December 8, 2020 9:24 PM | With information from DPA
15 minutes. The judge of the District Court of Columbia, Emmet Sullivan, has formally dismissed this Tuesday the case against the former US National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, after the pardon granted by the president, Donald Trump, for his guilty plea in 2017, when he acknowledged that he had lied to the US Federal Police (FBI).
However, Sullivan has clarified that “a pardon does not necessarily make the accused ‘innocent'”, but rather “in fact, the Supreme Court has recognized that the acceptance of a pardon implies a ‘confession’ of guilt”.
In that sense, the judge explained that as “the law recognizes the power of the president to pardon, the appropriate thing is to dismiss this case as questionable.”
“The history of the Constitution, its structure and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the power of pardon make it clear that President Trump’s decision to pardon Mr. Flynn is a political decision, not a legal one,” Sullivan emphasizes in a 43-page report.
Flynn was in the White House for only a few weeks and resigned in early 2017.
The resignation came after it was made public that he lied on up to two occasions about the conversations he had with the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kisliak, in December 2016 about the Obama Administration, on the eve of the Obama administration’s takeover. Donald Trump.
He later pleaded guilty to these events, but later backed off and tried to have his case dismissed. In a controversial move, the US Department of Justice dropped the charges against him in the spring.
“Mr. Flynn is not just anybody; he was the National Security adviser to the president, it was clearly a position of trust, who claimed that he forgot, in less than a month, that he personally asked a favor from the Russian ambassador who undermined politics. of the incumbent president before the president-elect took office, “Sullivan wrote.
In May, Sullivan already clashed with the Justice Department after refusing to sign a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against him. adviser. This came after the Trump Administration justified that it had been tricked into lying to FBI agents.
Flynn has become an example of Trump’s repeated efforts to undermine the investigation into his ties to Russia.