President Donald Trump has pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted, “Very good use of the pardon power by President DonaldTrump. General Flynn was not a Russian agent. Instead, he was the victim of a politically motivated investigation and prosecution where the ends justified the means. I hope General Flynn can now move forward with his life. Well done President Trump!”
Very good use of the pardon power by President @realDonaldTrump.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 25, 2020
General Flynn was NOT a Russian agent.
Instead, he was the victim of a politically motivated investigation and prosecution where the ends justified the means. https://t.co/DVi5GbzXFu
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had a different perspective, tweeting, “President Trump’s pardoning of Michael Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his dealings with a foreign adversary, is an act of grave corruption and a brazen abuse of power. In the new Congress, we will work to pass House & Senate Democrats‘ Protecting Our Democracy Act, which prevents any president from abusing the pardon power.”
The General shared his thoughts with a simple Scripture reference — Jeremiah 1:19 — which says:
“They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”
Jeremiah 1:19 ??— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) November 25, 2020
Although he swore he did not lie intentionally, General Flynn plead guilty twice to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to Trump’s inauguration. Why the plea? He made a deal with the government in order to protect his son from potential criminal prosecution.
However, the prosecution came under scrutiny after the release of FBI documents that suggested a plot to get him to lie. One of the FBI’s notes said:
“What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”
The White House statement said:
Flynn “should never have been prosecuted” and that the pardon ends “the relentless, partisan pursuit of an innocent man.”
“While today’s action sets right an injustice against an innocent man and an American hero, it should also serve as a reminder to all of us that we must remain vigilant over those in whom we place our trust and confidence,”
Commentary in the Wall Street Journal opined:
“President Trump’s decision Wednesday to pardon former national security adviser Michael Flynn is an overdue act of justice that ends four years of political harassment, unjustified prosecution and judicial abuse.”
“Trump’s pardon for his onetime national security adviser rights a grievous wrong.”
“The Flynn pardon was necessary — to correct a corrupt Federal Bureau of Investigation, a rogue special counsel, an unprincipled federal judge, and an embarrassingly complicit media.”
“In a better world, the case would have been dismissed with prejudice, an on-the-record censure of appalling FBI and DOJ behavior. But that’s why the judge refused to do it.. It would have been too embarrassing, too galling for the haters.”
Credible speculation abounds that President Trump will be pardoning many more people before his first term as President concludes on 20 January next year.
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