President Trump has refused to rule out a pardon for the formal national security advisor Michael Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty in the special counsel probe into Russia’s election interference.
“I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We’ll see what happens. Let’s see.”
When asked when he learned that his formal national security lied to the FBI, Trump also refused to answer.
“You know the answer,” Trump said. “How many times has that question been asked?”
Ty Cobb, White House lawyer said that pardoning Flynn was not on the table.
“‘No — there is no consideration at the White House of pardoning Michael Flynn,’ Cobb said in an email to The Hill.”
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s involvement with Russia during the 2016 election. The plea is a sign of trouble for Trump and the White House.
Flynn, who was close with Trump during the campaign, has said that he is cooperating with Mueller’s investigative team.
This could result in damaging information being revealed about the president, including if Trump attempted to obstruct justice in the FBI’s Russia investigation.
Trump may have been trying to signal to Flynn that its possible he could receive a legal reprieve if he protects him and his family.
Before departing for Quantico, Va., Trump spoke about the issue in a brief interview with The Hill.
“‘I can say this, when you look at what’s going on with the FBI and with the Justice Department, people are very, very angry,’ he said.