On Wednesday, President Donald Trump decided to issue a full pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI in the course of the Russia investigation — despite Flynn's attempt to take back his plea and Attorney General William Barr's efforts to shut down the prosecution.
Although Trump and his supporters for years have painted Flynn as a hero, that was not always the sentiment, however. As BuzzFeed News' Jason Leopold noted in a lengthy Twitter thread, Trump previously was enraged with Flynn's criminal conduct, and publicly declared him a liar.
Some Michael Flynn and Trump memories courtesy of FBI 302s we obtained via #FOIA That time Donald Trump was very… https://t.co/7rVgZ5BD1P— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold)1606339948.0
Trump promised Michael Flynn a "good recommendation" after he was fired 2/ https://t.co/wZipKwN9E0— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold)1606339997.0
Not #FOIA https://t.co/lGDBwM9AYg— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold)1606340120.0
Hope Hicks told Mueller's investigators that Trump was bothered by “bad tweets” posted by Michael Flynn, and his so… https://t.co/j47y4heea5— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold)1606340180.0
Steve Bannon told the FBI that after the 2016 election Michael Flynn sought out Obama's national security adviser S… https://t.co/DUolrDUOzA— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold)1606340284.0
Chris Christie had lunch with Trump on Valentine's Day 2017. Trump told him, "Now that we fired Flynn, the Russia t… https://t.co/MRTNEp1MiS— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold)1606340397.0
Reince Priebus told Mueller's investigators that there was one point when Trump was "so upset" with Michael Flynn "… https://t.co/eBGnliZAJc— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold)1606340590.0
Read all of the stories and the docs @BuzzFeedNews and I pried loose via #FOIA over the past 4 years related to Fly… https://t.co/UNJvALOeEE— Jason Leopold (@Jason Leopold)1606341139.0