"I don't want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet", Trump told reporters outside the White House before departing for the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in nearby Quantico, Virginia. "We'll see what happens". "There is no finer institution than the FBI and no finer people than the men and women who work there and are its very beating heart".
Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, who has faced Mr Trump's wrath after recusing himself from the Russia probe, distanced himself from Mr Trump's criticism of the bureau, saying he did not share a view the FBI, "is not functioning at a high level all over the country". "That NBC News hears about the contents of this classified conversation due to an inappropriate leak is a news story".
Bash pressed his point home by adding, "To have warned the FBI would have been to expose their own conduct, the campaign's own conduct, and that is something that Bob Mueller will be very, very interested in".
President Trump's administration, as well as a large majority of the Republican Party, have been targeting the credibility of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Ousted FBI agents working on the Russia investigation made negative comments about both Trump and Democrats: Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who apparently were also having an affair, were both removed from the Mueller investigation after texts disparaging Trump - along with 2016 Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley - surfaced.
Democrats and never-Trumpers thought that they could roll over Trump during the latest presidential election.
Trump has also taken aim at the FBI and intelligence officials calling them "political hacks" - remarks that triggered fierce backlash. I have nothing to do with Russia. "Everybody knows it", Trump asserted.
Earlier this week, two sources said that Germany's biggest bank had been subpoenaed for records. Strzok, a widely respected special agent, now has been elevated by the far-right media machine into an archfiend who unfairly exonerated Hillary Clinton and framed Trump.
This should trouble anyone who cares about the integrity of the Justice Department. "After that consultation, senior career ethics advisers determined that there were no legal or ethical concerns, including under the Privacy Act, that prohibited the release of the information to the public either by members of Congress or by the Department".
This is not how the Diversity Visa Lottery program works, however. His close advisers "pleaded" with him to publicly acknowledge the findings in the report. In fact, to judge by his public pronouncements, Trump is only in favor of enforcing the law against black and brown people.