President Donald Trump once again outraged his most vocal critics this week through the exercise of his power to issue pardons.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was among those who flipped out, denouncing the president’s Wednesday pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as a “brazen abuse of power,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“Must be held accountable”
Pelosi’s diatribe came in the form of a statement released by her office on Wednesday.
“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,” she declared, as the Examiner reported.
The House speaker went on to allege that “Flynn’s actions constituted a serious and dangerous breach of our national security” and that he “must be held accountable.”
Instead, she lamented her perception that “Trump and his team continue to put the president over country, as they politicize justice to shield Flynn and Trump from the law.”
Of course, information released from the FBI probe into allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 Trump campaign included evidence suggesting Flynn was being improperly targeted by federal investigators. In fact, internal communications suggested that agents interviewed Flynn with the intent of trapping him in a lie.
“100% the right call”
Nevertheless, Pelosi interpreted Trump’s decision to pardon Flynn as proof that he is “again using the pardon power to protect those who lie to cover up his wrongdoing.”
Furthermore, she accused him of using his “final days in office to undermine the rule of law in the wake of his failed presidency,” as the Examiner noted.
Pelosi concluded by urging fellow lawmakers to support the Protecting Our Democracy Act in the upcoming congressional session. The proposed legislation “would require the Department of Justice and White House to provide materials to Congress concerning any self-serving presidential pardon or commutation in cases involving the president or his relatives,” according to the Examiner.
Plenty of Republicans, on the other hand, came forward to express their support of the president’s pardon.
Calling it “100% the right call,” Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said that Flynn “shouldn’t have ever been targeted like this in the first place,” according to The Hill.