President Donald Trump on Tuesday, July 14, said former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn won’t need a pardon and he would welcome Flynn back to the White House.

“He’s gone through hell. He’s been destroyed, but he’ll make a comeback,” President Trump told CBS News during an interview at the White House.

“I don’t think he’s going to need a pardon because he’s been proven to be innocent,” the president said. “I don’t think he’s going to need a pardon.”

Flynn served as the president’s first national security adviser during the transitional period, he was fired after The Washington Post published reports of his December 2016 calls with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn then pleaded guilty twice to making false statements to the FBI about the calls with Kislyak. He has since tried to withdraw that guilty plea, citing “bad faith” by the government and “breach of the plea agreement.”

The Justice Department moved to drop the criminal charge against Flynn on the grounds that his conversations with Kislyak were not “material” to any legitimate counterintelligence investigation. Recently released documents showed FBI officials trying o get Flynn to lie in interview or “get him fired.”

In June, a federal appeals court ordered Flynn’s case dismissed. However, Judge Emmet Sullivan, who sought to force the Justice Department to defend its decision to drop its case against Flynn, is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the dismissal. 

Additionally, FBI agents told the Justice Department that Flynn was “very open and forthcoming” in his interview and believed he was telling the truth about his contacts with Russia, according to handwritten notes that were turned over to Flynn’s defense team this month.

CBS’s senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge then asked President Trump if he would take Flynn back at the White House.

“I would. I think he’s a great gentleman, he’s a great—he’s been in the military for many, many decades, actually. Highly respected. What General Flynn went through is so unfair. And he’s still going through it,” the president answered.

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