This article discusses the curiously overlooked question of why Flynn lied. So far the defense of his actions are that he did lie, but it was immaterial.
“Flynn’s lies mattered not because of some technicality about the Logan Act, the ancient and much-disregarded law forbidding private diplomacy. Flynn’s lies mattered because they may have concealed a deal between Trump and Russia over sanctions.“
This is the significance that is ignored in the whole fiasco heretofore known as “pardoning by surrogate” or “lowering the Barr”.
Good article that seems to adhere to Occam’s Razor much better than “selected others”.