Talking to reporters, President Trump today sounded off on the new documents released on the Michael Flynn case and said “It looks to me like Michael Flynn will be exonerated.” In addition, Trump confirmed he’d consider bringing Flynn back into his administration.
Reporter: Would you consider bringing him back to your administration?
Trump: Well I think he’s a fine man. I think it’s terrible what they did to him. It’s something that nobody’s asked me but you’re asking me for the first time. I would certainly consider it.
BREAKING: President Trump says he would be open to bringing General Flynn back to his administration
"It looks to me like Michael Flynn will be exonerated.” pic.twitter.com/lOcrrngMC2
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 30, 2020
FoxNews reports the president on Thursday said he would “certainly consider” bringing Flynn back into his administration. “He’s a fine man,” he added. “Yeah, I would.” Trump declined to say in what capacity he might bring Flynn back, adding he hadn’t given much thought to the matter, but pointed to new evidence in the Flynn case revealed this week.
During the White House event, which was centered around the coronavirus pandemic, Trump announced that he was designating the month of May as Older Americans Month.
“I don’t know if I’m in that category. I have a feeling I am. But I feel good,” Trump said.
He called nursing homes a “weak spot” in the U.S. coronavirus response and outlined a plan to provide them with more PPE and at-home coronavirus testing and ensure more transparency in their containment strategies. “I guess you could call it a little bit of a weak spot, because things are happening at the nursing homes, and we’re not happy about that. We don’t want it to happen.”
As for the Flynn matter, more internal FBI documents unsealed Thursday indicate that Peter Strzok — the now-disgraced anti-Trump former head of FBI counterintelligence — ordered the investigation of former national security adviser Flynn to remain open even after it was slated to be closed due to a lack of so-called “derogatory” information.
The materials surfaced just a day after explosive FBI communications revealed that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing Flynn in the White House on January 24, 2017 — and openly questioned if their “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
Those handwritten notes — written by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap, Fox News is told — suggested that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn “to admit to breaking the Logan Act” when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period. The Logan Act has never been used in a criminal prosecution and has a questionable constitutional status; it was enacted in 1799 in an era before telephones, and was intended to prevent individuals from falsely claiming to represent the United States government abroad.
“What is our goal?” one of the notes read. “Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”
“If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ + have them decide,” another note read.
Republican lawmakers immediately sought justice for Flynn. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R.-Iowa, called on Attorney General Bill Barr to intervene in the case. Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Ky., called on the president to exonerate Flynn.
Trump announced last month, before the internal documents were released, that he was “strongly considering” pardoning his former national security adviser.