Mike Pence: 'I'd be happy' to see Michael Flynn back in the Trump administration
May 10, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Vice President Mike Pence said he would be "happy" to see President Donald Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn back in the administration years after Trump fired him for lying about his contacts with Russia.
Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence said he would be "happy" to see President Donald Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn back in the administration years after Trump fired him for lying about his contacts with Russia.
Flynn admitted before two separate judges that he lied to the FBI about his interactions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and subsequently, special counsel Robert Mueller flipped Flynn to cooperate during the course of the Russia investigation.
Flynn also admitted to lying to Pence about the matter.
However, the Justice Department announced on Thursday they were moving to drop the criminal case against Flynn.
During a pre-taped interview with Axios published Sunday, Pence was asked about bringing Flynn back into the Trump administration.
The President said in April that he would consider bringing back Flynn.
"I think Gen. Michael Flynn is an American patriot, he served this country with great distinction," Pence said in an excerpt of the interview.
Pence said in the interview that the decision by the Justice Department to drop the criminal case against Flynn "lays bare what was clearly prosecutorial abuse. "
In a 2017 telephone conversation before Trump took office, Flynn misled Pence over his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US, in which the two discussed election-related sanctions imposed on Russia.
After Flynn left the administration, Pence said he was "disappointed" by Flynn's actions and supported Trump's decision to ask for his resignation.
In its filing on Thursday, the Justice Department condemned the FBI's work when it interviewed Flynn in the West Wing in the first weeks of the Trump presidency.