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Report: Trump Wants To Re-Hire Flynn, If Cleared

| by Michael Allen

President Donald Trump reportedly wants to re-hire Michael Flynn, who resigned from his national security adviser position on Feb. 13 after not disclosing his communications with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak.

Several unidentified sources close to the Trump administration and Flynn told The Daily Beast that Trump hopes to re-hire Flynn if the FBI clears him of wrongdoing.

Trump advisers inside and outside the White House have reportedly told Trump not to do it.

One White House official told The Daily Beast: "Trump feels really, really, really bad about firing him, and he genuinely thinks if the investigation is over Flynn can come back."

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A second government official and an ex-FBI official said Trump believes he owes Flynn, is set on clearing Flynn's name and wants him back in the White House.

The Daily Beast also reports that Trump originally pressured Flynn, who was "reluctant," to accept the job of national security adviser.

Flynn reportedly warned the president that he (Flynn) was under federal investigation for not disclosing his foreign lobbying efforts.

"[Flynn] did not want to be national security adviser," Michael Ledeen, a friend of Flynn, said. "He didn’t want to be in the government. He wanted to go back to private life, but Trump insisted on it."

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Two sources close to Flynn told Yahoo! News on May 18 that Flynn indicated to a small group of his friends on April 25 that he was still in touch with Trump: "I just got a message from the president to stay strong."

Two sources told The New York Times on May 17 that Flynn told Trump’s transition team weeks before the Jan. 20 inauguration that he was under federal investigation for working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the election.

Flynn reportedly told Donald McGahn II, head lawyer for Trump's transition team, about the investigation on Jan. 4.

On Jan. 6, Flynn's lawyer and lawyers for Trump's transition team also had a conversation. These conversations, if accurate, indicate the Trump team was aware of the investigation into Flynn much earlier than previously believed.

Trump kept Flynn as national security adviser even after acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the Trump administration that the Russians could blackmail Flynn over the lobbying issue.

Trump fired Yates on Jan. 30 and FBI James Comey on May 9.

Comey wrote in a memo that Trump attempted to get him to let go of the FBI investigation of Flynn, which legal experts say could possibly be considered obstruction of justice on Trump's part.

The White House refused to comment to The New York Times about Trump officials knowing about the investigation into Flynn before Trump's inauguration.

Sources: The Daily Beast, Yahoo! News, The New York Times / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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