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If you are going to do something, do it with an open heart.
Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan formally dismissed the case against former General Micheal Flynn, after he recieved a Presidential pardon from POTUS.
Now there was no reason to grandstand, or to say anything else, a simple “case dismissed” would have done just fine,
But Judge Sullivan had to embellish the ruling with some words of his own
Check it out:
Daily Caller had more on the story:
Sullivan said in a 43-page ruling that he would likely not have approved a Justice Department motion to withdraw charges against Flynn if not for the Trump pardon. He also asserted that clemency for Flynn did not indicate that he was innocent of charges in his criminal case.
“President Trump’s decision to pardon Mr. Flynn is a political decision, not a legal one. Because the law recognizes the President’s political power to pardon, the appropriate course is to dismiss this case as moot,” Sullivan wrote.
Sullivan quoted a ruling in another case to say that the pardon does not by itself “render [Flynn] innocent of the alleged violation.”
Trump issued a broad pardon for Flynn on Nov. 25, saying that he was wrongfully targeted in the special counsel’s investigation.
Business Insider had this to say:
Sullivan pointed to Trump's involvement in the Flynn case in his Tuesday ruling, writing, "Mr. Flynn was serving as an adviser to President Trump's transition team during the events that gave rise to the conviction here, and, as this case has progressed, President Trump has not hidden the extent of his interest in this case."
The judge added that John Gleeson, a veteran former judge and prosecutor who weighed in on the Flynn case after the DOJ moved to dismiss it, pointed out that between March 2017 and June 2020, Trump tweeted or retweeted posts about the former national security advisor "at least 100 times.
"This commentary has 'made clear that the President has been closely following the proceedings, is personally invested in ensuring that [Mr.] Flynn's prosecution ends, and has deep animosity toward those who investigated and prosecuted [Mr.] Flynn,'" Sullivan wrote.
He added: "And simultaneous to the President's 'running commentary,' many of the President's remarks have also been viewed as suggesting a breakdown in the 'traditional independence of the Justice Department from the President."