Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has called on President Donald Trump to pardon former General Mike Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Advisor, in a Thursday tweet.
“This is egregious and unacceptable behavior. I believe [President Trump] should pardon Gen. Flynn,” Paul wrote.
The tweet linked to an article in The Hill exposing FBI entrapment of Flynn. The article claimed the FBI counterintelligence director, who was involved in the investigation into Flynn, had written a note which suggested the goal was to get Flynn to lie so that he could be fired or prosecuted.
“What’s our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired” it said. “If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ & have them decide. Or, if he initially lies, then we present him [redacted] & he admits it, document for DOJ, & let them decide how to address it.”
The note suggests clear bias by the FBI agents investigating Flynn, and could well exonerate the general.
The President has long hinted that a pardon for Flynn could be coming.
“They tormented him. They destroyed him. But he’s going to come back,” Trump told reporters at a Thursday press conference.
On Tuesday, Trump even declined to rule out Flynn’s return to the administration when asked by reporters. Flynn’s return would be welcome for many libertarians, who share his support for diplomatic rapprochement with Russia.