Trump’s press secretary denies any discussion of pardons for president’s family

President reported to be considering pardons for eldest children, Jared Kushner and Rudy Giuliani

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Wednesday 02 December 2020 19:26 GMT
Kayleigh McEnany denies any discussion of pardons for Trump's family
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Donald Trump’s press secretary has denied there has been any discussion of pardons for the president’s family.

Kayleigh McEnany insisted she had not heard any White House conversations about pardons except for former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

The outgoing president has been involved in conversations about preemptively pardoning family members and close associates, according to NBC News.

Mr Trump has reportedly discussed pardons for his three eldest children, Eric, Donald Jr and Ivanka, as well as Jared Kushner and Rudy Giuliani, according to the New York Times.

“I have heard no mention of any pardons in any conversations I have had in the White House other than the pardon of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn,” said Ms McEnany at her press briefing.

“He had his life ruined, he was a valiant hero who served his country on the battlefield then came to work in government.

“What happened to him was that there was an a FBI note that said they wanted to get him to lie, there then was a criminal leak of his identity and a phone call he had, he was told  no lawyers were needed in the discussion the FBI was having with him.

"FBI investigators then said afterwards they did not think he was lying yet he was still persued in an unjust manner. 

“It was an egregious miscarriage of justice and we are finally glad that justice was served for a war hero, Lt Gen Michael Flynn.”

Mr Trump gave Mr Flynn a “full pardon” last week despite the fact he twice pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. 

In July the president commuted the prison sentence of former campaign aide Roger Stone, who was convicted of obstructing the congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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