Donald Trump could be about to pardon convicted former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn using the COVID-19 pandemic as political cover.
President Trump said Sunday that he is considering pardoning former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The tweet from Trump came as the country is in the midst of a national emergency as officials work to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, with schools, businesses and other institutions shutting down.
“So now it is reported that, after destroying his life & the life of his wonderful family (and many others also), the FBI, working in conjunction with the Justice Department, has ‘lost’ the records of General Michael Flynn,” Trump said in a tweet. “How convenient. I am strongly considering a Full Pardon!”
It is unclear what records Trump was referencing when he alleged that the Justice Department had “lost” material related to the case.
Sidney Powell, Flynn’s attorney, has argued in court that prosecutors have failed to turn over certain documents to Flynn and his legal team that might be exculpatory, but her allegations have been disputed by prosecutors and rejected by the federal judge overseeing the case. In any case, there have been no new filings in the case in several weeks.
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. But in a stunning reversal two months ago, Flynn asked a federal judge for permission to withdraw his plea, alleging that prosecutors breached his cooperation agreement by demanding false testimony.
The judge later canceled a sentencing hearing for Flynn that had been scheduled for late last month.
Trump pardoning Flynn would be about the most corrupt act of his regime so far, and that's absolutely saying something. Doing while using COVID-19 as cover would be jaw-droppingly evil, and yet there's every indication that Trump will do it and get away with it without a scratch.
Trump is ignorant and has no empathy, but he's not stupid and he's shamelessly crafty. It would a another total win for him and he knows it.