Ted Lieu calls Trump’s pardon “corrupt” says “Congress needs to hold Michael Flynn accountable”

Appearing on MSNBC, Democrat lawmaker Ted Lieu called President Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn “corrupt” and said  “Congress needs to hold Michael Flynn accountable”

“I do believe that Congress needs to hold Michael Flynn accountable,” Lieu said “But let’s first be grateful that Michael Flynn was, in fact, fired and did not serve as national security adviser for the last four years because that would have been a corrupt disaster. That’s in large part due to the professionalism and hard work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I want to commend the FBI for their investigation into Michael Flynn.”

“This pardon itself is corrupt,” he added “I agree with Chairman Nadler that he was dangled a pardon. That’s why he remained silent and did not incriminate Donald Trump. But now that the pardon has happened, his Fifth Amendment right regarding this issue goes away, and Michael Flynn will now have to testify about what Donald Trump knew related to Russia.”

Taking to Twitter, Lieu wrote “Michael Flynn committed a felony. But since he is a friend of @realDonaldTrump, he gets special treatment no ordinary person gets, like a pardon. This is the kind of behavior that caused voters to fire @POTUS, because Trump repeatedly put himself & his elite friends over America.”

He added in a subsequent tweet “For those cheering on the Flynn pardon, understand the precedent being set: in future Administrations, both Democratic and Republican, officials can now lie during law enforcement investigations and then get a pardon from the President.”