US President Donald Trump wants to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn is in prison after confessing to lying to the federal police department FBI when it investigated Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
According to news site Axios, two sources directly related to the discussions confirmed that Trump wants to pardon Flynn. Trump has alluded to this before and has only two months to do so until Joe Biden moves into the White House.
Flynn, who confessed in 2017 that he lied to the FBI about his dealings with the Russian ambassador to the US in the weeks before Trump’s term of office began, has since been trying to retract his confession of guilt.
According to Flynn, prosecutors violated his rights and tricked him into plotting guilt in exchange for a reduced sentence.
Trump previously used his presidential authority to pardon employee Roger Stone. Among other things, Stone had been convicted of making false statements to a Congressional committee and of attempting to influence a witness.