Update outrage over abuse of power – Trump pardons ex-security advisor Flynn – – today


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Trump’s former security advisor Flynn first pleaded guilty to lying to the US Federal Police FBI in the Russia affair, and later he wants to withdraw his testimony. Now the US president has announced a “full pardon” for Flynn. US President Donald Trump has pardoned his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. “It is my great honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has received a full pardon,” Trump wrote on Twitter. The retired general was involved in the Russia affair about possible electoral influence from Russia. Trump could pardon other people before the end of his term on January 20. In his tweet, Trump congratulated Flynn and his family and wrote this Thursday, with a view to the upcoming holiday, “I know you are going to have a really fantastic Thanksgiving!”

Flynn had only served as National Security Advisor for just over three weeks in 2017. He later admitted in the course of the investigation into possible Russian influence on the US presidential election in 2016 that he had lied to the FBI Federal Police. He is also said to have lied to Vice President Mike Pence on the matter. Flynn was the only one to plead guilty to FBI special investigator Robert Mueller’s investigations. In January, Flynn filed a motion to withdraw his confession just before a verdict was expected in his trial. In May, the Ministry of Justice called for an end to the proceedings in a highly unusual step. One was not convinced that the hearing of Flynn in January 2017 was based on a legitimate investigation, it said, among other things. Trump then hailed Flynn as a “hero”. The case was stuck in a federal court after the controversial advance of the Ministry of Justice. The judge responsible there had not agreed to drop the allegations against Flynn.

Flynn feels treated unfairly

Trump has long considered pardoning his confidante. In March he announced that he was considering a “full pardon”. In Trump’s view, Flynn has been treated unfairly by the judiciary and the FBI. Trump repeatedly complained that Flynn was being prosecuted by the judiciary. “You accused Flynn of lying and he didn’t lie,” Trump said in an interview around October. Prior to the November presidential election, the issue of the Flynn legal battle, which Republicans used to incite their grassroots against an alleged establishment conspiracy, had become the subject of discussion. Critics should see Flynn’s pardon as further evidence of their allegation that Trump is using his office to protect friends and partners from prosecution. House spokeswoman Democrat Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of abuse of power for the benefit of a convicted criminal: “Flynn’s actions have represented a serious and dangerous violation of our national security.” The pardon is further evidence that Trump does not respect the rule of law. US House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff wrote on Twitter: “Donald Trump has repeatedly abused his pardon to reward friends and protect those who have covered him.”

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