President Donald Trump said Thursday that Michael Flynn, his former national security advisor and a convicted felon, had been “tormented” by “dirty, filthy cops” at the FBI.
Trump’s exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta in the Oval Office this Thursday came hours after he sent more than a dozen tweets and retweets supporting Flynn and decrying the FBI’s handling of his criminal case.
Acosta asked Trump if he is considering pardoning Flynn before citing tweets from 2017 where Trump announced that he had fired Flynn because he “lied to the Vice President and the FBI.”
“Right at the beginning of the administration, the dirty cops came in,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, appearing to reference new documents that were revealed in Flynn’s case Wednesday night. “And, you see the notes, Jim — whether you’re on our side, that side, whatever, I mean, I assume — let’s all talk about fairness — what they did do General Flynn, and by the way, to Roger Stone and to others, was a disaster and a disgrace, and it should never be allowed to happen in this country again.”
“They were trying to force him to lie,” Trump said.
“General Flynn is a fine man,” Trump said. “You don’t get to where he is by being bad … he’s in the process of being exonerated.”
“These were dirty, filthy cops at the top of the FBI,” Trump added.