If President Donald Trump’s pardoning of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has caused consternation among many Democrats, which it has, then surely they must be on the verge of apoplexy after this story.
That’s because Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a self-avowed liberal democrat with an expertise in criminal and constitutional law, has just explained that Trump’s pardoning of Flynn was “absolutely right.”
Dershowitz’s reaction to the Flynn pardon came on Friday’s edition of his podcast, “The Dershow.”
“President Trump was absolutely right to pardon General Michael Flynn,” Dershowitz said. “Not only was it in his power to grant compassion, but it was part of his obligation to check and balance excesses of other branches of the government.”
To anyone familiar with the Flynn case, it is pretty obvious what Dershowitz was talking about here with regard to balancing the “excesses of other branches.”
Flynn had tried to withdraw his guilty plea, of making a false statement to the FBI, after it was discovered that the FBI kept the investigation into him going despite having no evidence of any wrongdoing by him. Not only that, but it has since been revealed that the FBI purposely tried to catch Flynn in a lie, and that, after doing so, the FBI itself didn’t think Flynn lied intentionally.
That’s already bad enough. But, to add insult to injury, District Judge Emmet Sullivan had refused to grant a request from the Department of Justice, after all of this came to light, to have the case against Flynn thrown out.
So, as Dershowitz said, the president properly stepped in and corrected the injustice. “Three cheers for President Trump for pardoning Michael Flynn,” Dershowitz said.
The more typical Democrat response
As stated at the outset, Dershowitz is a liberal Democrat. It is well known that he is a Hillary Clinton supporter. But his response to Flynn’s pardon has not been the typical Democrat response.
Here’s one that is more typical, from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):
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 . . . 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.
So, what’s the difference between these two Democrats — Pelosi and Dershowitz?
The answer is simple: one is a reasonable person, the other isn’t.