1) Good Morning, #PardonFlynnNow supporters. From here on, whenever the topic arises: Twitter = Jack, okay? So, it would appear that Jack didn't enjoy yesterday's thread. That's why I'm asking you to click on it, and RT it today, please.

2) On a connected note, since - in spite of Jack's suppression - I got a huge response, and many questions about the fundamentals of a pardon. I'll focus on just one in a moment, but first, if you're interested you find this an excellent article on topic:

3) If you're able to take the time, you'll be glad you did, if you read the entire article. You'll find a very interesting discussion of @POTUS use of the power of pardon, specifically, at the end. I especially love that he has not, so far, used the DOJ in the process, at all.
@POTUS 4) The one question I'm going to quote the article on fully, is this:

"Can the president pardon someone who hasn't been convicted of a crime?"

I love this question. I get it frequently. So, let's see what the article has to say.
@POTUS "Yes. In Ex Parte Garland, an 1866 case involving a former Confederate Senator who was disbarred from the practice of law, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his pardon from President Andrew Johnson restored his civil rights — even though he had never been charged with a crime.
@POTUS "The pardon power, the court said, "extends to every offence known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment."
@POTUS "Most famously, Ford pardoned Nixon for any crimes that Nixon "has committed or may have committed or taken part in" during his presidency."
@POTUS 7) Okay, you forced it out of me, I have to share one more, probably the one question I'm hit with MOST often:

"Is the acceptance of a pardon an acknowledgement of guilt?"

And the answer is...
@POTUS 8) "Maybe.

"In the Burdick case, the court said a pardon "carries an imputation of guilt and acceptance of a confession of it."
@POTUS 9) But here's the point for the win...

"But it's mostly a rhetorical question, and certainly presidents have granted pardons on the premise that the recipient was actually innocent of the crime they were convicted of."
@POTUS 10) Friends, the swamp is so good at protecting itself. Man, I'd dearly love to be wrong in my fears. But, even if I were, I'd still be pounding away, each and every day. It is so far past time to...

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