Trump: No, I Don't Want to Talk About Pardoning Michael Flynn Yet

Posted: Dec 15, 2017 12:00 PM

Speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Friday morning, President Donald Trump was asked about potential plans to pardon former national security advisor General Michael Flynn. He said he doesn't want to address the issue right now, but has concerns about the current political environment at the FBI and DOJ. 

Q    About Michael Flynn -- would you consider a pardon for Michael Flynn?
THE PRESIDENT:  I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet.  We'll see what happens.  Let's see.  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.
Thank you very much, everybody.  Thank you.

Flynn was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador. 

According to the charging documents, Flynn "did willfully and knowingly make materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States."

Mueller's Special Counsel investigation has come under extra scrutiny in recent weeks after text messages emerged showing FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page calling Donald Trump a "loathsome human" and "idiot" during the 2016 presidential election. They also discussed having an "insurance policy" should Trump win the White House. 

Strzok was removed from the Special Counsel after working under Mueller for a little over one month and reassigned to the FBI's human resources department.