Of the more predictable actions expected from President Donald Trump following the controversial 2020 election, his Thanksgiving eve pardon of former national security adviser Michael Flynn was at the top of the list.
Flynn found himself caught up in the Democrats’ nefarious game of targeting Trump, which started before he was ever elected to office and continued after he won in 2016, effectively being set up by the FBI under disgraced former director James Comey. But the mistreatment didn’t stop there, as a rogue activist judge tried to maneuver around the Justice Department’s eventual decision to drop charges against Flynn.
As for lists, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, offered a shortlist of other names Trump should take under consideration for pardons, more specifically Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.
Brave whistleblowers exposing lies & illegal actions in our government must be protected.
Join me and urge Congress: Pass my bipartisan legislation (HRes1162, HRes1175, HR8452) calling for charges against @snowden & Assange to be dropped & to reform the Espionage Act.#PassItOn pic.twitter.com/x4Oieu1YgH
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) October 6, 2020
“Since you’re giving pardons to people, please consider pardoning those who, at great personal sacrifice, exposed the deception and criminality of those in the deep state,” the outgoing lawmaker tweeted.
Gabbard offers the list while linking to a video she posted in early October calling for support for legislation she was proposing that would protect whistleblowers, reform the Espionage Act, and drop charges against Assange and Snowden.
Assange is in prison in the United Kingdom and Snowden has been living in exile in Russia since 2013.
In an interview this week with Glenn Greenwald, Snowden warned that the “war on whistleblowers,” which he said started under former President George W. Bush, had escalated under former President Barack Obama and continued under Trump.
He also said it’s sure to continue under a potential Biden administration.
“This is not a partisan issue; these people are backers of Obama,” Snowden said. “And we know about the things that have happened under the Trump administration. But when you look at this as a trend, as a dynamic, what you see is the criminalization of journalism.”
Snowden referenced Assange, saying WikiLeaks was “the greatest act of journalism that he ever did.”
There’s plenty of speculation over who else Trump may pardon, to include possibly himself — in July, he commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is a serving a seven-year plus sentence on various federal bank and tax fraud charges, is seen as a possibility, as is George Papadopoulos, who serves as a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.
“It was never discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table,” Trump said at the time of a potential Manafort pardon. “Why would I take it off the table?”
These figures were swept up in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the hoax known as Russian collusion.
While the president has not been charged with any crimes, he has suggested that he has the right to pardon himself, as seen in a 2018 tweet:
Given that the radical Democratic Party effectively attempted a silent coup with the Russian collusion probe, following that failed effort with a sham impeachment, this cabal has already proven they don’t need an actual crime to come after Trump.
The far-left faction of the party consumed with hatred of Trump is not talking about going the president and his family if Biden is instilled as the next president.
Trump is already facing a criminal probe of his business activities by Manhattan Attorney General Cyrus Vance and a civil investigation by New York state Attorney General Letitia James, both of which draw in daughter Ivanka Trump.
Aside from the president’s Supreme Court picks, a self-pardon may very well be the smartest thing he could do because they are coming, should his legal challenges to the election outcome fall short.
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