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Trump pardons Flynn, taking direct aim at Russia probe

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Trump sure lives employing criminals and then pardoning them once they become convicted felons. As long as the criminals are white guys, Trump is soft as silly putty on crime.

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Okay, now there's no excuse. Michael Flynn can testify to Congress, no pleading the 5th for the Dictator lover.

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Okay, now there's no excuse. Michael Flynn can testify to Congress, no pleading the 5th for the Dictator lover.

A presidential pardon is a great motivator to stop people from implicating you in a crime.

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A presidential pardon is a great motivator to stop people from implicating you in a crime.

The presidential pardon likely only covers the crimes to which Flynn plead guilty, it doesn’t cover future crimes such as perjury or contempt of court based on refusal to testify.

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taking direct aim at Russia probe

Trump continues to be worried about Russia. What's he hiding this time? He knows the various intelligence agencies have lots of info on Russia's 'meddling' and is aware once he and his 'deep state' are gone they'll be able to more easily release that info.

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Trump Russian agents

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There is also another for the timing. trump can not stand the fact that Biden is getting all of the attention now. His ego cannot stop him from wanting to be the center of attention. He is burning up because he is still president, but the country and the world are already talking about the future without him. trumps relevance is fading!

He is pathetic and many of his supporters are too; thus, they like his childish and selfish behavior.

1) First example, trump gave a one-minute press conference to brag about the Dow Jones topping 30,000, which only happened after it was clear he wasn't going to be president anymore.

2) Now, he made this announcement came a little time after Biden made an announcement to the public about unity and bring the nation together.

trump is a hater and sore LOSER! You have been FIRED!

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Mike Flynn lied to the FBI to cover up Trump campaign contacts with Russians during the transition.

That’s a felony. Nobody entrapped him. He did that knowing it was wrong.

Pleaded guilty to save himself, then failed to cooperate, then tried to withdraw his guilty plea.

THEN the Barr directed the DOJ to withdraw the prosecution which is just unheard of.

THEN the judge rejects the withdrawal.

I think that Flynn is covering up even worse information for Trump.

This is a disgrace to American justice.

Fortunately, the truth will out. Flynn now loses his 5th Amendment rights. The DOJ can put him on the stand and ask him anything about Mueller’s investigation and he must answer. If he lies, that’s a new - unpardoned crime.

BTW, Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn. Trump ignored him. How very Trumpy of him.

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taking direct aim at Russia probe

If trump is no longer a useful asset then he will get burned by Putin. He will use Flynn and his other deplorables to attempt to repeat 2016; however, I think the public is smarter now, and he will not run or win again.

He will just continue to dangle a carrot to get his ignorant supporters to send him money (75% of his election fraud defense is going directly to his family and friends/he has been golfing the pass couple weeks to get the taxpayers to pay millions of dollars to his failing golf courses).

The Secret Agents protecting him may be required to save his life, but they are still required to report any suspicious or illegal activity by the former president. That include Russian agents who will try to communicate with him.

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trump is in the WH Bunker stalking Biden. Basically, everytime Biden makes a public announcement; the attention starved trump is going to jump out of the bushes like a "one man band" begging everyone to look at him!

A 70+ year-old troll that got beat by "Sleepy Joe"!

Despite his tweets and frequent fundraising emails, President Trump knows "the battle is effectively over" and he's already moved on to asking allies "how he can stay relevant in the media and in the Republican Party and how he can earn money" next year and beyond, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing Trump advisers. 

Trump's staffers are reportedly now avoiding him to stay out of legal jeopardy

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-staffers-reportedly-now-avoiding-083411740.html

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A president who promised to drain the swamp created a bigger swamp with the vilest of creatures.

Now when Biden is about to drain his swamp,he is allowing these vile creatures to escape !!!!!

Criminality is normalized under trump!!!!

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Spaseeba.

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You gotta love the extraordinary ability humans have to justify and rationalize literally anything.

So, to sum up:

Russian interference in America = bad.

American interference in China = good.

Americans conspiring with Russia = traitors.

Chinese conspiring with America = heroes.

Remember folks, in a sick society, hypocrisy is only a problem when it conflicts with somebody else's hypocrisy. That being said, i am fairly confident that this is rather a natural outcome of being exposed to nothing but one-sided information your entire life. The biggest irony of all is that Chinese netizens have more nuanced and informed view than probably majority of American netizens. How ironic.

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Now y’all knew this was coming. Best Thanksgiving gift.

Trump continues to be worried about Russia.

I don’t think he thinks about Russia at all, I think the Democrats talked themselves 24/7 nonstop Russia, Russia, Russia so much they’re actually starting to believe it.

What's he hiding this time? He knows the various intelligence agencies have lots of info on Russia's 'meddling' and is aware once he and his 'deep state' are gone they'll be able to more easily release that info

Well, Mueller thought he was hiding as well as did 19 Trump hating Democrat lawyers and after 3 years of 500 witnesses and 500 subpoenas and found Trump was hiding nothing, so it’s nothing that’s what the intelligence agency knows and even if the Dems try to come up with junk at this point no one cares anymore, but they tried their best, all you can ask for.

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Trump has a ways to go yet. Obama pardoned more than 200 people, Trump so far less than 30.

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bass4funk Mueller did not find Trump hiding nothing.

He said, 'if we had had confidence the president had not committed a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime'.

The policy of his office determined a President cannot be charged with a federal crime, while in office. He explained that an investigation of a president is allowed, but the criminal justice system cannot accuse the President of wrong doing. But his statement that the President was not exculpatory with his involvement with Russia and Russian election interference does not say Trump hid nothing, and in fact, quite the opposite.

Mueller had no choice, in his mind, but to hand the report to William Barr, who is a Trump lackey. And thus, no truthful determination of whether the President actually committed a crime. Mueller due to his staunch convictions and interpretation of the law. Barr, because he's a weasel.

In the years to come, when the full report comes to light, it will likely show 'if we had had confidence the president has not committed a crime, we would have said so' that Trump and sons were directly involved with Russian interference in the US election process.

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Some people seems to habitually and willfully forget that the only reason Trump was not removed from office is because his own party, by loyalty and/or cowardice, acquitted him. He was absolutely found guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanor" and explicitly not exonerated by his acquittal (this part is very important). He was also determined to be an unindicted co-conspirator in the Michael Cohen case. Which is already very bad in itself.

This needs to be posted again and again as long as some people try to rewrite history to make the future ex-president to be an innocent man.

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He said, 'if we had had confidence the president had not committed a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime'.

And they couldn’t prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt, we don’t go by probabilities, either there is concrete evidence or there isn’t, speculations of what could possibly be is not in any shape or form an indication that a crime was committed.

The policy of his office determined a President cannot be charged with a federal crime, while in office.

True, but even if there was substantial and incriminating evidence, we would have known about it. Remember, we are talking about Democrats, the very people that despise Trump.

Mueller had no choice,

Because he had nothing....19 lawyers, all Democrats and nothing.

In the years to come, when the full report comes to light, it will likely show 'if we had had confidence the president has not committed a crime, we would have said so' that Trump and sons were directly involved with Russian interference in the US election process.

Uh-huh...lol

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Probably more pardons coming for friends of the President.

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@Atilitathehungry

Trump has a ways to go yet. Obama pardoned more than 200 people, Trump so far less than 30.

How many of the people that Pres. Obama were his business partners that helped hi break the law?

The answer is ZERO!

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I am sure you are right egags. As there always are. Plus an unknown number of sentence commutations, which are arguably even more dangerous.

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@Attila

I am sure you are right egags. As there always are. Plus an unknown number of sentence commutations, which are arguably even more dangerous.

Like, Roger Stone, right? Maybe, Bannon? How many scams and political terrorism has been charged with again?

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Trump has a ways to go yet. Obama pardoned more than 200 people, Trump so far less than 30.

What an absurd comment. People aren't upset at the number or pardons, they're upset at who was pardoned.

How many people in Trump's orbit has he pardoned? How many members of Obama's administration did Obama pardon? Yeah no, not even comparable?

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What an absurd comment. People aren't upset at the number or pardons, they're upset at who was pardoned. 

That’s with every President on both sides and that will always continue. Obama pardoned people that set the GOP hairs on fire and vice versa so both sides just have to deal with it. Anyway, Flynn is free, the Dems aren’t happy, too bad, life goes on. I’m sure Biden will pardon people that will tick off Republicans as well.

How many people in Trump's orbit has he pardoned? How many members of Obama's administration did Obama pardon? Yeah no, not even comparable?

Well....

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At least Putin's puppet is on the way out... I am used to seeing US presidents work with dictators... but never for one until Trump. Ugh.

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That’s with every President on both sides and that will always continue. Obama pardoned people that set the GOP hairs on fire and vice versa so both sides just have to deal with it.

No no. 0 people from the Obama administration were pardoned by Obama. Scores of Trump administration staff have had to be pardoned by Trump.

To my memory, that's never happened before. Ever. And if you they have, certainly not at the Donald has.

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True, Obama only commuted the sentences of people like Oscar Lopez Rivera, convicted Marxist terrorist implicated in more than 100 bomb attacks across the US and Puerto Rico.

More ironically, Obama also pardoned... a Marine General (General James Cartright)...convicted of lying to the FBI...

So all presidents do it, as Bass said. It is a last way to reward loyalty and being tight lipped.

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@Attila

True, Obama only commuted the sentences of people like Oscar Lopez Rivera, convicted Marxist terrorist implicated in more than 100 bomb attacks across the US and Puerto Rico.

More ironically, Obama also pardoned... a Marine General (General James Cartright)...convicted of lying to the FBI...

So all presidents do it, as Bass said. It is a last way to reward loyalty and being tight lipped.

But, Pres. Obama did not have to pardon anyone in his own administration acting on behalf of the Pres. before his first term (only term for trump) is over! The only term that trump also got impeached and lost by a landlside for re-election!

LOL! Apples and Oranges!

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The best thanksgiving gift is the stand up comedy going on in Pennsylvania !!!

It is a gathering of the dim witted!!!

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@Ulysses

The best thanksgiving gift is the stand up comedy going on in Pennsylvania !!!

It is a gathering of the dim witted!!!

You should have heard the idiot in the WH. He did not show up because he was embarrassed for losing, but he called in like he was on Fox and Friends! Needless to say, it was more whining and playing the victim like a spoiled brat!

He does not have to worry about his legal team making him look like a fool. He has been doing it all by himself!

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Probably the only promise Trump has kept in four years....talk to Russians and lie about it, and I'll make it go away...

Flynn will be a just another Fox talking head spouting nutty conspiracy theories before the end of the year...

Put him, Newt, and Rudy on the same Fox show and you have more crazy than the entire psycho ward at Rikers Island..

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So all presidents do it, as Bass said. It is a last way to reward loyalty and being tight lipped.

Lololol No, all presidents don't do it. General Cartwright was never an Obama administration employee. Keep trying.

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as a post President it’s just getting started.

Not for long. The media will get bored of him. And once he’s not president, Twitter will ban him for violations, rather than just labeling his tweets. He’ll lose his platform then. After that he’ll be regulated to the Qers on Parler, whining himself into irrelevance.

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So many Trump associates who were criminally charged. A Trumpster Fire.

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It is funny how General Flynn is talked about here. Seems like he is the second reincarnation Benedict Arnold! Reality was that the Dept of Justice was already moving to cancel the charges against him.

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@Attila

It is funny how General Flynn is talked about here. Seems like he is the second reincarnation Benedict Arnold! Reality was that the Dept of Justice was already moving to cancel the charges against him.

If that was actually going to work then there would be no need for a pardon. When a person is pardoned they have to admit to committing the crime. Why ruin your reputation if the charges were going to be dropped?

See, how logic works? :)

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Reality was that the Dept of Justice was already moving to cancel the charges against him.

No, the Trump DOJ asked the court to drop the charges. After Flynn pleaded guilty. Why do you think they would do that? In your own words, you've admitted that presidents do this sort of thing to reward people for hiding the truth. If Donald has pardoned nearly half a dozen members of his administration, he is undoubtedly hiding a lot.

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@Ulysses

The best thanksgiving gift is the stand up comedy going on in Pennsylvania !!!

It is a gathering of the dim witted!!!

And the reason why he phoned in instead of showing up was because one of the people tested positive for COVID-19. He truly was defeated by the coronavirus!

Almost everything Trump said at a Republican event in Pennsylvania about the election was a lie or a conspiracy theory

https://www.yahoo.com/news/almost-everything-trump-said-republican-225257961.html

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Amazing all the Trump supporters here sticking up for Flynn...

As a member of Trump's transition team, Flynn spoke by phone on December 29 with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The calls happened as President Barack Obama's administration was issuing sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 US election.

When news of Flynn's phone calls became public in January, administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, said the conversations focused on logistics, not sanctions.

"They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia," Pence told CBS.

But US investigators looked into the claim, and the Justice Department last month warned the Trump administration that Flynn had misled administration officials about his communications with Kislyak and could be vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.

The White House stood behind Flynn -- until it didn't. The retired Army lieutenant general resigned Monday night, admitting he had "inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information" about the Kislyak phone calls.

Here was a guy in Dec 2016 while Obama was still President, and who had no official government position yet, called the Russian Ambassador and told him "Trump will be easier on Russia". But he was caught on a secret recording, and when asked about the meeting by the FBI, lied about it, and also lied to Trump and Pence.

And now Trump pardons him....maybe he was doing what Trump directed him to do...

Hmmmm.....

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Flynn, fired ostensibly for lying to VP Pence, also lied to the FBI, a crime to which he pleaded guilty. Trump pardoned him no doubt as a rebuke to the "Deep State", the ally of Obama, thus the arch-enemy in the paranoid mind of the 45th. Trump's rationale for the pardon must also surely originate from the psychological jungle in the head of an habitual liar like nobody has ever seen, but who is at the same time sufficiently lucid to see that lying is, as Obama knows, "what they do", as when in 2013 James Clapper, Director of the National Security Agency, lied with impunity to Congress about the illegal surveillance of American citizens. Justice matters, but as the poor and, rich man Trump himself knows, not to those who make the law and live above it. Will Biden fix this?

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So many Trump associates who were criminally charged. A Trumpster Fire.

And still couldn’t get their intentional target.

Amazing all the Trump supporters here sticking up for Flynn..

And why not, but anyway, it’s over and Dems will just have to deal with it. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Flynn lied to VP Repent and then the FBI. Pleaded guilty. Pardoned by deep throat. The WH will need deep virus cleaning before president Biden and his team move in.

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And still couldn’t get their intentional target.

Oh! they got him. Trump was impeached. The republican controlled senate failed to deliver the punishment. Only the third president to be impeached. Stain on his history.

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as a post President it’s just getting started.

It will be interesting to see what he does. He is probably the most talked about person of modern times and that will keep him in the spotlight for the short term future at least. He’s an excellent self-publicist.

One thing people might tire of is that he’s essentially a one-trick pony. It’s basically self-publicizing using inflammatory trash, trolling and conspiracy theories. There isn’t much substance to him and he’s hardly one to give insightful and well formed opinions or offer wise advice

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Flynn lied to VP Repent and then the FBI. Pleaded guilty. Pardoned by deep throat. The WH will need deep virus cleaning before president Biden and his team move in.

I see, I guess to some people that might be funny, but what’s even funnier now is, Flynn is free, curses and foiled again for the Dems it would seem....

Oh! they got him. Trump was impeached.

And the Senate acquitted him, so about this jail thing again......ROFL

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There should be a limitation on pardons.

Give each president at the start of the term only 3 pardons. No pardons at all if possible.

That would reduce corruption and treason and make things more interesting in terms of squealers who don't get an presidential pardon.

Corruption and treason are now hand in hand.

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trump was impeached and then soundly defeated in the elections.

It's both satisfying and just

Flynn better enjoy the few days of freedom he has, because petty criminals like him are going to trip sooner or later!!!

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The Russia probe will get larger, Rudy is already under investigation and not too long before trump is too.

The dim witted mafia is going down spectacularly!!!

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Not to you, but 70+ million don’t think so regardless of what the media and Democrats try to force down their throats.

Lol and 80 million Americans disagree regardless of what Trump fans think.yawn

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Trump cons 71 million voters mostly with his frauds.

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 see, I guess to some people that might be funny, but what’s even funnier now is, Flynn is free, curses and foiled again for the Dems it would seem....

the courts were about to dismiss his case. A pardon does not totally wipe out his crimes.

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Trump cons 71 million voters mostly with his frauds

Yeah, Freedom, Financial independence, less government, less taxes, supporting the Second Amendment, supporting the military, ending all these wars, individual freedoms, is it right to speak out, the right to worship, the right to watch and research what you want, I keep forgetting those are all just so bad things, what a con. ROFL!

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supporting the military, 

Trump insulted the military. Insulted his generals and then called deceased VET's losers. Israel stated it believes Trump will attack Iran before the end of his term.

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