President Donald Trump told reporters late on Thursday afternoon that he will “certainly consider” bringing back former national security adviser Michael Flynn into his administration after bombshell FBI documents were unsealed this week that showed that the FBI discussed whether to use its interview with Flynn to “get him fired” and to “get him to lie.”
“General Flynn was under an enormous pressure and it was an artificial pressure because what they did to Genera Flynn was a disgrace, it was a total disgrace, it’s shocking,” Trump said. “What they tried to do to destroy him and to hurt this presidency was — there has never been anything like it. An absolute disgrace.”
A reporter then asked Trump, “are you going to pardon him and if so are you considering bringing him back into your administration?”
“Well, it looks like Michael Flynn would be exonerated based on everything I see,” Trump responded. “I’m not the judge, but I have a different type of power but I don’t know that anybody would have to use that power I think he’s exonerated. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“I think he’s a fine man, I think it’s terrible what they did to him,” Trump continued. “I would certainly consider it, yeah, I would. I think he is a fine man. I think he has got a great family.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 30, 2020
Trump’s remarks come after FBI documents were unsealed on Wednesday that showed that agents discussed using their interview with Flynn to “get him to lie” and to “get him fired.”
Fox News reported:
The handwritten notes — written by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Fox News is told — further suggested that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn “to admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.
The Logan Act is an obscure statute that has never been used in a criminal prosecution; enacted in 1799 in an era before telephones, it was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States government abroad.
On Thursday, additional documents were unsealed that showed that the FBI was going to close its investigation into Flynn in early January because they did not find any “derogatory” information on Flynn.
“Following the compilation of the above information, the CH team determined that CROSSFIRE RAZOR was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger CROSSFIRE HURRICANE umbrella case,” the FBI’s memo stated. “The FBI is closing this investigation. If new information is identified or reported to the FBI regarding the activities of CROSSFIRE RAZOR, the FBI will consider reopening the investigation if warranted.”
On the same day that the FBI wrote in an internal memo that they were closing the investigation into Flynn, disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok intervened to keep the investigation open.
Fox News reported:
Yet, on that same day — Jan. 4, 2017 — Strzok instructed the FBI case manager handling CROSSFIRE RAZOR to keep the investigation open. “Hey don’t close RAZOR,” Strzok texted an unidentified individual.
Strzok informed the FBI case manager that the FBI’s 7th floor was involved, referring to FBI leadership — and that they still “need to decide what to do with him [with respect to] the [REDACTED].”
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