Just minutes before the market closed on the day before Thanksgiving (typically one of the slowest, lowest-volume days of the year) John Solomon reported that President Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, the man who briefly served as his national security advisor before being taken down (and then charged and convicted of lying to investigators) in an effort that some have described as a deep state-backed setup.
Trump just confirmed the reports, published minutes ago by John Solomon and Just the News, in a tweet.
It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2020
Flynn was granted a full pardon by the president, who also commuted the sentence of former advisor Roger Stone back in July.
Already, Trump’s partisan opponents – including House Intelligence Committee head Adam Schiff, a longtime Trump critic – are lashing out at the president over the decision.
“Well, it would send a message that at least as far as President Trump is concerned, if you lie on his behalf, if you cover up for him, he will reward you, he will protect you, but only if he thinks it’s in his interest.”
“There are others that lied for him that he’s not going to extend that kind of service to,” Schiff added. “But it just frankly reflects so ill on our democracy, on the United States. Imagine what people around the world think when we have a president who’s acting like an organized crime figure.”
It’s a safe bet that somebody – probably James Comey – will compare Trump to a mafia boss, especially since Flynn’s pardon follows Trump’s rant during a hearing in PA today where Trump egged on Rudy Giuliani and the others who are trying to overturn PA’s presidential election result. A judge handed them a major court victory earlier.
Though Flynn pleaded guilty three years ago, his sentencing hadn’t yet been handed down as his legal team worked to dismiss the case, something that has become a cause celebre among conservatives.