If Not Flynn, Assange, or Snowden; Could This Be the Person Trump is Pardoning Today?

Published August 18th, 2020 - 08:52 GMT
If Not Flynn, Assange, or Snowden; Could This Be the Person Trump Is Pardoning Today?
Several names were highlighted in discussions over the next pardon issued by President Trump. (Shutterstock: Karen B. Jones)

A number of names have been mentioned recently in discussions related to a pardon expected to be issued by US President Donald Trump in the coming days. With every passing day internet, users continue to speculate over the person who will receive the pardon, including several controversial figures.

Yesterday, Trump stated that he'll be pardoning "someone very, very important" on Tuesday, which urged social media users to speculate the name of the person referred to by the president.

Last June a Trump order was issued to commute the 40-month sentence, which his long-time ally Roger Stone was sentenced to, in relation to obstructing the investigation into the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. A few days later, Trump didn't rule out the likelihood of ordering a pardon for his first national security advisor Michael Flynn involved in the same case.

Last February, numerous news outlets reported statements made by Julian Assange's attorney alleging Trump attempts to get the founder of Wikileaks a deal in which "he's granted a pardon in exchange for saying that Russia had nothing to do with hacking emails from Democrats during the 2016 presidential election."

Additionally, news sources have been highlighting the probability of Trump pardoning the former US National Security Agent Edward Snowden, who has been living in Russia for the last seven years after leaking classified documents related to US surveillance programs run by US intelligence, a move that prominent GOP politicians have warned against, saying it "would undermine US national security."

However, all these names have been pointed out in discussions over the identity of the "very very important" person who might receive Trump's latest pardon.

One more controversial name that was heavily discussed was the British socialite Gaislien Maxwell, strongly associated with the disgraced financier and convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested last month after a year in hiding and has been trialed ever since for multiple counts of sex trafficking.

In a press conference two weeks after her arrest and responding to a question about Maxwell's case and whether or not she will be turning in some influential men such as Prince Andrew, President Trump said: "I don't know, I really haven't been following it too much...I just wish her well, frankly. I've met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach... But I wish her well, whatever it is." 

Trump's shocking message of support of the woman accused of recruiting and grooming underage girls later abused and trafficked by Epstein, had prompted a strong backlash back then and has been the main reason online people are afraid that Trump's upcoming pardon might be for Maxwell.

For more than a year now, the Epstein case has been stirring a lot of controversies over powerful men in both the Democrat and Republican parties, who could be involved in sexual abuses ran by late financier's sex trafficking ring; including former President Bill Clinton and current President Donald Trump, both good friends of Epstein and Maxwell.

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