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Federal Judge May Decide To Void Trump’s Pardon Of Michael Flynn – Here’s How

While Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn with the belief that his action would clear Flynn of all possible criminal charges or penalties, the case may not turn out the way the president expected.

A former federal prosecutor pointed out Wednesday that Flynn’s pardon could be voided by the judge who oversaw his, case.

Glenn Kirschner sent out this tweet explaining the rationale for his thinking:

Later in the evening, Kirschner added this:

That’s right: A pardon can be illegal and challenged in court, as civil rights attorney Andrew Laufer noted when he concurred with Kirschner:

U.S. presidents do indeed have almost unfettered power when it comes to pardons. But that power is not absolute, especially if the pardon was granted to cover up another crime that was committed by the president, i.e. conspiring with Russia.

For now, Trump and Flynn may think they’re in the clear. But it might not be that cut and dried. Let’s wait and see how Judge Sullivan reacts to what transpired on Wednesday. A week or two from now, Michael Flynn could still be a convicted felon and Donald Trump could be facing non-pardonable offenses in New York and other states.

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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