PRESIDENT Donald Trump has reportedly told people close to him that he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts.
Trump informed confidants of his plan to pardon Flynn, who pleaded not guilty in December 2017, two sources familiar with the talks told Axios on Tuesday.
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Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, ran into problems during the presidential transition in 2016.
At the time, Flynn told former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak over the phone not to escalate after the Obama administration put sanctions on Russia for election interference.
Flynn lied that he had not talked about the Russian sanctions to Vice President Mike Pence, who conveyed the information to the media.
BI agents interviewed Flynn in January 2017 regarding a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Afterward, Flynn admitted to he lied to the FBI as part of a plea deal with Robert Mueller, the special counsel who led the investigation into Russian interference in the election and possible links to the Trump campaign.
Flynn’s legal team accused the FBI of setting him up and claimed it was part of an effort to discredit the Russia investigation, and Trump supporters believed the Obama administration unfairly targeted him.
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