US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he had pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, accused of lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. was quickly denounced by the Democrats.
The Axios site, first, followed by other media outlets, reported on Tuesday that President Trump was considering doing so, but the move was long predictable. Donald Trump himself raised this possibility.
He made the announcement in a tweet, claiming it was a
great honor to communicate this decision which would allow his former collaborator and his family to spend a Thanksgiving
His decision brings the final point to one of the most important causes that have arisen from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination between Moscow and the Trump camp.
The elected Democrats were quick to criticize the gesture of the outgoing president, the President of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, going so far as to denounce
a serious act of corruption and a shameless abuse of power.
That Trump grants his presidential pardon does not erase the truth, underlined the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, recalling that Michael Flynn had himself admitted his guilt twice.
Donald Trump has repeatedly abused the power of grace to reward his friends and protect those who covered him up, he also denounced.
It's no surprise that Trump is leaving as he arrived – corrupt to the end.
This grace is undeserved and immoral. She further taints President Trump's rapidly fading legacy, for his part estimated the president of the Judicial Committee of the House of Representatives, Jerry Nadler.
In a statement, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany argued that this
put an end to the partisan and relentless pursuit of an innocent man.
On Twitter, Michael Flynn referred to passages from the Bible, one of which said:
They will wage war on you, but they will not defeat you, for I am with you to deliver you.
In a statement, her family celebrated a victory for the Constitution, condemning what she called the
vicious and deeply entrenched corruption of government institutions and the
vengeful individuals who wanted
destroy Michael Flynn and our country in a shameful disregard for justice and the rule of law.
The American media expect this presidential pardon to be the first in a long series before Donald Trump leaves the White House in about fifty days.
Michael Flynn is not the first collaborator of Donald Trump to benefit from his leniency, after being accused in the Russian case.
Last July, the president commuted the sentence of his former adviser Roger Stone, sentenced to 40 months in prison for attempting to derail Congressional and FBI investigations into links between Moscow and the candidate's presidential campaign team. republican.
A long judicial saga
Accused of having lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kisliak, shortly before President Trump took office, Michael Flynn had twice admitted his guilt: once in December 2017 in federal court, then the following year, in a failed sentencing hearing.
During the investigation into Russia, he had agreed to collaborate with the FBI, and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller had sought no jail time for the former aide to the President, citing his
considerable help in the investigation.
But Michael Flynn later retracted after hiring new lawyers, who presented him as the victim of a partisan plot. Among his new lawyers was Sidney Powell, one of the members of the Trump campaign's judicial team linked to the legal challenges of the 2020 presidential election, but with whom the president's camp was forced to distance themselves.
Michael Flynn argued that FBI prosecutors violated his rights, fabricated the charges against him and concealed evidence, and coerced him into signing a guilty plea.
In May 2020, in an exceptional gesture, the Justice Department led by William Barr dropped the perjury charges against him, an extremely unusual step when a defendant has already admitted his guilt.
The judge in charge of the case had however stressed that Michael Flynn had committed a
very serious crime, for which he risked a five-year prison sentence.
He had yet to rule on the Justice Department's request, which itself was the subject of a court battle.
Even though his former adviser had initially admitted his guilt, Donald Trump had defended a
innocent man and slaughtered the prosecutors.
President Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn was fired barely three weeks after taking office because he lied to the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Moscow.
The level of trust between President Trump and General Flynn eroded to a point where he felt he had to make a change, then explained the spokesperson for the White House at the time, Sean Spicer.
President Trump had for his part said in a tweet to show him the door, while shouting the injustice.
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He admitted his guilt.
It's a shame, because his actions during the transition were legal. There was nothing to hide! he added.