WASHINGTON ― said Thursday that he would “consider” rehiring retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn if he is “exonerated,” as Trump’s first national security adviser seeks to withdraw his guilty plea for lying about conversations with the Russian ambassador.

“I would certainly consider it,” the president told reporters at the White House, adding that he might not even need to think about pardoning Flynn. “It looks to me like Michael Flynn would be exonerated, based on everything I’ve seen,” the president said.

Flynn pleaded guilty in federal court in December 2017, admitting that he had lied to investigators looking into his discussions with the Russian ambassador about economic sanctions, which at the time of the conversations had just been imposed by

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