US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (November 25) pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
As is President Trump’s signature style, he used Twitter to make the announcement.
“It is my great honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a full pardon,” tweeted Trump.
The Justice Department, which led the probe into allegations of Russian election interference that resulted in Flynn’s conviction, said they were not consulted prior to the latest development, further noting that the President has the power to grant pardons.
Following the President’s tweet, the White House released a statement which proclaims Flynn’s innocence.
“The President has pardoned General Flynn because he should never have been prosecuted,” read the statement.
Trump back in March 2020 hinted that he would be “strongly considering” pardoning Flynn.
The pardon means Flynn no longer faces the possibility of jail time, which was still on the books despite the May 2019 decision in which the Justice Department abruptly moved to dismiss the case.