Throughout his first term, President Donald Trump has angered Democrats at every turn by exercising the powers he holds as commander in chief. And he’s not changing things now.
According to Fox News, the president’s recent pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and many of the president’s other ardent detractors into a total meltdown.
“Should never happen”
“The President has pardoned General Flynn because he should never have been prosecuted,” read a White House statement posted by Flynn to Twitter on Thursday.
“An independent review of General Flynn’s case by the Department of Justice — conducted by respected career professionals — supports this conclusion,” the statement continued.
This “Pardon of Innocence” is historic, sincerely appreciated & should never happen in our country again. I will issue a personal statement later today. My family issued one yesterday.
Thank you America 🇺🇸
Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 😀🇺🇸
1 Chronicles 16:32–34 💪🙏 pic.twitter.com/6TIN2eh3JE
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) November 26, 2020
Echoing Flynn’s own remarks, the White House asserted that he “should not require a pardon,” declaring him an “innocent man” and wishing him and his family a happy Thanksgiving.
Although Trump’s former national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying about Russian connections in statements to federal investigators, critics of the underlying FBI probe into Trump’s 2016 campaign believe Flynn was unfairly targeted.
“An act of grave corruption”
“President Trump’s pardoning of Michael Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his dealings with a foreign adversary, is an act of grave corruption and a brazen abuse of power,” she claimed, according to Fox.
Pelosi went on to complain that the president is “again using the pardon power to protect those who lie to cover up his wrongdoing.”
Others in her party joined in the condemnation of Trump’s action, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who tweeted: “Donald Trump has repeatedly abused the pardon power to reward friends and protect those who covered for him.”
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee also railed that it is “no surprise that Trump would go out as he came in — crooked to the end.” Of course, it’s also no surprise to see Schiff blasting the president — now, the only question is: what will Schiff and his fellow Dems do with all their time when Trump is no longer in the White House?