Former Trump aide Michael Flynn says he didn’t want presidential pardon he accepted

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Donald Trump’s national security adviser former Michael Flynn has said he does not want the president’s apology for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.

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On Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, Mr Flynn said he “didn’t want the apology” he had received from Mr Trump in November last year, because he “didn’t deserve it”.

Mr Flynn said he wanted to be able to fight to withdraw his guilty plea and prove his innocence, which the pardon prevented.


He told Mr Carlson: “I would say I went through persecution for a lie I never said and for an apology I didn’t want,” he said during the interview.

“You didn’t want to apologize?” asked Mr. Carlson.

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“No, I didn’t want it at all, I didn’t want to, because I didn’t deserve it,” he said.

Mr Flynn served as national security adviser under Mr Trump for only 23 days before being fired in February 2017 when it emerged he had discussed his discussions with Russia’s then ambassador to the United States. Lied to Vice President Mike Pence.

The Defense Department’s Inspector General’s Office launched a separate investigation in April 2017 into payments Mr Flynn received from Russia and Turkey, including a $45,000 fee for attending a dinner in Moscow in 2015, where he met President Vladimir Putin. was sitting next to. NPR.

During Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation into election interference and links between the Trump campaign and Moscow, Mr. Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI about talks with Russia during the president’s transition period. Were were

At the time of his guilty plea, Mr. Flynn said: “My guilty plea and the agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision made in the best interest of my family and our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions. I do.”

However, he later changed his stance and filed for the withdrawal of his guilty plea, accusing the government of “bad faith, retaliation and breach of plea agreement”.

Mr Flynn’s sentence was erased two months before Mr Trump left office, when he received a presidential pardon, putting an end to a complicated legal saga.


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