Donald Trump advisor Jason Miller took a pop at Hillary Clinton by joking she will be the next person to be pardoned after Michael Flynn.
Miller, who was a senior advisor for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, responded on Twitter to the news of the former National Security Advisor’s pardon by the President on Wednesday.
NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell tweeted: ‘A full pardon for the disgraced ex National Security Advisor. Who’s next?’
Donald Trump advisor Jason Miller took a pop at Hillary Clinton by joking she will be the next person to be pardoned after Michael Flynn
Miller, who was a senior advisor for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, responded on Twitter to the news of the former National Security Advisor’s pardon
Miller replied: ‘Crooked Hillary.’
Clinton has never been charged of a crime so could not be pardoned, but many Republicans and Trump supporters wanted her arrested for her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.
The issue became a key sticking point during her 2016 election campaign, and Trump often repeated the slogan ‘lock her up’ at his rallies.
He also said in one of the 2016 debates that if he became President, he’d put Clinton in jail.
Trump coined the nickname Crooked Hillary to disparage his rival and it was quickly adopted by his supporters.
Clinton has never been charged of a crime so could not be pardoned, but many Republicans and Trump supporters wanted her arrested
Miller’s joke came after Trump pardoned Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his calls with the Russian ambassador, only to later seek to withdraw the plea.
‘It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!’ Trump wrote on Twitter. ‘Have a great life General Flynn!’
‘We are forever appreciative to President Trump for giving back to Michael his freedom in undoing a hideous wrong,’ Flynn’s family said in a statement shared on his Twitter account.
‘Let it be heard across this great country and around the world that tyranny will not topple us. Masks will not silence us. Threats will not stop us. Evil will not triumph. We are Americans,’ the statement added.
President Trump says he has pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser. Flynn is seen above with his lawyer Sidney Powell in September
Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, also thanked Trump and called the case against Flynn ‘one of the most egregious injustices I’ve witnessed in American history.’
‘Enough was enough. We had passed the point of proving General Flynn’s innocence, all of the evidence we’ve gotten since I joined the case shows that, and it was high time that he be exonerated of all these charges,’ Powell told Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs.
Trump announced Flynn’s pardon minutes after calling into a hearing-style event where he said he ‘won’ the election and called for it to be ‘overturned.’
Flynn is the second Russia probe figure to get relief, after longtime Trump advisor Roger Stone, who avoided jail time after Trump granted him clemency.
‘It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon,’ Trump tweeted on Wednesday
Trump has long championed Flynn and used his prosecution to make the case that the FBI ‘spied’ on his campaign – although back in 2017 he fired Flynn after just weeks on the job after it was revealed he did not disclose his contacts with Russia’s former ambassador to the U.S. to Vice President Mike Pence.
In a tweet almost three years ago – long before the Mueller probe Flynn cooperated with would wrap up and the House would impeach him, Trump wrote: ‘I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!’
Flynn was on the job for just 24 days before Trump fired him.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigator would later speak to his utility and cooperation in their investigation of the Russia probe.
The information he lied about concerned his contacts with then Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.