Trump wants Flynn back in the White House

Then-President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice briefed Flynn, who according to the McClatchy report "didn't hesitate" to tell her to hold off.

Flynn's lobbying firm, Flynn Intel Group, did lobbying work in the months leading up to his White House appointment that may have benefited the Turkish government, according to paperwork filed with the Justice Department in March on behalf of Flynn and his firm.

Flynn has continued to loyally defend Trump and stick to the administration's script, as best he can.

Another bombshell claim, also published by the Times and regarding the leaked Comey memo, alleges that Trump asked the former FBI Director to end his investigation into Flynn back in February.

The statements from Yates offered by far the most detailed account of the chain of events that led to Flynn's ouster as national security adviser in the first weeks of the Trump administration.

At the time, Trump said he fired Flynn because he misled senior administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his contacts with Russian officials. An extrusive Trump supporter, who spoke at the Republican National Convention in July, Flynn signed a $600,000 contract in August, and was hired to run a 90-day long smear campaign against Fethullah Gulen, a US -based cleric whom the increasingly authoritarian Turkish President Recep Erdoğan has accused of orchestrating a failed coup last summer. Trump is someone who prizes loyalty above all else. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

This is one of those stories that'll be dismissed as "FAKE NEWS!" and then, if Trump actually does re-appoint Flynn to something, the spin will change instantly to "Awesome!" And Flynn was there nearly from the very beginning - blasting the Republican establishment, leading the "lock her up" chants against Hillary Clinton and, generally speaking, doing whatever was asked of him by Trump. And he stood by Trump during the fallout from the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Trump boasted of sexual improprieties, even as many Republicans (at least temporarily) retracted their endorsements of him.

Since he resigned, Flynn - who denies wrongdoing - has retained a lawyer and offered to testify in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

"These are two men who bonded on the campaign trail", a Flynn associate told Yahoo. They were together so much during the campaign that Flynn became family.

The network cited unnamed sources who said that the Russians saw Flynn as an ally. "He did not want to be National Security Adviser", Michael Ledeen, a friend of the retired Army general, told The Daily Beast on Thursday.

Flynn left little doubt about the answer.

That loyalty has strained Trump's relationship with Flynn's replacement, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Politico reported.

  • Jack Mann