With less than two months left in the White House and the transition to Joe Biden already under way, Donald Trump plans to apologize for convicted criminal Michael Flynn.
According to Axios, "President Trump has told confidants that he plans to apologize to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts. Two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions reported to Axios. "
As the report notes, Trump's possible decision to let Flynn skate would "be the culmination of a four-year political and legal saga that began with the FBI's investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 election. "
Jonathan Swan said Trump's Flynn pardon would be just one of several pardons the outgoing president will issue before leaving office on January 20, 2021.
Flynn is part of a series of pardons POTUS is planning through January 20th. Https://t.co/vm2H4jcOtQ
– Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) November 25, 2020
Reminder: Michael Flynn admitted crime
While Trump may want to forgive his crooked friend before his time is up, it's important to remember that Michael Flynn confessed to crimes.
Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty. He admitted several times in court that he lied to the FBI. There is no legitimate justification for a pardon other than the fact that Trump wants to undermine the Russia investigation that has plagued so much of his administration.
Of course, all of this is happening amid a raging public health crisis and a dwindling economy that Trump continues to ignore.
Over the next two months, Donald Trump will be wasting his days golfing, spitting out lies about an election he lost crucially, and pardoning as many of his criminal friends as possible.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.