President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted his support for his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, raising speculation that a pardon may be coming as Flynn’s lawyers released internal FBI documents to bolster their claim the FBI was trying to entrap him.
Trump has long said he is considering pardoning Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017. The president spent Wednesday night and Thursday morning retweeting supportive statements and a video Flynn tweeted of an American flag flapping in the wind.
“What happened to General Michael Flynn, a war hero, should never be allowed to happen to a citizen of the United States again!” Trump wrote Thursday morning as his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, was on Fox News Channel responding to the case.
What happened to General Michael Flynn, a war hero, should never be allowed to happen to a citizen of the United States again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2020
Conway said it would be up to Trump to make any announcement, but called Flynn’s treatment a “disgrace.”
Trump “has made very clear that he feels people around him are treated very unfairly, and in this case worse,” she said.
Lawyers for Flynn released internal FBI emails and handwritten notes on Wednesday documenting internal correspondence among FBI officials before Flynn’s interview with the bureau. They contend the documents bolster their allegations that Flynn was set up to lie when he was questioned at the White House three years ago. The notes show the officials grappling with how best to approach Flynn, how much information to provide him during an interview and what to do if he made a false statement.
We already knew that James Comey's FBI was out to get General Flynn and President Trump.— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) April 30, 2020
But it was worse than we thought.
Comey's failures were part of a larger pattern of misconduct and politicization at the FBI.
Durham is coming. pic.twitter.com/gLfW2n7zVI
🚨🚨 DEVELOPING…— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) April 29, 2020
Unsealed FBI notes reveal the intent of the FBI’s 1/24/17 interview of Flynn:
“What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute [Flynn] or get him fired?”
FBI Notes confirm it was all a pretext. pic.twitter.com/Y4IDyE4YZm
The Flynn documents are out. One line is as significant as it is shocking. Indeed, for those who have long seen a concerted effort to target the Trump Administration, the record fragment will read like a deep sea scroll of a deep state conspiracy.— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 30, 2020
#FLYNN docs just unsealed, including handwritten notes 1/24/2017 day of Flynn FBI interview. Transcript: “What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” Read transcript notes, copy original just filed. @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/8oqUok8i7m— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) April 29, 2020
What did FBI Director Christopher Wray know and when? And why has he been covering for these scum bags? https://t.co/VeHUQz7OHd— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 30, 2020
If you care about liberty, freedom, or corruption at the highest levels of the government, you have to care about Gen. Flynn’s story. The fact that FBI/DOJ leadership conspired against an American hero is unbelievable.https://t.co/TOgoBiSZuS— Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) April 30, 2020