(ConservativeUnit.com)- Count House Speaker Nancy Pelosi among the politicians who don’t agree with President Donald Trump’s decision to issue a full pardon to his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Following the president’s announcement, Pelosi issued a statement that not only condemned Trump and Flynn, but attacked them both. Her statement read:
“President Trump’s pardoning of Michael Flynn, who twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his dealings with a foreign adversary, is an act of grave corruption and a brazen abuse of power. Trump is again using the pardon power to protect those who lie to cover up his wrongdoing, just as he did when he commuted the sentence of campaign advisor Roger Stone, who was convicted on seven felony counts.
“Flynn’s actions constituted a serious and dangerous breach of our national security. He must be held accountable. Yet Trump and his team continue to put the president over country, as they politicize justice to shield Flynn and Trump from the law.
“Sadly, this pardon is further proof that Trump plans to use his final days in office to undermine the rule of law in the wake of his failed presidency. In the new Congress, it is imperative that we pass House and Senate Democrats’ Protecting Our Democracy Act, which prevents any president from abusing the pardon power.”
The act that Pelosi mentioned in her statement was introduced in late September, though it has not passed yet. It would institute a number of changes to the president’s current power of pardon and commutation. These include:
- Requiring the White House and Department of Justice to provide Congress with materials relating to any pardon or commutation considered “self-serving” to the president because it involves relatives, obstruction of Congress or contempt of Congress
- Clarifies that both the president and vice president are public officials
- States that pardons are “things of value for purposes of the federal bribery statute”
- Prohibits presidents from pardoning themselves
Perhaps most pertinent to President Trump, the act would do away with the statute of limitations for federal offenses that were committed by a sitting vice president or president. It would no longer matter whether the offense was committed before, during or after the term in office.
Essentially, it would remove potential shields of being in office for criminal conduct.
This could potentially affect Trump, as many liberals are threatening legal action against the president once he leaves office — whether that be in January 2021 or four years from then.
In the meantime, Trump retains the full and exclusive power to pardon whoever he wants without questioning or objection from anyone else in government. This power given to the president has been around for quite some time, and has been utilized by many presidents from all parties at all times.
Whether another politician likes it or not, President Trump has every right to pardon whoever he wants to, for whatever reason he wants to. Nancy Pelosi can say whatever she wants about Trump’s decision to pardon Flynn (or anyone else), but can’t do anything about it.