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After Fumbling Coronavirus Response, Trump Tweets About Pardoning Mike Flynn


After Fumbling Coronavirus Response, Trump Tweets About Pardoning Mike Flynn

As health officials work round the clock trying to clean up Donald Trump’s pandemic mess, the president took to Twitter to change the conversation.

In his tweet, Trump said that he is “strongly considering” a full pardon for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has ‘lost’ the records of General Michael Flynn,” he tweeted on Sunday.

“How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!” he added.

Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 for lying to the FBI about his communications with the Russian ambassador.

He acted as a key witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The special counsel recommended Flynn be sentenced between zero and six months because of his “substantial assistance” during the investigation.

There has also been speculation about Trump potentially pardoning associate Roger Stone who was sentenced to more than three years in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering in the Russia investigation.

The president pardoned several individuals last month, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) after he had been convicted of federal corruption charges.

It’s unclear why Trump decided to tweet about Michael Flynn in the middle of a health crisis.

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