Vice President Mike Pence said he would welcome the return of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to President Trumps administration after the Justice Department last week dropped criminal charges against the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
“I think Gen. Michael Flynn is an American patriot,” Pence said during an interview with Axios on HBO in Iowa on Friday. “He served his country with great distinction in uniform, and now I believe the decision the Justice Department lays bare what was clearly prosecutorial abuse. And for my part, Id be happy to see Michael Flynn again.”
Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to one count of lying during a Jan. 24, 2017, interview with the FBI about his interactions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office, which the Department of Justice (DOJ) has since said “seems to have been undertaken only to elicit those very false statements and thereby criminalize Mr. Flynn.”
Flynns plea formed part of special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The DOJ on May 7 dropped its case against Flynn and condemned the FBIs work after the former national security adviser to President Trump, who in recent months moved to withdraw his plea of guilt, said that his former lawyers misled him on their conflict of interest and the FBI withheld a number of documents.
“The government has concluded that the interview of Mr. Flynn was untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBIs counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn—a no longer justifiably predicated investigation that the FBI had, in the Bureaus own words, prepared to close because it had yielded an absence of any derogatory information,” said Timothy Shea, interim U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, in his May 6 motion to dismiss.
Pences comments come after President Trump last month said he would “certainly consider” rehiring Flynn, adding that he expected him to be “fully exonerated” and to be “capable of coming back,” but did not state in wRead More From Source