Is President Trump trying to silence former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn? That’s what it certainly looks like.
There’s currently a federal investigation ongoing into his working as a foreign national at the same time he accepted the position of national security advisor. Flynn said that he would talk about what he knows further but wanted “immunity” from Congress first. He’s now refusing to divulge documents to Congress after having been subpoenaed for them.
Now – White House sources are telling the Daily Beast that Trump wants to re-hire Flynn when the investigation is complete. He also reached out to Flynn and told him to “stay strong.”
One former FBI official and a second government official said Trump thought he “owed” Flynn for what happened to him. And, the two even stay in touch according to multiple White House and administration sources.
What does Flynn have on Trump?
“The last thing [the White House] would want is an allegation of conspiracy, witness tampering or coordination,” national security attorney Mark Zaid said. “If Flynn is going to be indicted, or certainly under investigation, then I would want the president to be as far away from him as possible.”
Practically every advisor of Trump has warned him against the idea, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring Trump.
Trump has “expressed his hopes that a resolution of the FBI’s investigation in Flynn’s favor might allow Flynn to rejoin the White House in some capacity,” said the sources.
“Trump feels really, really, really, bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back,” one White House official was quoted as saying.
Let’s not forget the history here: Flynn was fired by Trump for not being 100% truthful with Vice President Pence about the nature of his talks with Russian government officials. Trump claims he didn’t know about it, but Flynn was Trump’s right-hand man on the matters. How did Trump not know?
It appears that Flynn was just the fall guy in the ordeal, and there’s considerable evidence that points to that. For instance, Trump chose not to fire Flynn after the Justice Department warned him about possible Russian collusion. Trump waited 19 days to make the decision. He only fired Flynn after the media got wind of the story. And, even after that, Trump regretted firing him, saying he was a “good guy.”
Trump even asked former FBI Director James Comey to reportedly drop the investigation into Flynn, as revealed by his internal memos on his conversations with Trump.
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