President pardons disgraced Michael Flynn, after insisting election needs to be overturned

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President pardons disgraced Michael Flynn, after insisting election should be overturned





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Donald Trump has announced his final presidential pardon: Michael Flynn. The shamed former national security adviser pleaded guilty to the FBI during the Russian meddling investigation, but Mr Trump has now cleared the man of his charges.

The president wrote on Twitter: "I am honored to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has received a full pardon."

This pardon is the first of others that the outgoing President expects before leaving office. Paul Manafort, chairman of the 2016 Trump campaign, and George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign affairs advisor, could also receive pardons.

In other news, Mr Trump's legal team has continued its push to claim that the 2020 elections were mass fraud. During a "hearing" in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Rudy Giuliani alleged that Mr. Trump may have won Virginia despite losing the state by millions of votes. The President also took time to go into the hearing and re-make unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.

"It's easy for me to say that we have to wait four years. But they cheated," Trump said of the Democrats. "They are bad people, they are terrible people and they are people who don't love our country."

He added, "All we need is a judge who hears it right without political opinion."

In stark contrast to the seated president, Mr. Biden delivered a speech on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, in which he urged Americans to resort to "faith, courage and sacrifice" this Christmas season.

"Service to the country, service to one another, and gratitude in the face of suffering have long been part of what Thanksgiving means in America," he said in remarks from Delaware.

"We are facing another long, hard winter," he added. "I know the country has grown tired of fighting … We are at war with the virus, not with each other."

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