Trump Hints at Pardon for Flynn

Trump Hints at Pardon for Flynn December 16, 2017

After an appearance at the FBI training facility, which took some chutzpah to make after all of his disparaging remarks about the agency, Donald Trump clearly hinted at a possible pardon for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

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President Trump offered a characteristically noncommittal — but suggestive — comment Friday about pardoning Michael Flynn.

“I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet,” Trump said. “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.”

This is pure Trump, from the “we’ll see what happens” (something he often says to build anticipation, usually unfulfilled later) to the “people are…” framing. It’s never him, mind you, it’s all those unnamed other people, the same ones, no doubt, who are always calling him and telling him how amazing he is and how they agree with whatever stupid thing he said that virtually everyone thinks is appalling. But he’s also clearly laying the groundwork for a possible pardon. Whether he actually does it or not is an open question, but he’s obviously considering it and you know he’d do it in a heartbeat if he thought it would help him (or if he has a random gut feeling, or is throwing a tantrum at any given moment, etc.).

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