In a surprise to no one, Donald Trump said on Sunday he is “considering a full pardon” for his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Flynn admitted he lied to the FBI in December 2017 about his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the United States, in the weeks before Trump took office.
NBC News reports the Justice Department reversed its original position in January and recommended that Flynn be sentenced to up to six months in prison. Attorneys for Flynn then filed papers to withdraw his guilty plea claiming federal prosecutors violated his rights and tricked him into pleading guilty.
Referencing an unspecified report that the Justice Department had “lost” records pertaining to Flynn, Trump tweeted, “I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!”
So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has “lost” the records of General Michael Flynn. How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2020
🔹️"[Flynn secretly working for Turkey] undermines everything this flag over here stands for."
🔹️"This crime [18 U.S.C. § 1001] is very serious. I can’t hide my disgust—my disdain—at this criminal offense."
🔹️"I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!"
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 15, 2020
Pardon Flynn? The only way to cleanse our country from the filth and stench of his Criminality is to beat him by a landslide in Nov. then prosecute him so he can join the rest of his mob family behind bars.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) March 15, 2020
Trump literally destroyed the lives of the Central Park 5 by falsely accusing them of rape and paying the New York Times to publicly call for their brutal executions. They spent years in jail for a crime they never committed.
They never got a pardon.
But they got exonerated.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 15, 2020