President Donald Trump would not rule out pardoning disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn after he pleaded guilty to repeatedly lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.
Speaking with reporters on the White House South Lawn Friday, Trump said he isn’t ready to discuss a possible pardon for Flynn just yet.
“I don’t want to talk about pardons with Michael Flynn yet. We’ll see what happens, let’s see,” Trump said.
“I can say this, when you look at what’s going on with the FBI and the Justice Department, people are very, very angry,” he added.
Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation as part of his plea agreement. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about discussing sanctions and a UN vote on illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak while Obama was still president.
According to reports, Flynn is prepared to testify that Trump and Jared Kushner directed him to make those calls.
Trump’s remark is concerning, given that if he pardons Flynn, the former national security adviser would have no reason to cooperate with the probe.
Trump also used his exchange with reporters Friday to build his baseless claim that the FBI and the special counsel are biased against him.
“Well, it’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI. But we’re going to rebuild the FBI. It will be bigger and better than ever. But it is very sad when you look at those documents,” Trump said of text messages an FBI agent sent, calling him an “idiot” among other things. The same agent sent emails trashing Bernie Sanders, Chelsea Clinton, and former Attorney General Eric Holder.
“How they’ve done that is really, really disgraceful, and you have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it. It’s a very sad thing to watch, I will tell you that,” Trump said. “But when everybody — not me — when everybody — the level of anger at what they’ve been witnessing with respect to the FBI is certainly very sad.”
Asked if Mueller is biased, Trump replied, “you’ll have to make that determination,” but added, “There is absolutely no collusion.”
“That has been proven,” he claimed, falsely. “When you look at the committees, whether it’s the Senate or the House, everybody — my worst enemies, they walk out, they say, ‘There is no collusion but we’ll continue to look.’ They’re spending millions and millions of dollars.”
“There is absolutely no collusion,” Trump continued. “I didn’t make a phone call to Russia. I have nothing to do with Russia. Everybody knows it. That was a Democrat hoax. It was an excuse for losing the election, and it should have never been this way, where they spent all these millions of dollars.”
“So now even the Democrats admit there’s no collusion. There is no collusion — that’s it. And we got to get back to running a country,” he added, falsely. “What we have found, and what they have found after looking at this, really, scam, is they found tremendous — whatever you want to call it; you’re going to have to make up your own determination — but they found tremendous things on the other side. When you look at the Hillary Clinton investigation, it was — I’ve been saying for a long time — that was a rigged system, folks. That was a rigged system.”
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