Trump considering full pardon for ex-adviser Michael Flynn

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he is considering a full pardon for his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about dealings with Russia's ambassador before Trump took office.

Flynn sought to withdraw the guilty plea in January, arguing that prosecutors violated his rights and duped him into a plea agreement. Trump said the FBI and Justice Department had "destroyed" Flynn's life and that of his family, and cited an unspecified, unsubstantiated report that they had lost records related to Flynn.

"I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!" Trump said on Twitter.

Flynn was supposed to help cooperate with the government as part of his plea deal. But he later switched lawyers and tactics, arguing that prosecutors in the case had violated his rights and tricked him into lying about his December 2016 conversations with Sergei Kislyak, then Moscow's ambassador in Washington.

The Department of Justice has repeatedly denied allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, and U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan rejected all of Flynn’s claims in December and set a sentencing date.

Shortly after that, Flynn filed the motion to withdraw his plea.

Flynn, who also previously led the Defense Intelligence Agency, served just 24 days in the Republican Trump administration before he was fired in January 2017.

He was one of several former Trump aides to plead guilty or be convicted at trial in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that detailed Moscow's interference in the 2016 U.S. election to boost Trump's candidacy, as well as numerous contacts between Trump's campaign and Russia.



Trump Slams ‘Nasty’ Question As PBS Reporter Challenges Him On Shutdown Of Pandemic Unit

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Trump told Yamiche Alcindor he didn’t “know anything about” the elimination of the Global Health Security team by his former national security adviser.

Joe Biden Sweeps More Primaries, Solidifying His Path To The Democratic Nomination

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The former vice president is cruising, while Sen. Bernie Sanders is in big trouble.

Former Vice President Joe Biden scored another batch of impressive primary victories on Tuesday, adding to his delegate lead and taking one more step ― maybe his final one ― toward the Democratic presidential nomination.

Biden won by a landslide in Mississippi, Missouri, and Michigan, putting on another commanding performance after his decisive wins in last week’s Super Tuesday contests. A coalition of diverse voters swung heavily in his favor over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, whose campaign struggled to make up the difference with younger Americans and now faces a critical decision whether to continue his campaign.

“I want to thank Bernie Sanders and his supporters for their tireless passion. We share a common goal and together we’ll defeat Donald Trump,” Biden said at an event in Philadelphia, attempting a subtle pivot to the general election.

Biden is also expected to build on his delegate haul in Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington state, where polls close later on Tuesday. 

At a campaign appearance in Detroit on Monday, Biden projected party unity by rallying with Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, two former rivals for the Democratic nomination who endorsed Biden over the weekend, as well as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

“It takes coalitions to win. And this campaign looks like this country and it looks like this city,” Whitmer said at the event, pointing to the diversity of the crowd.

Rivals no more. 
Rivals no more. 

Black voters played a huge role in resuscitating Biden’s campaign, which struggled early last month after disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire. The trend continued on Tuesday: Biden won 84% of Black voters in Mississippi compared to Sanders’ 13%, per an early exit poll released by CNN.

Michigan, in particular, was seen as a pivotal state for Sanders’ campaign. A surprise win there could have at least reversed the narrative that the race was functionally over, even if Sanders had committed to staying in until the Democratic convention. The Vermont senator upset Hillary Clinton in the Great Lakes State in the 2016 Democratic primary, so he was a known commodity there. He focused heavily on the state in the past week, holding several huge rallies in Detroit and the college town of Ann Arbor. 


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