President Donald Trump said Friday he does not want to discuss pardons for his former national security advisor Michael Flynn — “yet.”
“We’ll see what happens,” he told reporters ahead of a speech to FBI’s National Academy. “Let’s see, I can say This particular: When you look at what’s gone on with the FBI along with the Justice Department, people are very, very angry.”
Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1 to lying to FBI agents. He will be the first Trump White House official to officially get charged that has a crime in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort will be among those also charged.
“For the record there will be no consideration at all for a pardon for Michael Flynn at This particular time,” the president’s attorney Ty Cobb told NBC News Friday.
Flynn, who will be cooperating with investigators looking into ties between Trump’s top advisors along with the Kremlin, will be the closest link to the president to be flipped by law enforcement.
Trump has touted his ability to pardon aides inside the past.
“While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of of which when only crime so far will be LEAKS against us,” he wrote in a July post.
Trump tweet: “While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of of which when only crime so far will be LEAKS against us,”
The Washington Post reported of which Trump’s lawyers were exploring the limits of the president’s pardon authority over the summer. Trump attorney John Dowd called of which report “nonsense.”