WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won’t say whether he is considering a pardon for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
On Friday, Trump told reporters, “I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet.” Trump spoke as he left the White House for a speech at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Va.
Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into potential collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.
Trump avoided a reporter’s question about when he knew that Flynn had made false statements to the FBI about his discussion of U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
After the president’s comments, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said, “There is no consideration at the White House of any pardon for Michael Flynn.”
Flynn attorney Robert Kelner did not respond to a request for comment.
This story has been corrected in the 2nd paragraph to show the quote is ‘for’ Michael Flynn, not ‘with’.