President Trump has officially pardoned former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn was President Trump’s first National Security Adviser who was fired and then subsequently prosecuted for allegedly lying to the FBI about contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Since then documents have been uncovered that led to the DOJ to drop the charges, Despite that, Obama-appointed Judge Emmit Sullivan continues to try and keep the case from being thrown out.
According to CNBC:
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he had pardoned Michael Flynn, his first national security advisor, who pleaded guilty three years ago to lying to FBI agents.
The pardon came before a judge had ruled on a motion by the U.S. Justice Department to dismiss the case and to undo Flynn’s guilty plea for making false statements to agent about the nature of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States after Trump’s election in 2016.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2020
Flynn’s defense lawyer Sidney Powell recently told the judge in the case that she had spoken directly to Trump about the “overall status” of litigation.”
Flynn appealed Sullivan’s moves, and a three-judge panel in the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with him that the case should be dismissed.
Powell did says that she asked President Trump to not issue a pardon for Flynn as she continued her crusade to get the case officially dismissed.