Trump Pardons Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn

Headline Roundup November 25th, 2020

President Donald Trump pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, announcing the move in a tweet. In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador in an investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election. Later, Flynn tried to withdraw his first plea of guilty and substitute a second plea of not guilty, claiming that the government was trying to frame him. Flynn is the second person convicted in the Russia probe to be pardoned; Trump commuted the sentence of Roger Stone days before he was to report to prison. A Justice Department official said Wednesday that the DOJ was not consulted about the Flynn pardon.

The story was covered by news outlets across the political spectrum. Some coverage from the right tended to focus on reactions to Flynn's pardon.

Trump Pardons Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn

From the Center
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President Trump has pardoned his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who spent years enmeshed in an often bizarre legal war with the government that sprang from the Russia investigation.

Trump announced the news Wednesday on Twitter as Americans prepared to observe the Thanksgiving holiday this week. The pardon brings an end to a long-running legal odyssey for Flynn, who was the only member of the Trump administration to be charged as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI...

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From the Left
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President Trump on Wednesday announced he had pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, ending a three-year legal saga that included Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to the FBI, his later effort to withdraw that plea and then a controversial decision by Attorney General William P. Barr to try to drop the case altogether.

Trump’s move marks a full embrace of the retired general he had ousted from the White House after only 22 days on the job — and a final salvo against the Russia investigation that shadowed...

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From the Right
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President Donald Trump pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, taking direct aim at a Russia investigation he has long insisted was motivated by political bias.

Trump tweeted:

"It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!"

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