Donald Trump has quite a day on Wednesday. After deciding not to attend a Republican meeting in Gettysburg, PA, he called attorney Rudy Giuliani’s phone. When the attorney put the phone to a microphone, Trump asked for the 2020 election results to be reversed.
After his widely mocked phone call, Trump decided to apologize to Michael Flynn. The embarrassed former national security adviser had previously pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Trump’s forgiveness came as no surprise to anyone. In fact, it was mostly expected. MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace put former FBI officer Frank Figliuzzi on the air to discuss the situation.
“While this doesn’t surprise anyone, here’s the deal,” began Figliuzzi. “Within Trump’s orbit, pardons go and will continue to go to the guilty and the dumb. And Michael Flynn was both. He pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and remained silent about what he knows, particularly Russia’s commitment to the campaign and to Trump. “
The former FBI official continued, “It also serves the Trump narrative to keep doing this and to apologize to Flynn because Trump has been saying all along that the system is against him, the judicial system has it for him. So the more he can do to undermine the judicial system, to show that he believes there must be errors – and errors that need to be exposed, the more he will do it. “
Check out a clip from Figliuzzi’s spot with Wallace below, courtesy of MSNBC:
“This does not surprise anyone … Forgiveness goes within Trump orbit and will continue to go to the guilty and the silent, and Michael Flynn was both: he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is silent about what he knows” – @ FrankFigliuzzi1 w / @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/IL1EFavZhc
– Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) November 25, 2020
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