President Donald Trump addressed the guilty plea by former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Trump says that he feels “badly” for Flynn.
“‘Well, I feel badly for Gen. Flynn. I feel very badly. He’s led a very strong life. I feel very badly,’ Trump said when reporters asked about Flynn on the White House South Lawn.”
Trump also said that Flynn is receiving a worse treatment for what he describes as similar actions done by Hillary Clinton.
‘Hillary Clinton, on the Fourth of July weekend, went to the FBI, not under oath. It was the most incredible thing anyone’s ever seen. She’s lied many times. Nothing happened to her,’ he alleged. ‘Flynn lied, and it’s like they ruined his life. It’s very unfair.'”
On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI.
As for Clinton, the FBI concluded that charges were not warranted against her in July. Agents found no evidence that Clinton knowingly sent or received classified information through a personal email server. FBI officials even reopened the case in October, right before the election, and announced on Nov. 6 that there was no reason to change their July decision.
These were not Trump’s first comments on Flynn’s guilty plea. On Saturday, a reporter asked Trump if he was afraid of what Flynn might tell special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump responded saying that he was not worried.
“‘No, I’m not. What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion. There has been absolutely no collusion.’
‘So we’re very happy, and frankly, last night was one of the big nights,’ he added, apparently referring to the Senate’s overnight passage of the GOP tax overhaul.
Asked then whether he still stood behind Flynn, Trump said, ‘We’ll see what happens.'”
Trump tweeted Saturday about Flynn that raised some questions saying that he “had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.”
Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd told ABC News that Dowd drafted the tweet. The statement was corroborated by a source that called the tweet “sloppy.”