In a pardon of a “crime” that was never committed, President Donald Trump let his former national security adviser Michael Flynn completely off the hook on Wednesday, putting an end to one of the most disturbing episodes in Justice Department history. This case should have been over in the spring when Attorney General William Barr instructed his prosecutors to drop the flimsy, made-up, witch hunt of a case. But because Flynn had the misfortune of drawing Judge Emmet Sullivan, he was forced to endure further prosecution – not at the whims of the federal government, but at the whim of this judge.
“It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!” Trump tweeted.
In an effort to keep the Justice Department from going after his family, Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI in December 2017. However, he later withdrew that plea under the advice of new counsel, setting the stage for a prosecution that was based less in law and more in the Deep State’s resistance to Trump.
“It’s on the question of materiality that we feel really that a crime cannot be established here because there was not, in our view, a legitimate investigation going on,” Barr said in May. “They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage, based on a perfectly legitimate and appropriate call he made as a member of the transition.”
That didn’t fly with Judge Sullivan, however, who refused to dismiss the case.
In a statement on Thursday, Flynn tweeted his appreciation of the president’s move.
“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,” Flynn said. “Thank you America. Happy Thanksgiving.”
Flynn’s family, in their own statement, was unapologetically angry that things had to come to this.
“For four long years, our family and millions of American patriots stood arm-in-arm together with our brother, General Michael T. Flynn, fighting the vicious, deep-rooted corruption of government institutions and vengeful individuals intent on destroying General Flynn and our country in shameful defiance of justice and the Rule of Law,” they wrote. “Those individuals have disgraced the United States of America. The perpetuation of this political persecution of General Flynn was further fermented by Judge Emmet Sullivan’s refusal to dismiss the fraudulent prosecution. Judge Sullivan’s inactions are a reprehensible assault against the Constitution and will live in infamy the world over and is his legacy.”
With just a few changes, this statement could serve as a condemnation of virtually everything the Democrats have done over the last four years. How anyone could have looked at this record of “resistance” and thought, yeah, let’s put THOSE guys in charge…it’s just beyond us.