After years of targeted criminal and political scrutiny, former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lengthy ordeal is over.
As reported by The Hill, President Donald Trump announced this week that he had issued a full pardon for Flynn, who had been charged with making a false statement as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 Trump campaign.
The move had been expected in recent days as rumors swirled throughout D.C. and beyond that Trump was prepared to issue a pardon.
Months ago, the Department of Justice confirmed its effort to dismiss the charge against Flynn, but a federal district judge refused to comply.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the president made his proclamation public just in time for the holidays.
“It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” Trump wrote. “Congratulations to [Flynn] and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”
White House Kayleigh McEnany also provided a statement celebrating the pardon and claiming that Flynn “should never have been prosecuted” in the first place.
“An independent review of General Flynn’s case by the Department of Justice — conducted by respected career professionals — supports this conclusion,” she explained.
According to McEnany, Trump’s pardon will bring an end to “the relentless, partisan pursuit of an innocent man,” though it should not have been necessary.
“He is an innocent man,” she reiterated. “Even the FBI agents who interviewed General Flynn did not think he was lying. 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.”
Democrats, of course, were up in arms over the perceived executive overreach. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), for example, decried the Flynn pardon as “an act of grave corruption and a brazen abuse of power.”
Flynn and his family, however, are now focused on a brighter future, as explained in a statement shortly after the pardon was announced: “Today, the Flynn family is grateful to President Donald J. Trump for answering our prayers and the prayers of a nation by removing the heavy burden of injustice off the shoulders of our brother Michael, with a full pardon of innocence.”