House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and other Democrats yelled on Wednesday, Nov. 25, after President Donald Trump granted a pardon to the former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
In a statement issued after the pardon was announced on eve of Thanksgiving Day, Pelosi exaggerated Flynn’s guilt and claimed that President Trump’s use of his pardon power is an abuse of power.
“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,” she wrote.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during President Trump’s transition period in 2016, but he sought to withdraw that plea before sentencing in January 2017, arguing he was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct and “innocent of this crime.” The Department of Justice decided to drop the case against Flynn in May.
But in her statement, Pelosi argued, “Flynn’s actions constituted a serious and dangerous breach of our national security. He must be held accountable.”
Pelosi accused President Trump and his team of continuing to “put the president over country, as they politicize justice to shield Flynn and Trump from the law.”
Pelosi used the statement to explicitly hint that President Trump failed the presidential election, like the way the biased news media reported, even as the final vote counting outcome remains unclear.
“Sadly, this pardon is further proof that Trump plans to use his final days in office to undermine the rule of law in the wake of his failed presidency,” she wrote.
Echoing Pelosi, Schiff also reacted to the president’s pardon by pushing the now-debunked Russian collusion conspiracy theory.
“Donald Trump has repeatedly abused the pardon power to reward friends and protect those who covered up for him,” Schiff tweeted. “This time he pardons Michael Flynn, who lied to hide his dealings with the Russians. It’s no surprise that Trump would go out as he came in—Crooked to the end.”
Donald Trump has repeatedly abused the pardon power to reward friends and protect those who covered up for him.
This time he pardons Michael Flynn, who lied to hide his dealings with the Russians.
It’s no surprise that Trump would go out as he came in —
Crooked to the end.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 25, 2020
Some other Democrats also cried at the pardon, with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) saying Flynn “gets special treatment no ordinary person gets,” and Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) described it as an act of extreme corruption.
Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) praised President Trump’s decision, hoping that “General Flynn can now move forward with his life.”
I hope General Flynn can now move forward with his life.
Well done President Trump!
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 25, 2020
Attorney Sidney Powell, who leads Flynn’s lawyers, said that President Trump would not have had to have used the pardon if the Justice Department had worked properly.