US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former top security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
The president said the widely expected act of clemency was his “Great Honor”.
Flynn was among former aides to President Trump convicted during a justice department investigation into alleged Russian election interference.
He admitted in 2017 to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia’s envoy, then tried to withdraw his plea.
Flynn responded to the president’s announcement by posting a tweet containing a US flag emoji and a Biblical verse, Jeremiah 1:19.
The verse says: “‘They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.”
US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler led Democratic condemnation of the move.
He issued a quick statement saying: “This pardon is undeserved, unprincipled, and one more stain on President Trump’s rapidly diminishing legacy.”