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Opinion: We shouldn't be surprised that Trump pardoned Flynn. But we can still be disgusted

November 26, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Elliot Williams writes that the exercise of his pardon power exposes, perhaps more than any official action Trump has taken, his tragic failures as a leader. "In a way, his embrace of the pardon power is emblematic of his presidency. Of course he would cling to one of his few powers that doesn't require anyone else's input and isn't subject to review. Someone so tragically out of his depth for his job likely couldn't function another way," he writes.

(CNN)President Donald Trump can meddle with the criminal justice system, but he can't do that to history.

Of course, given the President's use of the pardon power on conservative causes célèbre like Dinesh D'Souza (the conservative author and filmmaker who pleaded guilty to violating federal campaign finance laws) and a former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio (found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order in a racial profiling case), as well as his apparent recent "obsession" with the power, and his years of negative statements about the investigations that led to Flynn's plea, no one should be shocked about the his decision to pardon Flynn.

In a way, his embrace of the pardon power is emblematic of his presidency.

The Flynn pardon settles a score that may comfort the President and his allies; it won't rewrite the history on the President's historic mismanagement of the defining issue of his time.

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