Former national security advisor Mike Flynn said that he faced 'political persecution of the highest order' prior to his pardon from President Trump.
One week after he was pardoned, Flynn addressed his freedom and persecution during Fox News' 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' on Thursday.
Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts during the Trump administration's transition, described a faulty justice system at play.
'As my family and I, particularly my wife and I talked about it and honestly prayed over it, we came to the conclusion that this was the right moment in time to do this -- that the justice system that we were facing was just not going to function properly,' Flynn, 61, said.
'And it was very, very obvious that that was going to be the case.'
Michael Flynn (pictured) said he 'faced political persecution of the highest order' during the last several years after the Russian probe
The pardon appeared to put an end to Flynn's drawn-out court proceedings, in which his legal team attempted to convince District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan to drop its prosecution against him at the Justice Department's request.
Attorney Sidney Powell, who represents Flynn, had previously asked Trump not to pardon her client amid her efforts to get the case dismissed.
'So, you know, we went and made the decision that this was the direction that we wanted to go and good enough for President Donald Trump for coming through, and we’re certainly grateful to him,' said Flynn said on Fox News.
'But at the same time, we also know that this was a political persecution of the highest order and not something that any American should ever have to go through.'
Federal prosecutors at first sought leniency, but ultimately sought up to six months in jail time after Flynn asserted prosecutorial misconduct and would later seek to reverse his plea.
Flynn: 'We have a crisis in confidence in the very fabric of our country right now, and that’s our election system'
Even after Flynn's change of course, Judge Sullivan sought to probe the issue and brought on an outside advocate to make the case after the government no longer sought prosecution.
He had yet to issue a final decision on the matter.
Flynn on Thursday heaped praise onto Trump for granting his 'pardon of innocence' while placing blame for his persecution on the Obama administration.
'I think at the end of the day, people want me to say something or, you know, for years, you know, do you — are you upset with President Trump? Are you upset with the White House? And the answer is no — and the reason why [is] because this was a setup from the beginning, and it really — where accountability lies is it lies in the previous administration,' Flynn told Fox News.
Flynn took direct aim at former President Obama, who reportedly warned Trump about him during a 90-minute conversation after the 2016 election, per Politico.
'It’s interesting that the only transition conversation that President Obama had with President Trump, he only talked about two people: one was dear leader Kim Jong-Un and that other was General Mike Flynn,' he said.
'It’s laughable, but it’s also very, very serious. And I would like someone with some guts, because I’ll ask him if I ever see him, is why? Why was he so afraid, why was he so fearful and why did he mention that to Donald Trump is public enemy number one?'
According to the report, Obama and other officials believed Flynn was 'problematic' and had concerns regarding his management of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Lastly, Flynn weighed in the Trump campaign's continued attempts to reverse 2020 election results after Joe Biden was named President-elect last month.
Flynn said he's not upet with President Trump (left) and, instead, said accountability lies is it lies in the previous administration, which was the Obama administartion (right)
Flynn suggested that American elections should be decided by the people, not court systems, during his interview with Fox News
Flynn said that he's assisted in the campaign's efforts as they decry alleged widespread voter fraud. Trump's legal team has brought up lawsuits, but no court has found any evidence of illegal actions.
'We have a crisis in confidence in the very fabric of our country right now, and that’s our election system,' said Flynn.
'Last point I’ll add, Lou, is that our elections, our election process should not be decided in the courts. It should not be decided in the court system.
'It should be decided by the people of this country,' Flynn continued. 'And we have a Constitutional process. It’s a shame watching these legal battles that are going back and forth in the court system.'
Flynn finished his appearance by calling on state governors to challenge the current election standing.
Donald Trump (left) joked with retired Gen. Michael Flynn (right) as they spoke at a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction, Colorado
'The governors of these various states...they’re going to have to have the guts to say either we’re going to have a country and a fair and free election process, or not,' he said.
'And if we don’t, I am afraid to think about what people will do in the future. Because, again, we’re a constitutional republic. This is our foundation.'
His remark about the constitution comes after he suggested Trump suspend the Constitution.
Flynn blasted out an advertisement that the group We the People Convention printed in the Washington Times.
It urges Trump, who has called the election 'rigged,' to declare a 'limited form of martial law' and have the military – who reports to him directly as commander in chief – conduct the revote.
President Donald Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who received a pardon last week, blasted out an article calling on Trump to declare martial law
'When the legislators, courts and/or Congress fail to do their duty under the 12th Amendment, you must be ready Mr. President to immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law, and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections, for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a national re-vote,' according to the text, written byTom Zawistowski, who heads the Ohio Tea Party-affiliated group.
It points to President Abraham Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War as an example.
'A vote that assures a fair election in every jurisdiction and reflects the true will of the obapeople. Federal candidates only. Paper ballots. No computers. Hand-counted with both parties watching every vote. Only registered voters. Photo ID to prove residence. Conducted safely with everyone wearing masks and six feet apart, just like we did in Ohio,' he writes.
'Only then can the winning candidate be accepted as legitimate by a true majority of We the People who must give our consent to be justly governed! Unfortunately we are at a point where we can only trust our military to do this because our corrupt political class and courts have proven their inability to act fairly and within the law.'
The article by a Tea Party-affiliated group calls on the president to have the military conduct a new election
Trump continues to say the election was 'rigged'
Flynn, a retired General who was forced out as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration, added his own comment: 'Freedom never kneels except for God,' he wrote in a Tweet.
To raise alarm, the article points to 'Democrat/Socialist federal officials plotting to finish gutting the US Constitution after 100 years of trying.'
In making the case to Trump, it echoes the president's own attacks on Big Tech and the media.
'You must also act, like Lincoln did, to silence the destructive media’s one-sided propaganda designed and proven to influence the election outcome, and end the unlawful censorship of Big Tech, to restore the confidence of the American People in our electoral process or we cannot continue as a nation. Failure to do so could result in massive violence and destruction on a level not seen since the Civil War. Limited Martial Law is clearly a better option than Civil War!'
Trump himself has repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, although he told reporters in a combative weekend session he would leave the White House if the Electoral College certifies the election for Joe Biden.
'Certainly I will. But you know that,' he said.
Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
'To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,' Barr told the AP.