Trump should pardon EVERYONE including himself and Joe Exotic after Michael Flynn to destroy ‘bloodlust’, says ally

DONALD Trump should extend pardons to EVERYONE including himself and eccentric tiger breeder Joe Exotic to quench the ‘bloodlust of the radical left’, according to one of his closest allies.

Outspoken conservative congressman Matt Gaetz has urged the outgoing US President to use his powers “effectively and robustly” to grant wholesale pardons to foil attempts by liberal activists to “come after the people who worked so hard to animate the Trump administration”.



In a TV interview with Fox News, Rep. Gaetz said: “President Trump should pardon Michael Flynn. He should pardon the Thanksgiving turkey. He should pardon everyone from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to.”

“You see from the radical left a bloodlust that will only be quenched if they come after the people who worked so hard to animate the Trump administration with the policies and the vigor and the effectiveness that delivered for the American people.”

Joe Exotic – also known as the Tiger King – is currently serving 22 years after a federal jury convicted him of hiring a hitman to kill his nemesis Carol Baskin.

There has been speculation that Trump could try to pardon himself pre-emptively to cover the possibility of prosecution after he leaves office.

The comments from the Florida Republican congressman follow fast on the heels of Trump’s pardon of ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn yesterday.

Trump announced Flynn’s pardon in a Tweet, claiming the original prosecution was an “attempt to subvert the 2016 election”.

Flynn, a retired general, was a trusted member of the campaign trail in 2016, but he served just 24 days in the White House.

Trump fired him for lying to Vice-President Mike Pence and the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador.

“I think the President ought to wield the presidential pardon power effectively and robustly,” added Rep. Gaetz.

In a statement shared to his Twitter account, Flynn's family said they are "forever appreciative to President Trump for giving back to Michael his freedom in undoing a hideous wrong."

"Let it be heard across this great country and around the world that tyranny will not topple us," their statement said. "Masks will not silence us. Threats will not stop us. Evil will not triumph. We are Americans."

Likewise, Flynn's attorney, Sidney Powell, described the case against her client as "one of the most egregious injustices I've witnessed in American history."

Trump is expected to offer pardons to a number of his key aides and allies before he leaves office on 20 January to make way for Democrat President-Elect Joe Biden.

He has already commuted the sentence of pal Roger Stone, a former campaign adviser who was due to spend more than three years in jail for lying under oath to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Other pardons he has granted using the presidential power during his time in office include an array of close pals and allies.

But Trump has been blasted by some for ‘abusing’ the power.

Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, called out the President’s “corrupt use” of the pardon to “insulate himself, his family, and his associates from criminal investigation”.

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