Pardon for Michael Flynn under discussion at the White House
November 25, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
The White House has discussed a possible pardon for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, three sources told CNN on Tuesday.
(CNN)The White House has discussed a possible pardon for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, three sources told CNN on Tuesday.
However, those sources cautioned that Trump could change his mind about making such a move.
There have been discussions about pardoning multiple people in the President's orbit, the sources told CNN.
A possible pardon for Flynn would be the latest instance of the President using his expansive pardon power for a high-profile ally.
To date, Trump's record on presidential pardons has been marked by personal connections, showmanship and an aversion to going through official government channels.
Beneficiaries have won clemency by getting their requests to Trump through friends, Fox News personalities or Hollywood celebrities who talk to the President.
Trump has also granted pardons at the urging of Kim Kardashian West, who made her case in the Oval Office.
Flynn's tenure at the White House lasted just a few weeks -- he resigned after getting caught in a public lie about his Russian contacts.
He's also become an emblem of Trump's persistent efforts to undermine the Russia investigation and a conduit for testing the separation of powers between judges and prosecutors.
The Justice Department has argued Flynn never should have been questioned by the FBI in January 2017 and put in the position where he lied.