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U.S. President Donald Trump has discussed plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to U.S. media reports.

A person familiar with discussions between Trump and his aides told The New York Times that the Republican president plans to pardon Flynn before leaving office.

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However, three sources told CNN that Trump could still change his mind about pardoning Flynn.

According to the New York Times report, Flynn is just one of a string of pardons Trump is considering before President-elect Joe Biden takes over the White House in January.

News of the discussions was first reported by Axios on Tuesday.

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Flynn, a retired Army general, pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about interactions he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States in the weeks before Trump took office.

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However, he has since sought to withdraw the plea, arguing that prosecutors violated his rights and duped him into a plea agreement.

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In a tweet in March, Trump said the FBI and Justice Department had destroyed Flynn’s life, adding that he was “strongly considering a Full Pardon!”

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This summer, Trump commuted the criminal sentence of conservative consultant and lobbyist Roger Stone, who had been convicted of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to Congress.

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He had been sentenced to prison before Trump intervened.

-With files from Reuters. 

-More to come.

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