation into his ties with Russia, as a result of the impeachment that was developed against him and ended with his acquittal. .
The leader of the Democrats appointed to exercise the impeachment impeachment of the House of Representatives, the head of the Intelligence Committee of the House, Adam Schiff, has indicated that the president has a “broad power” to grant pardons but that when these “are used to isolate himself, his family and his associates from a criminal investigation” it is a “corruption” of the mechanism.