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Adam Schiff slams ‘crooked’ Trump over Michael Flynn pardon and says president is acting like ‘organized crime figure’

ADAM Schiff blasted "crooked" Donald Trump on Wednesday over Michael Flynn's pardon and likened the president to an "organized crime figure."

Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, released a statement in response to the news slamming Trump for "abusing" his pardon power.

The 60-year-old lawyer criticized the president for pardoning someone who "chose loyalty to Trump over loyalty to his country."

Schiff explained: "A pardon by Trump does not erase that truth, no matter how Trump and his allies try to suggest otherwise.

"There is no doubt that a president has broad power to confer pardons, but when they are deployed to insulate himself, his family, and his associates from criminal investigation, it is a corruption of the Framer's intent."

He also urged the importance of Protecting Our Democracy Act, a bill introduced by the Democrats in the House and the Senate to prevent any president from using his or her pardoning power in a corrupt manner.

Schiff shared a shortened version of the statement to Twitter, which read: "Donald Trump has repeatedly abused the pardon power to reward friends and protect those who covered up for him.

"This time he pardons Michael Flynn, who lied to hide his dealings with the Russians.

"It’s no surprise that Trump would go out as he came in — Crooked to the end."

President Trump announced a full pardon for former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn - who quoted the Bible in a tweet once the news broke.

Some have speculated that President Trump could try to pardon himself as a precautionary measure to cover the possibility of prosecution after he leaves office - and his niece Mary said he understand the move would represent an admission of guilt.

On Tuesday, during an interview with anchor John Berman on CNN’s New Day, Schiff dubbed Trump as an "organized crime figure," according to Newsweek.

He said: "Imagine what people around the world think when we have a president that’s acting like an organized crime figure.

"But this is who Donald Trump is. It's who he was on the way into the presidency.

"It will be exactly who he is on his last days of the presidency."

Schiff was referring to the president's plan to pardon Flynn.

Can a president pardon himself?

Some have speculated that President Donald Trump may attempt to pardon himself.

The pardon power comes from the US Constitution and is one of the broadest available to a president.

The nation’s founders saw the pardon power as a way to show mercy and serve the public good.

Pardons are typically given to people who have been prosecuted and can cover conduct that has not yet resulted in legal proceedings.

A pardon is not reviewable by other branches of government and the president does not have to give a reason for issuing one.

A pardon wipes out a criminal conviction, but only applies to federal crimes.

He denounced the decision and said: "It just, frankly, reflects so ill on our democracy, on the United States."

Meanwhile, Trump wrote Twitter on Wednesday announcing Flynn's pardon.

He tweeted: "It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon."

"Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!"

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts during the 2016 general election.

Now that Flynn has been pardoned, his case will no longer be subject to the courts but rather the Justice Department - which will be controlled by incoming President Joe Biden. 

Trump reportedly informed confidants on Tuesday about his plan to pardon Flynn - but made it clear he could still change his mind, sources told Axios.

Sources told Axios that Flynn is just one of several individuals Trump plans to pardon before he departs from the White House. 

Trump has used his pardon power to help his allies, including commuting the sentence of his longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone earlier this year. 

Stone was convicted in 2019 of lying to Congress and witness tampering, also in connection with Mueller’s Russia probe.

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