In a news conference on Sunday, President Donald Trump declined to divulge in response to a reporter’s questions whether he would pardon Roger Stone or Paul Manfort given the coronavirus risks in federal prison, but he didn’t mince words about the investigations that led to their conviction.
The president described pro-Hillary Clinton FBI executives — some of whom are CNN on-air contributors — that launched the probe and tried to railroad three Trump associates as “human scum.”
When the reporter raised the pardon issue, Trump had this to say:
“Well, I’ll just tell you this. Roger Stone was treated very unfairly. Paul Manafort — the black-book turned out to be a fraud. We learned that during the last weeks and months. They had a black-book that came out of Ukraine. Turned out to be a fraud…They convicted a man – turned out to be a fraud. General Flynn was a highly respected person and it turned out to be a scam on him. The FBI said he didn’t lie. And Mueller’s people wanted him to go to jail.”
In 2019, investigative reporter John Solomon, then with The Hill, wrote that the feds already knew that above-referenced black book, or black cash ledger, was likely a fake.
The president continued, making it clear that his beef was not with rank-and-file FBI agents in the field.
“So what am I going to do? You’ll find out what I’m going to do. I’m not going to say what I’m going to do. But I will tell you the whole thing turned out to be a scam. And it turned out to be a disgrace to our country. And it was a takedown of a duly elected president. And these people suffered greatly. General Flynn? I mean what they did to him…And no bigger fan of the FBI than me at the level of the people that really matter. But the top of the FBI was scum and what they did to General Flynn and you know it and everybody knows it was a disgrace…and now the tables are turned. Investigate the investigators, I guess…they’re scum. They’re human scum.”
Stone and Manafort, along with Gen. Michael Flynn, found themselves caught up in a politically motivated investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump team. This essentially was a ploy by the Deep State to overturn the 2016 election in part using an unverified, Russian-sourced dossier as a pretext to spy on the Trump campaign.
Stone was convicted of supposedly lying to Congress and witness tampering, but has not yet been taken into custody. Manafort, 71, was convicted of financial crimes unrelated to RussiaGate and is serving a 7-plus year prison sentence. Jailed since June 2018, Manafort’s lawyers have petitioned the Bureau of Prisons to allow him to serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
General Michael Flynn, who was left unmentioned by the reporter, is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea.
Trump previously called a federal judge’s decision denying Stone a new trial a “disgraceful situation.” Stone sought a new trial based on the jury forewoman’s prior anti-Trump, anti-Stone tweets.
Mueller turned out to be a figurehead in the probe which was run on a day-to-day basis by partisan Democrat prosecutors. Nonetheless, Mueller’s team was unable to find any interference by Moscow in the election.
Solomon claimed on Friday in an appearance with Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Network that indictments of a handful of corrupt FBI officials may be imminent.
FBI Corruption: @jsolomonReports says indictments may be coming this week in the FBI’s corrupt handling of the sham Russia collusion investigation. #AmericaFirst #KAG2020 #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/tVuBVXnr9b
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) April 17, 2020
The Department of Justice has tasked U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the investigators, as Trump alluded to, in the Russia situation.
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