Trump says ex-national Flynn could return to administration

Trump says ex-national Flynn could return to administration

United States President Donald Trump said he'd consider getting back the former US on Thursday. National Security advisor Michael Flynn, a major figure in the investigation of Russia's 2016 election meddling, returned to his office, adding that he was tormented by "dirty cops."

The words of the president, the latest in a series of comments about Flynn, go beyond Trump's previous hints that a presidential pardon could be in order for the retired general.

“I would certainly consider it, yeah. I think he’s a fine man,” Trump told reporters, Without specifying which position Flynn might offer.

Flynn pleaded guilty in an indictment brought by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller for making false claims. He now maintains that he has not lied and that he wants to withdraw from the plea.

Internal FBI records handed over by the Justice department on Wednesday revealed FBI officials discussing whether and when to alert Flynn that he might face charges as they planned for an interview with him in the Russian probe in January 2017.

Trump blamed "dirty cops" for Flynn's plight, and said the records prove that Flynn is a victim.

“He’s in the process of being exonerated. If you look at those notes from yesterday, that was total exoneration,” Trump said.

Image: In this Dec. 18, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington.