Flynn Spurs Questions of Who Trump Might Pardon Next

Pres­i­dent Trump’s Thanks­giv­ing eve par­don of Michael Fly­nn, his for­mer nation­al secu­ri­ty advis­er, is prompt­ing ques­tions about who else might win clemen­cy in the president’s final weeks in office.

Spec­u­la­tion over whether Trump would offer par­dons for allies and sup­port­ers who have been con­vict­ed of fed­er­al crimes or face seri­ous legal lia­bil­i­ty has long been a sub­ject in Washington.

And the con­tro­ver­sial deci­sion to par­don Fly­nn, who had plead­ed guilty in fed­er­al court, quick­ly stirred talk that there will be more Trump par­dons to come.

Trump has fre­quent­ly crit­i­cized inves­ti­ga­tions of him and his admin­is­tra­tion as a “witch hunt.” He argued that Fly­nn in par­tic­u­lar had been treat­ed unfairly.

It’s not uncom­mon for an out­go­ing pres­i­dent to issue sweep­ing par­dons, though it can be con­tro­ver­sial. For­mer Pres­i­dent Clin­ton was heav­i­ly crit­i­cized after he issued 140 par­dons on his last day in office, includ­ing for his own broth­er and a well-con­nect­ed Demo­c­ra­t­ic donor.

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