Trump again suggests he'd pardon those he thinks unfairly punished in feds' Russia collusion probe

'They’ve been treated extremely unfairly' - President Trump

Updated: July 24, 2020 - 12:45pm

President Trump on Thursday night again suggested he’d pardon associates he thinks were unjustly punished in the federal government’s probe into whether his 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia, hours after new revelations related to the probe.

"I’ve looked at a lot of different people,” the president told Fox News show host Sean Hannity. “They’ve been treated extremely unfairly, and I think I probably would, yes." 

Trump spoke hours after Just the News and other media outlets posted stories based on declassified documents that show the FBI planted an agent in the 2016 intelligence briefing for Trump, when he was the GOP presidential candidate, and Michael Flynn, who was then a campaign adviser.

The agent flagged Trump and Flynn’s words and reactions when discussing Russia, according to the documents. 

Trump on Thursday night didn't name anybody specifically. 

Among those punished in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s federal probe were Flynn, who became Trump's first national security adviser. 

Recently released declassified documents showing how the FBI handled the collusion case has resulted in Attorney General William Barr asking the courts to drop the federal government’s case against Flynn.

Those punished in the probe include former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and was sentenced to 14 days in prison; former  campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, now serving a prison sentence in connection with tax and bank fraud; and Michael Cohen, the president's former personal lawyer. 

Trump recently commuted the sentence of political adviser Roger Stone days before he was to report to a federal detention center. 


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