Trump adviser Michael Flynn was expelled in 2021 over the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol
Former US President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser and one of the key figures in the “Russiagate” controversy, Michael Flynn, was reinstated on Twitter Friday after a two-year suspension. The move comes as part of an online amnesty launched last year by the platform’s new owner, Elon Musk, who promised more transparency and a review of some policies.
Flynn was banned from Twitter shortly after a group of Trump supporters stormed and briefly overrun the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election .
Trump and several of his allies were also kicked off the platform after the same incident. The former president’s account was reinstated late last year after Musk took over Twitter.
“I want to personally thank Elon Musk for all he does to help protect our fundamental human rights, especially our freedom of expression.” Flynn wrote in his first tweet after his account was reinstated. “And thank you for letting me back on Twitter. Thank you to everyone who gave their strong support to bring me back!”
Trump appointed Flynn, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, to serve as his adviser shortly after assuming the presidency in January 2017. However, Flynn resigned less than a month later after being accused of misleading officials during a phone conversation he had with Sergey Kislyak. At the time the Russian ambassador to the US. The controversy arose amid wider allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to win the election. Trump strongly denied this and accused the Democrats of doing so “witch hunt.”
In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his phone call with Kislyak. He later retracted his guilty plea and accused the government of framing him. The Justice Department finally dropped charges against Flynn in 2020, and Trump pardoned him for any wrongdoing the same year.
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