President Trump in his interview with the Fox News correspondent, Sean Hannity, denied pardoning Michael Flynn and all those charged during the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
This was Trump’s first interview after the verdict on Mueller investigation. On Wednesday night during the one-on-one interview that lasted for 45 minutes, a lot was discussed. Trump spoke about many things, including the role of Attorney General William P. Barr and Fox News.
Robert S. Mueller, the special counsel who investigated president Trump’s part in the Russian interference in 2016 presidential elections, found the president “not guilty”.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser of Trump, was charged for lying to the federal agents. He lied about his meeting with the Russian Ambassador about post-election sanctions imposed by the President Obama. He pleaded guilty in December 2017.
President Trump in his interview with Hannity, criticized various officials of FBI and CIA. He called the FBI as “dirty cops”, previous FBI director James B. Comey as “a terrible guy”, and former CIA director John O. Brennan as a “sick person”. However, Trump praised Barr a lot, citing him as “a great gentleman” and said “had he been there initially, this all wouldn’t have happened”.
When asked about his stance on forgiving former NSA Michael Flynn, he said, “Many, many people were incredibly hurt by this whole scam…I don’t want to talk about pardons now, but I can say it’s so sad on so many levels.”
He mentioned that until the verdict was released, he was extremely suspicious as “you know, maybe they would take a sentence from here and a sentence from there”.
Trump also said that all the files associated with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders would be “absolutely” publicized. He went on to claim that the FBI used these orders to track the communications of Carter Page, his former adviser.
During the interview, he also mentioned the work on border wall, and that he will be visiting the US-Mexico border in California next week. He talked about health policies without going into any specific changes, but guaranteed, “We’re going to do great. We’re going to have great health care”.
There is a possibility that Trump isn’t ready to pardon Michael Flynn because of the criticality of the issue, which is linked with Russia, and can backfire on him anytime – becoming a major political controversy. Also, with the recent verdict of not being involved in the collusion, it might not be a good time for Trump to proceed with granting pardon to Flynn or other aides involved.
Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has left no point to bemuse Americans with his decision-making skills.