President Trump pardoning Michael Flynn flies in the face of the law, asserts the Washington Post editorial board. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about a meeting, during which he schemed with a foreign government that tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election. He accepted full responsibility for his actions before finding a new lawyer and changing his approach. Trump chose to pardon an admitted felon because they are political allies. He had previously already tried to stop the FBI from going after Flynn and appears to care little for enacting justice. This favoritism degrades the White House and the US presidency.
General Michael Flynn would likely have been proven innocent, so a presidential pardon was more than warranted, holds Roger Kimball of The Spectator. The FBI investigation into him was steeped in partisanship, likely fuelled by Barack Obama's own political goals. He was made a scapegoat and a target with which to smear President Trump. Flynn was tricked into lying by deceitful FBI agents that were only intent on getting him arrested, not upholding the law. They got him fired from his job, caused him huge legal costs and threatened to go after his son with bogus charges if he didn't plead guilty. Trump did the right thing in pardoning Flynn.