President Donald Trump said he issued a pardon Wednesday to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, ending a three-year legal odyssey for the retired Army general who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian ambassador prior to Trump's inauguration.
The president's action, coming in the final weeks of his administration, once again highlighted the long shadow cast by the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, which resulted in the prosecution of six former aides to the president.
Trump announced the news through his Twitter account.
"It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon," Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "Congratulations to @GenFlynn
and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!"
Earlier this year, Trump commuted the sentence of longtime confidant Roger Stone, a Republican operative convicted of lying to Congress to protect the president's campaign from the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
A pig pardoning a pig. Don't get me wrong; Biden is a pig, too. You have to be a swine to rise so high in politics.