Tulsi Gabbard is calling on President Trump to pardon Julian Assange and Edward Snowden before he leaves office in January. Her request comes just days after Trump pardoned former advisor General Michael Flynn. Will Trump listen?
Tulsi Gabbard wants more pardons
President Trump sent shockwaves across Twitter when he announced the pardon General Michael T. Flynn. Flynn was his former national security advisor and he was charged with lying to FBI agents investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,” the president tweeted. “Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!”
Many expected Trump to pardon Flynn, who was a long time ally. The Democrats wasted no time in criticizing Trump’s decision.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler claimed the pardon was an erosion of the rule of law, meant to reward an ally for resisting an investigation that involved Trump himself.
But not all Democrats are slamming the move. Tulsi Gabbard is a Democrat Representative from Hawaii who ran in the 2016 presidential election. She took to Twitter and asked the President to pardon more people who were targeted by the deep state.
“@realDonaldTrump Since you’re giving pardons to people, please consider pardoning those who, at great personal sacrifice, exposed the deception and criminality of those in the deep state,” Gabbard posted on her Twitter. Gabbard put forth legislation this year that would drop all charges against Snowden and Assange and also reform the Espionage Act.
.@realDonaldTrump Since you're giving pardons to people, please consider pardoning those who, at great personal sacrifice, exposed the deception and criminality of those in the deep state. https://t.co/aeXklUsNSd
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) November 26, 2020
Drain the swamp
Edward Snowden is an American whistleblower and former CIA and NSA employee. He leaked highly classified information about a National Security Agency program which was spying on the public.
The programs were secretly working with telecommunications companies to record private information about users. Snowden has been charged with violating the Espionage Act along with theft of government property.
This year, a U.S. federal court has ruled that the surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal and unconstitutional.
Julian Assange is an Australian publisher who founded the website Wikileaks in 2006. The site came to fame in 2010 when it published leaked U.S. Army intelligence documents about war crimes in the middle east.
In the following years the website has published more sensitive information including emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. Assange has also been charged with violating the Espionage Act and he’s awaiting trial.