“Any and All Possible Crimes”: Trump Grace Gives Flynn a Comprehensive Deferral


Trump’s grace relieves Flynn of “all possible crimes” arising from Mueller’s investigation and the large jury stages associated with it. The pardon uses comprehensive language, immunizing Flynn from “allegations based on facts and circumstances that are“ based on facts and circumstances known, identified, or in any way related by the Special Counsel ”.

Some legal experts have called Trump’s move perhaps the most widespread act of grace since President Gerald Ford granted pardon to Richard Nixon in 1974.

“Graces are usually directed at specific convictions, or at least specific charges,” said Margy Love, a grace lawyer for President George HW Bush and President Bill Clinton, who is currently the head of the Collateral Consequences Resource Center. “I’m just thinking of another grace that is as broad as this, that covers the same behavior that has not yet been accused and that President Ford has given to Richard Nixon.”

“In fact, you can say that this grace is even broader than the Nixon grace, which he concluded strictly during his presidency,” Love said. “By contrast, the grace given to Flynn extends before conduct. Trump’s election to the presidency and has nothing to do with the president’s service before or after the election.

Even the Iranian-Contra pardon offered by Bush in the broadest sense was “limited to conduct in the service of the presidency,” Love said.

Flynn’s pardon seems to rule out a number of other charges to which he critics say he may even be open, even if he closes the charge of the false statement he pleaded guilty in December 2017. The head of the Defense Intelligence Agency was still awaiting a verdict on the charge when Trump issued a pardon last week.

According to some legal experts, factual contradictions can be launched against Flynn as part of what was told to the judges in 2017 and 2018 and later in a statement filed with the court to drop the guilty plea. In a submission to the Department of Justice, he stressed that he sees Trump’s pardon as every possible “criminal contempt” he could have thought of based on Sullivan Flynn’s reversal.

“Accordingly, the President’s pardon, accepted by General Flynn, belies this case,” Prosecutor Jocelyn Ballantine wrote.

Questions have also been raised as to whether inconsistencies in the statements made by the Grand Jury at the time of its appearance should give rise to criminal liability.

In 2016, in addition to a number of possible allegations related to his work for Turkish interests, as Trump’s chief campaign advisor.

Flynn’s lobbying company registered to work on behalf of a Dutch-based company, but prosecutors say the Turkish governor was the real client, or at least exercised some control over the project, which paid $ 600,000 for Flynn’s consulting practice in the presidential competition. .

The statement adopted by Flynn in connection with the indictment of the culprit suggests that he is aware that certain facts relating to the work submitted to the Department of Justice were inaccurate. But Flynn later claimed that he simply did not examine the submissions as thoroughly as he should have, and that the inaccuracies were the responsibility of the lawyers.

According to some legal precedents, a pardon can only be valid if the addressees agree with them, but a submission from the Department of Justice also considers this point, saying, “General Flynn has accepted the President’s pardon.”