Schiff Calls Trump’s Pardon of Flynn ‘a Body Blow To Our National Security’

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is sharing his distaste with President Donald Trump’s pardoning of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The House Intelligence Committee chair told CNN on Wednesday that the pardon “is a body blow to our national security.”

“It’s also a body blow to the rule of law and I think makes a mockery of our democracy to those watching from around the world,” Schiff added.

Asked by Acosta about Republican lawmakers praising Trump’s pardon of Flynn, Schiff hit back that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has “no bottom to his willingness to debase himself to earn Trump’s favor.”

Later, Schiff suggested Trump “may even try to pardon himself.” When asked if he can “do anything” if Trump “tries to pardon himself,” Schiff said he has introduced a bill where “you cannot self-pardon.”

Trump said on Wednesday that he pardoned Flynn, who previously pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Watch Schiff’s interview below:

“It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

He continued, “Congratulations to [Michael Flynn] and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”

Additionally, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement, “The President has pardoned General Flynn because he should never have been prosecuted.”

Trump’s pardoning of Flynn received criticism from other Democrats as well. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement that the pardon is “an act of grave corruption and a brazen abuse of power.”

“Sadly, 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,” Pelosi added.

Additionally, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) called Trump’s pardon “undeserved, unprincipled, and one more stain on President Trump’s rapidly diminishing legacy,” as IJR reported.

In contrast, congressional Republicans applauded Trump’s move, as IJR also reported.

“What happened to [Michael Flynn] was a national disgrace. No American should ever be targeted for simply belonging to a certain political party,” McCarthy tweeted, adding, “President [Donald Trump] is right to pardon the respected three-star general.”

An official in the Department of Justice called Flynn’s pardon “an appropriate use of the President’s pardon power,” the official told NBC News.

Responses

  1. The “body blow” to this country is having short sided, lying, people like Adam Schiff in charge of our government! We are in trouble letting these amateurs direct this country! The guy should be behind bars after the colossal mess he put the whole country through with that Russian witch hunt he directed!

  2. On February 13, 2017, Mike Flynn resigned after information surfaced that he had misled (this LIED to) Vice President Mike Pence about the nature and content of his communications with Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. Flynn’s tenure (January 22, 2017 – February 13, 2017) as the National Security Advisor is the shortest in the history of the position. Flynn formalized a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a Republican, to plead guilty to a felony count of “willfully and knowingly” making false statements to the FBI. Ooops.

    Anyone who believes that Flynn is innocent, treated too harshly, and SHOULD be pardoned is confused by what is right and wrong. He lied to the Veep and to the FBI. YOU try that and see what happens to YOU!

  3. “She was very brave and is still paying a heavy price for it, Mary.” Truly the mind of a liberal leftist troll. The Left Loves criminals

  4. julia, let’s accurately correct your statement: julia and Shifty are idiots.
    There, now that’s right. Have a great day~!!

  5. “What of Bradley aka Chelsea the abomination Manning, leaker of military’s secret?” Mary Spalding

    What of her? She did this country an emense favor by exposing some of our war criminals, with evidence to prove it. She was very brave and is still paying a heavy price for it, Mary.

  6. What of Bradley aka Chelsea the abomination Manning, leaker of military’s secret? Oscar Lopez Rivera, terrorist? AND lets not forget the exchange of prisoners involving Bowe Bergdahl, who WALKED AWAY from his post putting ALL those military men in jeopardy!!! So, Schiff, Piglosi, GO SUCK AN EGG!!!

  7. The hyperbole of these despicable Democrats is astounding. How Schiff can look at himself in the mirror every morning is beyond me.

  8. Schiff is a moron. Flynn should have never been there. It’s been shown the corrupt system put him there and evidence proving his innocence was buried.

  9. Schiffty is a donkey as in a Democrat a TRUE DONKEY! No real leadership! Would you want him to teach your child at any level? I use this as the ACID test ! If Trump cured cancer Schiff would say ” What took him so long!”
    IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR TRUMP TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ! This is how Schiffty, and others act. 3 Nobel prize Nominations, warp speed vs virus is a great success so far! His Middle east peace Efforts are a positive for the world! Many Americans are doing better thanks to some of Trumps decisions. I do not select Groups or Minorities. ” ALL of US ARE AMERICANS FIRST!” Then Irish , Hispanic, Black, African whatever an individual wants to say about themselves. We need to be Americans first! When a country is attacked they attack AMERICA!
    Thank God For OUR Blessings. Biden will have to answer for his presidency. I predict he will NOT complete his 4 yrs, hope I am WRONG! Dr Jack Grenan Blessed cancer survivor

  10. And him lying and talking unknowingly to the Russian version of Borat in order to get false information on Trump is not a national security blow?

  11. The very fact that a traitor, like Schiftless, has access to classified information is a body blow to our National Security.

  12. All great posts. You all really don’t seem to like Shifty. And it’s well deserved. How does he continue to be elected? Well he is from California and a Pelosi pal.

  13. Pencil-Dick Schiff is a fine one to talk. It so amazes me when I see libturds singing the praises of Schiff-for-brains and Nadler. They’re both sociopaths incapable of critical thinking. These guys must have forgotten that BO’s Attorney General, the disgusting Eric Holder, was found GUILTY of lying to Congress….the only Cabinet Member ever to be found guilty of it. What horrible consequences did Holder and Obama face? Welp, says a lot that Holder is considering a Presidential run. He was not sanctioned, forced to resign, or even vilified by the MSM. NADA! Did Obugly get charged with a crime? Of course not! Get this: female libs have palpitations over Holder! Ugh. Just threw up a little in my mouth. BTW, as I was researching this story, I came across a little film clip of Nadless speaking in Congress and from what I or other readers can tell, he’s actually pooping his pants up on stage (seriously). Hah! Take THAT, Swalwell! He beat your potty story by a mile. Doesn’t Eric ‘Nuke Texas’ Swalwell look like a Kennedy baby who has been dropped on his head and face repeatedly and purposefully as an infant?

  14. Well, Schiff is a liar and one of the key instigators behind the coup attempts and the political persecution of Flynn. It seems the key claim is that Flynn lied about discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But it was a FBI setup. Flynn discussed the expulsions of embassy staff, not sanctions. The sanctions and expulsions were separate events. All Flynn said was to keep it reciprocal and wait until the administations changed. Something completely normal for all admins and something the Biden team is doing as we speak. I do think Flynn is kind of bonkers with his endorsement of Qanon. But whatever. People need to stand for justice regardless of who is involved. Right is right, truth is truth. And Flynn was set up by the FBI, as per their own notes! The blowback to the FBI will be very long reaching. I for one will never again work with the FBI. If they show up on my doorstep again asking for favors, I will remind them of Flynn and close the door.

  15. One of the best things that could ever happen to improve our national security is to stretch Schiff’s neck with a hangman’s rope.

  16. Nobody cares what shifty shiff says. He is the epidemy of a proven liar. He has zero credibility.

  17. Seems to me Nadler, like most of the Democratic of the Deep State all suffer from convenient amnesia, or worse, sheer duplicity and dishonesty! Notice how Nadler sweeps under the nearest rug any reference to Marc Rich who Clinton Pardoned—a man owed “$48 million” in taxes and was charged with “51 counts of tax fraud.” He fled the country as a fugitive to Switzerland. He paid a one million dollar fine as his wife donated a million dollars to Hillary Clinton. Comparing Rich to Flynn is a disgusting slap in the face to Lady Justice, and anything that represents Due Process.
    Nadler like so many Democrats have warped principles when totally worse offenders than General Flynn lying to the FBI in what was an admitted “set up” by FBI agents in which he was not read his rights or allowed an attorney in those early days of the Trump White House lynching.
    Nadler reveals what a sleazy two-bit POS he is.
    Let’s take a close look at Obama’s disgusting commutations:
    In total he had 212 Pardons and 1,927 Commutations.
    July 13, 2015…commuting sentences of 46 drug offenders.
    June 3, 2016 …commuting sentences for 42 offenders.
    December 20, 2016…78 commutations on one day!
    January 17, 2017 commuted the sentence of 209 individuals, 109 with life sentences.
    January 19, 2017 commuted the sentences of 330 federal inmates during his Last day in office…

  18. This is the best recent discussion that I have found, so far, on His Majesty’s probable legal challenges after his eviction from his inner-city public housing, in January. It does not include a list of the 60 known legal challenges coming his way.

    youtu.be/nOxwf9i01s4

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