Following Trump’s presidential pardon, the judge declares the case moot, but says that doesn’t mean Flynn is innocent.
A US District Judge dismissed the case against US President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn as “moot”, citing a presidential pardon issued by Trump.
Trump pardoned Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, November 25.
On Twitter, Trump said it was his “great honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a full pardon.” Congratulations to @GenFlynn and her wonderful family, I know you are now having a truly fantastic Thanksgiving! “
District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, appointed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1984, wrote in his order that “the scope of pardon is extraordinarily wide – it applies not only to the offense of making false statements to which Mr. Flynn has twice pleaded guilty to in this case. , but also claims to apply to “all possible offenses” with which he may be charged in the future in connection with this case and the special counsel “.
However, forgiveness “does not, on its own, make [Mr Flynn] innocent of the alleged violation, ”Sullivan wrote.