Trump reportedly mulling pardon for Michael Flynn


In this file photo from Dec. 18, 2018, former national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves after the delay in his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington.


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President Donald Trump is considering a pardon for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to multiple reports Tuesday night.

Axios first reported that Trump has told aides he plans to pardon Flynn, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI. CNN later reported that a Flynn pardon was under consideration, but not yet decided.

Flynn’s sentencing has been hung up for two years, after Flynn cooperated with Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Flynn later replaced his legal team, who moved to have his guilty plea withdrawn. The Justice Department moved in May to drop the charges against Flynn, but a legal fight ended in August with a judge refusing to immediately drop the charges. His case has been in legal limbo since.

With less than two months left in Trump’s term, speculation has been rampant that he will pardon political allies who have been convicted of federal crimes, such as Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos, or even issue preemptive pardons for family members or himself, though the legality of such moves — especially for himself — is questionable.

Also, while Trump can issue pardons for federal crimes, he cannot do so for state crimes. The New York attorney general and Manhattan district attorney reportedly have parallel civil and criminal investigations into Trump over potential tax fraud.



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More Torture for Michael Flynn


One test of a judicial ruling in a controversial case is whether it would have come out the same way if the defendant’s name were John Doe. On that measure, among others, it’s hard to credit as legally justified Monday’s appellate court ruling against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In an en banc appeal, the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a writ of mandamus issued by a court panel on behalf of Mr. Flynn. The writ had ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to grant the Justice Department’s request to dismiss…



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Protesters and Bernard Collaery’s lawyer Christopher Flynn outside court



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June 26, 2020 16:04:46

Protesters and Bernard Collaery’s lawyer Christopher Flynn outside court after a ruling that part of Mr Collaery’s trial will be held in secret for national security reasons.

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US Court dismisses charges against former Trump advisor General Flynn



A Federal Court in the United States has ordered a reduced courtroom judge to dismiss charges against former Trump official General Michael Flynn.

The United States appeals court docket dominated two judges to just one, forcing Choose Emmitt Sullivan to dismiss the case.

Mr Flynn beforehand pleaded responsible to lying to the FBI about phone conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States in the months lead up to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President.

The Justice Division asked for costs of lying to the FBI to be dismissed.

Donald Trump has prolonged claimed his just one-time Nationwide Safety Adviser was the sufferer of a witch hunt.

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Dropping Flynn Case ‘Puts Us Back in the Category of Almost an Emerging Democracy’



On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) reacted to the dropping of charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn by stating the move “really puts us back in the category of almost an emerging democracy, where the rule of law is not yet firmly established, where prosecutorial decisions are made on the basis of politics.”

Schiff said, “I think we lost 50 years’ worth of ground in solidifying the independence of the Justice Department after Watergate. This really puts us back in the category of almost an emerging democracy, where the rule of law is not yet firmly established, where prosecutorial decisions are made on the basis of politics. Here, Bill Barr, once again, doing the political dirty work for the president in making a case go away that the president tried to get Jim Comey to make go away and then fired him when he wouldn’t, tried to get Jeff Sessions to make go away and he wouldn’t.”

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President Trump: I would certainly consider bringing Flynn back into White House


Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal courthouse in Washington, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, following a status hearing. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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General Michael Flynn may be welcomed back to the White House. President Trump said Thursday he would certainly consider bringing Flynn back into his administration.

Flynn served as the president’s first national security adviser. He later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation. However, the president said he expects Flynn will now be exonerated.

“But I think he’ll be fully exonerated one way or the other,” he stated. “And so certainly he’d be capable of coming back, he suffered greatly.”

President Trump was also asked if he would pardon Flynn. He said he doesn’t think he will need to because he believes an exoneration is imminent.

One America’s Salina Arredondo has the latest regarding evidence in the case surrounding Flynn.

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Donald Trump Predicts ‘Total Exoneration’ for Michael Flynn



President Donald Trump predicted Thursday at the White House that General Michael Flynn will be exonerated after reports detailed FBI notes showing that agents were trying to trick him into lying to them in an interview.

“He’s in the process of being exonerated if you look at those notes from yesterday. That was total exoneration,” Trump said. “These were dirty, filthy cops at the top of the FBI.”

Trump said newly released FBI documents from Flynn’s case helped proved his innocence.

“Look at what they did to the guy. He couldn’t have known too much what was happening. They came at him with 15 buses, and he’s standing in the middle of the highway,” Trump said.

CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Trump about Flynn during a White House Oval Office meeting with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. That prompted the president to demand that CNN not only “apologize” for tormenting the general, but also cover the new documents fairly.

“Jim, what they did to him is terrible, and I hope that CNN’s going to give him a fair shake and cover it,” Trump said.

Trump praised Flynn’s years of service to the country in the United States military.

“You don’t get to be where he is by being bad; that, I can tell you,” he said.

When asked if he regretted firing Flynn, Trump said he wished he would have had the information about the FBI trying to force him to lie.

“What they did to Gen. Flynn and others was a disgrace,” he said.

Trump said he had read that even more documents will come out proving Flynn’s innocence, but he had already seen enough.

“He’s essentially exonerated. Now, that’s not official yet, but when you read the notes, how could you do anything else?” Trump asked.



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