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Trump allies push for a new campaign opening act: Michael Flynn

• By ANITA KUMAR and GABBY ORR

Four years ago, Michael Flynn, an intelligence officer with a three-decade military career, became a MAGA star introducing Donald Trump at raucous campaign rallies.

Now, after a prolonged battle against what Trump's biggest supporters see as a rigged judicial system staffed by Obama-era bureaucrats, Flynn's status as a deep state-fighting warrior has only grown. And with Flynn on the verge of potentially having criminal charges dismissed altogether, Trump allies are pushing the campaign to give Flynn the ultimate comeback: hitting the campaign trail for the president, according to nine people inside or close to the Trump campaign.

"Great surrogate — lots of people would come to see him," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally. "He's the perfect example of deep state victimization. Pretty powerful."

Three people affiliated with the campaign said they would welcome Flynn back — perhaps reprising his role as an opening act at Trump rallies or a TV surrogate — between now and Election Day, although a Trump campaign official said the campaign has not approached Flynn about taking a formal position.

The move would bring Flynn back to where it all started in 2016, but this time emboldened by his journey — from little-known campaign surrogate, to White House national security adviser, to indicted Russia probe target, to, potentially, the man who defeated Robert Mueller's prosecutors.


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