The former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was unjustly accused by the FBI of being a Russian agent in 2017, is close to being pardoned by the Trump administration, according to two sources close to the issue reported Axios.
In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about Russian interference in the presidential campaign of Donald Trump in 2016.
In January 2020, Flynn tried to withdraw his plea of guilty by claiming he had not lied, but ended up pleading guilty after prosecutors, led by then-special counsel Robert Mueller, threatened to prosecute his son.
His case was cleared by the Department of Justice in May of this year after Brandon Van Grack, one of the prosecutors in charge of the case against the retired lieutenant general, suddenly quit.
Justice Department officials concluded that Flynn’s interview with the FBI was “unconstrained and unwarranted by the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of Mr. Flynn ‘and that the interview’ was conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”
The Justice Department’s decision came after FBI documents became known that were sufficient evidence that investigators in the case of the alleged Russian interference had set up a perjury trap for Flynn.
Although U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen, who has been in charge of reviewing Flynn’s case, recommended that Attorney General William Barr drop the charges, special district judge Emmet Sullivan did not agree and asked for outside legal experts to intervene in the case.
According to Gateway Pundit, in April the Justice Department released the Brady documents, obtained by Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell, which were introduced as evidence to acquit Flynn of the charges against him.
Flynn’s lawyers asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to ask Judge Sullivan to drop the case before the hearings, although the request was denied.
With the pardon, President Trump takes the case out of the court’s hands. Earlier this year, President Trump pardoned political consultant Roger Stone, who was also charged in the Mueller investigation.