Adam Schiff, chairman of the special intelligence committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, criticized the decision of President Donald Trump to pardon his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, a case against whom was opened as part of the so-called Russian investigation. Schiff wrote about it in his Twitter account.
вЂњDonald Trump has repeatedly abused the right of pardon to reward friends and protect those who had his back. This time he pardoned Michael Flynn, who lied to hide his connections with the Russians,вЂќ he said.
In turn, Gerald Nadler, chairman of the House Legal Committee, said that Flynn's pardon was вЂњundeserved and unprincipled.
вЂњPresident Trump lured [his former advisor] with this pardon to encourage Flynn to give up his promise to cooperate with federal investigators вЂ” [this is] cooperation that could expose the President's own transgressions,вЂќ Nadler explained.
Earlier, Trump had said he had pardoned his former advisor. вЂњI am honored to announce the pardon of General Michael T. Flynn,вЂќ he said.
In May 2020, the US Department of Justice decided to close the criminal case against Flynn about his possible secret connections with Russia. However, in September, the U.S. appeals court overturned that decision. The American leader noted that the officials from the previous President Barack Obama's administration who persecuted Flynn were вЂњvery dishonest peopleвЂќ. He stated that he considered this case state treason.