During an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro — his first interview since he was pardoned by President Donald Trump — Flynn said, “I must have put the fear of god into Barack Obama and probably still do because of this four-year long saga that they put me, my family through, President Donald J. Trump and his family and frankly the entire country.”
Flynn served as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama until he was fired in 2014.
He went on to claim that Obama urged Trump not to hire Flynn because it would reveal policy “blunders” that occurred during the Obama administration.
He said, “When [Trump] chose me to be the national security advisor they knew that their little plan of spying on Donald Trump would fall apart and many other foreign policy blunders they got our country into, whether it was the Iran deal, issues going on in the Asian-pacific theater, trade, all sorts of issues that were in play that the last administration did to frankly run this country right into the ground.”
“They knew those were the types of things I was aware of. Let’s face it. Barack Obama appointed me twice. I was Senate confirmed twice during the time I was in the military … So it’s amazing that would be what he would focus on during the transition for the United States of America. It’s outrageous, actually.”
Flynn served as Trump’s national security adviser for 25 days in 2017.
He later pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents. But earlier this year, he sought to withdraw his guilty plea.
The Department of Justice moved to drop its prosecution of Flynn in May, but the judge handling the case fought to prevent the department from doing so.
However, just a day before Thanksgiving, Trump announced he had pardoned Flynn, as IJR reported.