By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
A bit of perspective is in order as we ponder the pardon delivered by Donald Trump to the man who served briefly as national security adviser.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn received a “full presidential pardon” from Trump, who proclaimed that Flynn now can have a lovely Thanksgiving with his family.
Yes. He can. He can enjoy the holiday knowing he won’t go to prison.
However, the pardon does not erase the fact that Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI and to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russians who sought to attack our electoral system in 2016. That means, to be blunt, that he will be a criminal for the rest of his life.
I also should point out that despite the high praise Trump heaps on his disgraced national security adviser now he did fire him after 24 days on the job for lying to the VP, and said some harsh things — via Twitter, of course — at the time he fired him.
Trump’s pardon of Flynn does not expunge the record. It just keeps him out of the slammer.
Well, let’s all stay tuned. I am sure there will be more pardons to be delivered. Unbelievable!