“I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet.
We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters Friday on his way
to Marine One, before speaking at the FBI National Academy
graduation. “Let’s see, I can say this: When you look at what’s
gone on with the FBI and the Justice Department, people are
very, very angry.”
guilty earlier this month to lying to the FBI about his
communications with the Russian government.
On Friday afternoon, White House attorney Ty Cobb told CNN: “There is
no consideration being given to pardoning Michael Flynn at the
President Donald Trump wouldn’t say Friday whether he would
consider pardoning Michael Flynn, his former national
security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
In his Friday comments, Trump referenced messages critical of the president
that were sent between an FBI lawyer and an agent who later
worked for special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the
investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential
election. They caused “anger,” the president said.
“It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI, but, we’re going to
rebuild the FBI, it’ll be bigger and better than ever,” Trump
said. “But it is very sad, when you look at those documents and
how they’ve done that is really, really disgraceful and you
have a lot of angry people who are seeing it.”
“The level of anger at what they’ve been witnessing with
respect to the FBI is certainly very sad,” Trump added.
Earlier Friday, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told Fox News “there is
extreme bias against this president” with high-ranking
officials at the FBI.
Trump again called
Mueller’s investigation into Russia and his campaign a “hoax.”
“There is absolutely no collusion, that has been proven,” Trump
claimed, arguing even his “worst enemies” say there was no
collusion between his campaign and Russia.
“I didn’t make a phone call to Russia. I have nothing to do
with Russia. Everybody knows it,” Trump said. “That was a
Democrat hoax. It was an excuse for losing the election. And it
should have never been this way … so now even the Democrats
admit there’s no collusion. There is no collusion. That’s it.”
In addition to Flynn, former Trump campaign foreign policy
adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to
lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians during the
campaign. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, two top Trump campaign
staffers, were also charged as part of
This story has been updated with more details and
background and with comment from Ty Cobb.
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