US President Donald Trump said he was happy for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, for whom the court had previously closed the case.
“I am very happy for General Flynn. They were treated terribly … He was acquitted. I want to congratulate him. He went through a lot,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday before negotiations with Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Trump did not answer the repeatedly repeated question whether he spoke with Flynn.
Earlier, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided to close Michael Flynn’s case.
Earlier, the US Department of Justice dropped Flynn’s FBI charges from Flynn and asked the court to close the case. Judge Emmett Sullivan refused to do so and appointed an independent expert to evaluate the case. He recommended that the case should not be closed, but Flynn sentenced for a crime in which he had already admitted earlier. The expert also suggested punishing Flynn for lying to the court because he first confessed to the crime and then tried to withdraw the confession.
Flynn was Trump’s national security adviser for three weeks in January-February 2017. He was accused of incorrectly informing Trump and the FBI about telephone conversations with the then Ambassador of Russia Sergey Kislyak. The case became one of the most notable in the “Russian investigation”, according to which special prosecutor Robert Muller confirmed accusations against Russia of “meddling in the elections” (Moscow denies this), but could not substantiate the assumption of a “conspiracy” of Trump with Moscow, the presence of which they deny it not only in the Kremlin, but also in the White House.
The recently declassified FBI documents for 2016-17, according to the current administration, indicate that surveillance of Trump’s entourage and the “Russian investigation” were launched illegally. In addition, there was evidence that Flynn was specifically provoked to give false testimonies. Trump called the case politically motivated and has already threatened a lawsuit.