One-time National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn opened up on Fox News, revealing he has his eye set on former President Barack Obama while speaking with network host Jeanine Pirro.
He addressed an alleged warning Obama gave to then-President-elect Donald Trump during an Oval Office meeting shortly after the 2016 election about North Korea and hiring Flynn.
And he declared, “I must have put the fear of god into Barack Obama and probably still do because of this four-year long saga that they put me, my family through, President Donald J. Trump and his family and frankly the entire country.”
Also referring to his role as a subject of the FBI’s Russia investigation, Flynn said he hoped somebody would ‘pin’ Obama down and get some answers. “One of these days I will lay it out.”
In addition, he previously had been picked by Obama to serve as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012. Yet Flynn got pushed out after clashing with Obama-era DNI James Clapper among others.
“Let’s face it. Barack Obama appointed me twice. I was Senate confirmed twice during the time I was in the military. So it’s amazing that that would be what he would focus on during the transition for the United States of America. It’s outrageous, actually,”
Flynn served as NSA under Pres. Trump for less than a month in early 2017. Following that Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI after being targeted by ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Subsequently he shifted gears and swore his innocence. As he argued the FBI had set him up.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to drop all charges against him in May. Though Judge Emmet Sullivan balked at the plan. Trump then moved to pardon Flynn in November.
No question, Flynn will be taking new liberties now with his newfound freedom.
Democrats immediately condemned Trump’s pardon of Michael Flynn. Rep. Adam Schiff called Trump pardoning Flynn “crooked.”
“Donald Trump has abused the pardon power to reward his friends and political allies and protect those who lie to cover up for him,” Schiff, said in a statement.
“This time, Trump has once again abused the pardon power to reward Michael Flynn, who chose loyalty to Trump over loyalty to his country.”
“It’s no surprise that Trump would go out just as he came in — crooked to the end,” Schiff added.
Rep. Jerry Nadler also shared his criticism of the pardon.
“This pardon is undeserved, unprincipled, and one more stain on President Trump’s rapidly diminishing legacy,” Nadler said in a statement.
“This pardon is part of a pattern,” Nadler continued. “We saw it before, in the Roger Stone case — where President Trump granted clemency to protect an individual who might have implicated the President in criminal misconduct. We may see it again before President Trump finally leaves office. These actions are an abuse of power and fundamentally undermine the rule of law.”
Flynn was a top advisor during Trump’s 2016 campaign and soon after was named Trump’s first national security advisor on November 18, 2016.
Just four days after Flynn started in his new White House position the Department of Justice’s then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates informed White House counsel Don McGahn that they were misled and he expressed serious concerns that Russia might try to blackmail Flynn.
On February 13, Flynn resigned after only serving in the position for less than a month. In a letter, he admitted that he did mislead Vice President Mike Pence about the content of his phone conversations with the Russian ambassador.
“Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador,” Flynn wrote in the letter. “I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”