Donald Trump is planning to pardon his disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions told Axios on Tuesday.
Sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.
“Flynn’s pardon would be the culmination of a four-year political and legal saga that began with the FBI’s investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 election,” Axios reports. “The retired lieutenant general is viewed by many Trump supporters as a victim of political retaliation by the Obama administration.”
Trump has not been shy about using his pardon power to help political allies and those he believes have been wronged by an out-of-control justice system.
He commuted the sentence of associate Roger Stone earlier this year saying he had been the victim of a political witch hunt after he was also charged in the Mueller investigation.