US District Judge Emmet Sullivan indicated in a 43-page opinion that Trump’s “full and unconditional pardon” was “extraordinarily broad,” as it not only touched on the charge of Flynn making false statements to the FBI, but also any charges that may stem from the case in the future.

“The history of the Constitution, its structure, and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the pardon power make clear that President Trump’s decision to pardon Mr. Flynn is a political decision, not a legal one,” Sullivan wrote. “Because the law recognizes the president’s political power to pardon, the appropriate course is to dismiss this case as moot. However, the pardon ‘does not, standing alone, render [Mr. Flynn] innocent of the alleged violation.’”



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