President Trump Extends Full Pardon To General Michael Flynn

( It’s official: President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, the first person to serve as his National Security Advisor.

On Wednesday night, the president 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!”

Before Trump sent his tweet, Flynn sent one of his own that simply read: “Jeremiah 1:19.” It’s a nod to a passage from the Bible that reads:

“And they shall fight against thee, and shall not prevail: for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.”

Flynn had twice pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents as part of the Robert Mueller investigation. Flynn apparently lied about conversations he had with an ambassador to Russia during the transition period for Trump. That was the point in time between Election Day in 2016 and when Trump officially took office in January 2017.

A recent report from The Federalist found that “FBI Special Agent William Barnett revealed that Flynn was targeted by the Special Counsel Office (SCO) to ‘get Trump.’ According to Barnett, there was no basis for an investigation into the alleged ‘collusion.'”

The White House also released an official press release regarding Flynn’s pardon. It reads:

“The President has pardoned General Flynn because he should never have been prosecuted. An independent review of General Flynn’s case by the Department of Justice — conducted by respected career professionals — supports this conclusion.

“Multiple investigations have produced evidence establishing that General Flynn was the victim of partisan government officials engaged in a coordinated attempt to subvert the election of 2016. These individuals sought to prevent Donald Trump from being elected to the Presidency, to block him from assuming that office upon his elect ion, to remove him from office after his inauguration, and to undermine his Administration at every turn.”

The White House press release also accused the Obama administration of trying to undermine the democratic process of the U.S. It reads:

“After the 2016 election, individuals within the outgoing administration refused to accept the choice the American people had made at the ballot box and worked to undermine the peaceful transition of power.

“These efforts were enabled by a complicit media that willingly published falsehoods and hid inconvenient facts from public view, including with respect to General Flynn. They amounted to a brazen assault on our democracy and a direct attack on our fundamental political values.”

Many people came to the support of President Trump after he announced Flynn’s pardon. Republican Senator Ted Cruz from Texas said pardoning Flynn was the “right thing to do.” He tweeted:

“The Obama-Biden administration weaponized the @TheJusticeDept, FBI, & intel community to destroy their political opponents. It was abusive, it was lawless, and it was political persecution.”

As a result of the full pardon, Flynn’s conviction is now unconditionally absolved. He will not have to serve any time.