WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump said on Monday it is very unfair that the life of his former security adviser Michael Flynn is being ruined for lying to the FBI.
“I feel badly for Gen. Flynn. I feel very badly. He’s led a very strong life, and I feel very badly. I will say this, Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI and nothing happened to her. Flynn lied, and they destroyed his life. I think it’s a shame,” Trump said in a brief statement to reporters.
“Hillary Clinton, on the Fourth of July weekend, went to the FBI, not under oath, it was the most incredible thing anybody has ever seen. She lied many times, nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and it’s like they ruined his life. It’s very unfair,” he said.
The statement, made before Trump left for Utah, came a day after he regretted on Twitter that Flynn admitted he was guilty of lying to the FBI last Friday.
Trump also expanded his remarks about Flynn’s difficulties on Twitter: “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
Flynn admitted last Friday at a court hearing in Washington before the special counsel, who is investigating the alleged interference of the Kremlin in the last US presidential election, that he lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.
Before flying to Utah, Trump told reporters who asked him about the breaking news that “there has been absolutely no collusion” between his campaign and the Kremlin.
Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak were in December 2016 about, among other topics, the sanctions that former President Barack Obama had imposed on Russia.”