August 11, 2022

Trump considers pardoning Michael Flynn, national security advisor who pled guilty in Russia probe

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For once Donald Trump has used quotation marks properly in one of his tweets.


Unfortunately, the context of that he used them in was in highlighting the flimsiness of his excuse for “strongly considering a Full Pardon” for General Michael Flynn, his first National Security Advisor who has been trying to reverse his guilty plea after confessing to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Russian diplomats during the transition to the Trump presidency.

Yes, the quotation marks around “lost” indicate that the supposedly missing records connected to the case are a complete mischaracterization of the legal dispute over FBI notes made while interviewing Flynn and compiling a report on his activities initiated by Flynn’s new legal team and that the president likely sourced from Fox News who have been pushing this deep state conspiracy theory.

Besides being another example of Trump focusing on politics and interfering in the normal course of justice to try to exonerate his 2016 campaign from the taint of Russian assistance in his election —interference that has been confirmed by every major US intelligence agency — Trump’s foreshadowing of yet another pardon of a corrupt associate after a spew of controversial pardons that include a NAVY Seal accused of war crimes and politically connected figures who have been convicted of many of the same types of crimes that the president himself has been accused of — former Arizona Sherrif Joe Arpaio (obstruction of justice), former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik (tax evasion), former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (abuse of power and corruption), among others — adds insult to injury at a time when the nation expects the president’s full attention to be on the government response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump fired America’s pandemic response team. Demand he reassemble it to confront the coronavirus pandemic immediately!

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Twitter denizens responded to his tweet with amazement and derision.

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Now that Trump is at least using quotation marks to correctly delineate his weasel words, it’s time to start using those same quotes when using the title of “president” before his name to emphasize the ersatz nature of the job that he is doing in the role.

Even better, let’s remove the quotes around “president” and append the prefix “ex” in front of the title as soon as humanly possible.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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