Trump Pardons former NSA Michael Flynn

Retired General Michael Flynn’s pardon is eliciting expected responses from the left and the right. The left criticized the pardon as an attempt to protect the President while the right lauded it as vindication of a wrongfully-convicted person.


President Trump pardoned his former National Security Advisor, retired General Michael Flynn, on Wednesday afternoon. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators in relation to unfounded allegations of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • The New York Times’ reporting discussed the legal drama of DOJ’s attempt to drop the case, noting the presiding judge asked for an independent analysis of the Department’s request.
  • An opinion piece published by The Atlantic claims the Flynn pardon has more to do with Trump attempting to inoculate himself from potential prosecution than to right a wrong done to Gen. Flynn, and that the reason he, along with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, were not forthcoming was the result of being “not in the loop” on the author’s unproven allegations of contact between Trump and Russians.
  • The Washington Post Editorial Board decried the pardon, calling it a “disgrace.”




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