President Donald Trump said Monday that he feels “very badly” for his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who pled guilty last week to lying to the FBI regarding his communications with Russia.
“I feel badly for General Flynn. I feel very badly. He's led a very strong life, and I feel very badly,” Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One at the White House.
Trump then quickly pivoted to comparing Flynn's guilty plea to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. “Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI, nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and they destroyed his life,” Trump said. “It's very unfair.”
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In 2016, the FBI did not find that Clinton lied during her interview with investigators in July of that year, instead, clearing her of any criminal activity following an investigation into her use of a private email server. However, former FBI Director Jame Comey did say that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information.
More fuel was provided to critics of Clinton and the investigation into her email over the weekend when it was revealed that an FBI agent, who also worked on the email server investigation, had been fired over anti-Trump text messages.
Fox News has reported that the Justice Department is reviewing the role the fired FBI agent played in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.