Mike Pence would welcome ex-NSA Mike Flynn back to Trump White House after lying charges dropped by DOJ – The Sun

MIKE Pence has said he would welcome Michael Flynn back into the Trump administration after the Department of Justice dropped charges against the ex-national security chief for lying to the FBI.

The Vice President told Axios on Friday that he would "be happy to see Michael Flynn again."

Pence also said that he would welcome the idea of Flynn returning to the government, and would "certainly consider" bringing him back onto the Trump administration, according to the outlet.

"I think General Michael Flynn is an American patriot," Pence said during the interview in Iowa.

"And for my part, I'd be happy to see Michael Flynn again."

It was announced last week that Flynn, who had been charged with lying to the FBI about his contact with Russia, is set to have his case dropped by the DoJ.

Donald Trump (L) jokes with Gen. Michael Flynn as they speak at a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport

Trump fired Flynn in February 2017, less than a month into his role as NSA, after it was revealed he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI about his December 2016 conversation with Russia's ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

At the time of the call Flynn had already been tapped to be Donald Trump's NSA.

Flynn eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to the FBI about his December 2016 conversation.

A rebuke by Judge Emmet Sullivan ultimately led Flynn to ask for a delay to his sentencing, a delay which dragged on and on until Flynn fired his original attorneys and hired Sidney Powell, who had long been an advocate of his.

Powell worked to get Flynn's guilty plea withdrawn, leading to documents being unearthed that showed prosecutors had threatened Flynn's son, who had just become a father, with prosecution, if Flynn didn't take the plea.

The turnaround drew immediate praise from Trump, who has long claimed Flynn was railroaded while attacking prosecutors he said were on a "witch hunt".

Trump said: "I felt it was going to happen. He’s an innocent man, a great gentleman.

"I hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price because they're dishonest, crooked people. 

He was targeted by the Obama administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a president… they're scum, they're human scum

"They're scum and I say it a lot, they're scum, they're human scum. 

"He is a great gentleman. He was targeted by the Obama administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a president.

He added: 'The Obama administration Justice Department was a disgrace and they got caught. 

"They got caught. Very dishonest people. But much more than — it's treason, it's treason."

On Friday, the president reiterated his sentiments, and tweeted: "Yesterday was a BIG day for Justice in the USA.

"Congratulations to General Flynn, and many others. I do believe there is MUCH more to come!

"Dirty Cops and Crooked Politicians do not go well together!"

Documents also recently made public from the FBI suggested the agents involved in his January 2017 interview — including anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok — set out for the meeting with the goal either to get Flynn fired from the Trump administration or elicit a statement the FBI could use to charge him with. Comments made later by fired ex-FBI Director James Comey were highlighted to back up the notion that Flynn's interview was specifically designed to get him out of the White House, one way or another.

Comey responded to the Flynn news on Twitter, writing: "The DOJ has lost its way. But, career people: please stay because America needs you. The country is hungry for honest, competent leadership."

Further evidence showed the 302 file agents filled out from Flynn's interview had been edited by multiple individuals before being officially entered in the bureau's system.

Flynn, a retired United State Army Lieutenant General, had previously been the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration.

During his time at DIA, however, he'd rankled several Obama officials due to his intention to audit clandestine activity and his stated opposition to the administration's Syria policy.

Those issues ultimately led to his abrupt end leading that agency and, eventually, led to his work during the 2016 presidential campaign as an adviser to Trump.

Flynn reacted to the news in a rather low key way, tweeting a photograph of his grandson and saying "justice for all".

He was even briefly touted as a potential candidate to be selected as Vice President, before settling into the likely NSA role.

The decision is the latest dramatic turn in a years-old case full of twists and turns. In recent months, his attorneys have leveled a series of allegations about the FBIs actions and asked to withdraw his guilty plea. A judge has rejected most of the claims and not ruled on others, including the bid to revoke the plea.

The decision comes as Barr has increasingly challenged the Russia investigation, saying in a television interview last month that it was started without any basis. In February, he overruled a decision by prosecutors in the Roger Stone case in favor of a more lenient recommended sentence for the longtime Trump friend.

Earlier this year, he appointed Jensen, of St. Louis, to investigate the handling of Flynn's case.

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