President Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, bringing an end to a drawn-out legal fight over the actions of his former national security advisor.
The president tweeted the news Wednesday afternoon.
Trump has previously said he was "strongly considering" pardoning Flynn, who pleaded guilty two times to lying to investigators about connections with Russia’s ambassador during the presidential campaign in 2016. U.S. Attorney General William Barr controversially dropped the case against Flynn last spring, a move met with widespread uproar.
Senior members of the administration, led by Trump himself, have long denied any contact with Russia during the campaign.
Flynn, a decorated lieutenant general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was an early supporter of the president’s campaign. He served as Trump’s national security advisor for less than a month before resigning under intense pressure as investigations proceeded over his contact with foreign agents.
Speculation about possible presidential pardons from President Trump has swirled since it became apparent that Joe Biden had won the White House.