As Michael Flynn’s three-year legal drama nears its end, some of President Trump’s allies are hyping a new job for the ousted national security adviser: campaign surrogate.
“He’s the perfect example of deep-state victimization,” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told Politico. “Great surrogate — lots of people would come to see him.”
Flynn, a former three-star general who headed the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration, was one of Trump’s most vociferous boosters ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
He was known for leading anti-Hillary Clinton chants of “Lock her up!” during the Republican National Convention that year — and in the years since has become a martyr-like figure for many in Trump’s base, after being prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller for lying to the FBI and pleading guilty.
The campaign has not spoken directly with Flynn about stumping for Trump, an official told Politico. But three people close to the re-election effort said they would welcome his return once he is free of the threat of jail time.
The plan would get a major boost if Joe Biden chooses former National Security Adviser Susan Rice as his running mate, another Trump adviser said.
In that case, Flynn “would be our No. 1 draft pick to open President Trump’s rallies,” the adviser said, after recently revealed documents implicated both Biden and Rice in efforts to snoop on Flynn during the transition period before Trump took office.
Flynn would play up “his own experience with the deep state that Biden and Rice would do everything to protect,” the adviser said.
Some Republicans warned that a focus on Flynn would be a backward-looking move for an incumbent who is struggling to expand his appeal.
“All it does is cement the fact that Donald Trump is running a base campaign, just mining for his voters,” GOP strategist Susan del Percio told The Post. “He keeps looking back at what happened four years ago. But he is the establishment now, whether he likes it or not.”
Additional reporting by Jon Levine
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