The family of former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) released a statement Wednesday evening thanking President Donald Trump for pardoning him, and thanking Americans for their prayers.
Trump pardoned Flynn earlier Wednesday, ending a long legal saga that saw Flynn targeted by the outgoing Obama administration on false suspicions of “Russia collusion.” Flynn, under pressure, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, but withdrew his plea when exculpatory evidence emerged. The Department of Justice sought to drop the case, but the judge refused to allow it to do so.
In the statement released by Flynn’s sister, the family said, in part:
For four long years, our family and millions of American patriots stood arm-in-arm together with our brother, General Michael T. Flynn, fighting the visions, deep-rooted corruption of government institutions and vengeful individuals intent on destroying General Flynn and our country in shameful defiance of justice and the Rule of Law. Those individuals have disgraced the United States of America.
Today the Flynn Family is grateful to President Donald J. Trump for answering our prayers and the prayers of a nation…
Let it be heard across this great country and around the world that tyranny will not topple us.
Update: Flynn alsothanked the president personally for a statement earlier in which the White House noted that Flynn had been pardoned while also being innocent of any crime. He noted that he himself would issue a separate statement Thursday: