Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn may be about to rejoin President Donald Trump.
According to Fox News, “Trump allies” are “pushing” for Flynn to be part of the president’s 2020 reelection campaign.
It could happen
Fox went through a number of sources for its article, some named, some unnamed.
Fox reports, for example, that a campaign official said that “Flynn could appear on the campaign trail for the president, though no plans have been made.”
Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020’s Communications Director, also told the outlet that “Gen. Flynn is a great American,” and that including him in the 2020 campaign would be “an interesting idea.”
And, House Speaker Newt Gingrich recently gave his opinion during an interview with Politico. “Great surrogate—lots of people would come to see him,” Gingrich said of Flynn. “He’s the perfect example of deep state victimization. Pretty powerful.”
“Deep state victimization”
Indeed, as Gingrich says, Flynn is a perfect example of the workings of the “deep state,” which has been operating so as to take President Trump down. Flynn, in fact, appears to have been collateral damage.
Flynn was facing jail time for lying to the FBI back in January of 2017 when he was interviewed about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. These charges against Flynn, however, were recently dropped by Attorney General Barr and Department of Justice (DOJ), and there were good reasons for doing so.
First, it was discovered that the FBI had no evidence of wrongdoing against Flynn, and the agency was even going to close the investigation into him when anti-Trump agent Peter Strzok convinced his higher-ups to keep the investigation going. Thereafter, Flynn was interviewed, and we now know that the FBI went into the interview with the expressed purpose of trapping Flynn in a lie. Then, just recently, we learned that the FBI, although it was aware of inconsistencies between what Flynn said in the interview and the transcript of the Flynn-Kislyak conversation, nonetheless believed that Flynn was not intentionally lying to them.
These seem like pretty good reasons to dismiss the Flynn case, and that is what Barr and the DOJ have been trying to do. But, thanks to D.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, the case against Flynn is still ongoing – this is despite the fact that Sullivan was recently ordered by a higher court to basically do his job and dismiss the case.
If Flynn does join Trump, it wouldn’t be his first go-around campaigning. Back in 2016, in fact, Flynn was a regular on Trump’s campaign trail. That was before he became National Security Advisor, a position from which he had to resign after allegedly misleading White House officials about his Kislayak communications.
Flynn’s story would certainly resonate with a lot of Americans. We’ll have to see if the president welcomes him back.