In an interview with Axios, United States Vice President Mike Pence said that he would be happy to see former national security adviser, Michael Flynn in government again.
“For my part, I’d be happy to see Michael Flynn again," said Pence. He then continued to defend the Justice Department’s actions by saying “ … now I believe the decision by the Justice Department lays bare what was clearly prosecutorial abuse.”
President Donald Trump fired Flynn three years ago after he served as national security adviser for just 24 days.
Flynn was dismissed for misleading Pence about his dealings with Russia’s US ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the weeks before Trump took office.
Flynn had previously pleaded guilty twice for lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian contacts in late 2016. January of this year, Flynn withdrew his guilty plea.
On Thursday, the Justice Department dropped its criminal case against Flynn, sparking mass criticism from Democrats and those who believed Attorney General William Barr was improperly protecting Trump and his circle. Former US President Barack Obama also described the decision as one that endangered the rule of law in the nation.
Trump has been said to have grown emboldened after his acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial this February.
On Twitter, Trump called the Justice Department’s contentious abandonment of the charges “a BIG day for Justice in the USA. Congratulations to General Flynn, and many others. I do believe there is MUCH more to come!" This comes after Trump said that he would “certainly consider" bringing Flynn back into the administration on April 30.
The courts must still formally approve the Justice Department’s request. However, Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell told Fox News in an interview on Sunday she expected US District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington to sign off on the department’s request this week.