Before leaving, Trump grants presidential pardon to his former National Security adviser, Michael Flynn

He was jailed for lying to the FBI in the Russiagate case about Moscow’s interference in the 2016 elections.

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has pardoned Michael Flynn. It is supposed to be the first of a chain of forgiveness scheduled before leaving the White House on January 20. One of these could be for himself.

Flynn, a retired military man, served as the president’s first national security advisor. It fell soon, at 24 days, by the Rusiagate.

By twice lied under oath to the FBI on their contacts with Russian diplomats during the transitional period after Trump’s victory in 2016.

It was the only charge in this Administration that acknowledged guilt as a result of the investigation of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller III about Russia’s interference in those elections.

“It is my great honor to announce that General Michael has been pardoned,” Trump tweeted. “Congratulations to the general and his wonderful family, I know you will have a fantastic Thanksgiving,” he added in relation to the Thanksgiving party, which takes place this Thursday.

The clemency means the end of four years of political and legal dispute over the possible coordination of the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Trumpists see Flynn as victim of revenge of the Obama administration. Conservative media and lawyers for the retired military support the theory that the FBI set him up. His case is cited as part of a broad campaign to discredit the Russian investigation.

One of Flynn’s attorneys is Sidney Powell, who has been alienated from the Trump campaign in its judicial fight to overturn the will of the ballot box.

Powell is the diffuser of the conspiracy in which, from the grave, the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013, already worked for that supposed electoral robbery perpetrated against Trump.

President Trump commuted the sentence of Roger Stone, another of his collaborators accused of the Mueller investigation, at the beginning of this 2020. That happened once Trump was acquitted of the impeachment (political process) by the Republican majority in the Senate, which blocked almost all of the tests requested by the Democrats.

The president then maintained that Stone had been unfairly singled out in a Witch hunt politics.

While awaiting sentencing, Flynn wanted to backtrack on his confession. Attorney General Bill Barr recommended that the charges be dropped and dismissed the FBI investigation.

Judge Emmet Sullivan did not agree to archive the case and required outside experts on the matter to give their opinion. Flynn’s attorneys filed an emergency appeal to rectify that action. Last August, however, the appeal court agreed with the judge. But the last word is from Trump

By Francesc Peirón, New York

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