Trump pressures Flynn on live TV by hinting at pardon in his future
Donald Trump began to speak about pardoning Michael Flynn, even as the investigation into his alliance with Russia begins to pick up steam and accumulate convictions.
Donald Trump opened the door to a pardon of his disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who recently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia.
Asked on Friday if he is considering offering a pardon to Flynn, who has been at the center of the ongoing investigation into Trump’s dealings with Russia.
“I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet,” Trump said. “We’ll see what happens. Let’s see.”
Trump, who was on his way to the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony, added an attack on the FBI.
“I can say this: When you look at what’s gone on with the FBI, and with the Justice Department, people are very, very angry,” he said.”
Flynn is reportedly cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, along with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who also has entered a guilty plea to a similar charge.
Trump’s reluctance to fire Flynn, even as he and Mike Pence were aware of Flynn’s connections to foreign governments — including being paid by Russia and attending an event with Vladimir Putin — are key elements in the investigation that has entangled the entire White House and Trump family.
Trump is under intense scrutiny for attempts to impede or obstruct justice, like when he fired then-FBI Director James Comey after Comey refused to publicly clear him in the Russia investigation.
Thus far, Trump has shown that he will do whatever it takes — even possibly breaking the law — to try and make his Russia problem go away.
A pardon for Flynn would fit right in with the ongoing attempts to cover up the growing cancer on his presidency.