WASHINGTON – Michael Flynn said on Thursday he could “breathe freedom and liberty” for the first time in four years after President Donald Trump had given him full grace the day before.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart. For the first time in more than four years and because of my fearless lawyer, Sidney Powell, the guardian angel of American justice and the thousands of good people with infinite energy who come together on my behalf, I breathe freedom and freedom today, ”Flynn said. in a long personal statement issued on Thanksgiving afternoon.
Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to the FBI twice, did not say special thanks to Trump for his pardon. At the same time, he reported critics of the president.
“Never again should any family or individual be so viciously targeted, malicious, smeared and threatened. Such was the experience of my family and me. Not you and your loved ones, not me, not President Trump, our First Lady and the Trump children, ”he said.
“Stand with me today, renouncing the betrayal of trust that is burdening our nation, and proclaim in a united voice on this earth that we will never again allow the legitimate power of the citizens of this country to be eroded, undermined, usurped or retained. as a hostage to a coup against our nation, a properly elected president, or any future president of this United States. “
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December 2016 over a conversation with Sergey Kislyak, a Russian ambassador at the time. However, the Department of Justice intervened in May and took action to dismiss the criminal proceedings against Flynn.
He waited a while for the grace Trump made Wednesday afternoon.