CBS Interview: Trump Says He Would Bring Flynn Back To The White House
Flynn’s life has been turned upside down since he was fired by the administration in February, 2017. His removal was in response to a column written by David Ignatius, with The Washington Post, which referred to leaks of highly classified phone conversations between Flynn and former Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak in December, 2016. At the time, Ignatius said that Flynn discussed sanctions imposed by the Obama administration on Russia during the conversation. Ignatius also referred to a government official who stated that Flynn violated the obscure Logan Act law.
Flynn was then interviewed by FBI Special agents Peter Strzok, who has since been fired for malfeasance, and Joe Pientka, who is still with the bureau, at the White House in January, 2017. Prior to interviewing Flynn, however, the bureau had already decided that there was no evidence derogatory evidence what-so-ever against Flynn, or anyone connected to him.
Strzok, along with other senior Obama officials, however, kept a bureau investigation open on the three star general. He later pled guilty to Special Counsel Robert Mueller prosecutors for allegedly lying to the FBI agents during the White House interview. However, Flynn withdrew his plea and stated that he was coerced into pleading guilty after his family was threatened with being dragged into the prosecution. He’s since been exonerated by the Justice Department and an appeals court has asked Judge Emmett Sullivan, who is overseeing his case, to drop all charges against him.
And Trump has made it clear on numerous occasions that he believes that Flynn was railroaded. He told Herridge that he would welcome Flynn back to the White House.
“I would. I think he’s a great gentleman,” said Trump. “He’s a great — he’s been in the military for many, many decades, actually. Highly respected. What General Flynn went through is so unfair.”
Trump also said Flynn was a victim. He noted that FBI agents, like Strzok and others, politically targeted Flynn. The investigation against Flynn was an investigation built on lies to target his administration, Trump said.
Mueller’s probe found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and neither did numerous congressional investigations. However, there was an extraordinary amount of evidence revealing that the Democrats, Hillary Clinton campaign, along with senior members of the Obama administration had conspired to target Trump.
Moreover, Attorney General William Barr appointed Connecticut prosecutor John Durham to investigate the overwhelming evidence of the bureau’s malfeasance in the case. However, there are no known indictments as of yet.
Trump told CBS that he is letting Durham’s investigation continue without any intervention on his part saying, “I’ve totally taken myself out of it.”
“You have to understand,” said Trump regarding Flynn’s firing. “I was given information that he lied.”