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Donald Trump: ‘Hillary lied many times to the FBI, nothing happened to her’
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President Donald Trump came to the defense of former national security adviser Mike Flynn on Monday and bashed Hillary Clinton, who he claims got away with lying “many times” to the FBI.
Speaking to reporters before leaving for a Utah trip, the president stated that while both Flynn and Clinton made false statements to the FBI, only Flynn faced consequences. Trump called the prosecution against Flynn “unfair.”
Trump: Flynn treated unfairly
“I will say this: Hillary Clinton lied many times to the FBI,” Trump said. “Nothing happened to her. Flynn lied, and they destroyed his life. I think it’s a shame. Hillary Clinton, on the 4th of July weekend, went to the FBI, not under oath.”
“It was the most incredible thing anyone’s ever seen. She lied many times. Nothing happened to her. Flynn lied, and it’s like they ruined his life. It’s very unfair.”
Trump’s characteristically hip-fire comments were not his first on the Flynn plea. Trump speculated on Twitter over the weekend whether a double-standard was at play in the Justice Department.
So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday “interrogation” with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times…and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
In a spate of weekend tweets, Trump provoked speculation about whether he was incriminating himself for obstruction of justice.
The president appeared to admit that he knew Flynn had lied to the DOJ when Trump allegedly asked James Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn’s Russia contacts. Trump’s lawyer, John Dowd, claimed responsibility for authoring the tweet.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
In another tweet, Trump denied having asked James Comey to drop the investigation. He fired Comey in May.
“I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!” he tweeted Sunday.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to making misleading statements to the FBI concerning his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the presidential transition. Flynn is cooperating with Mueller in his probe of alleged collusion between Trump and Russia.
Is the FBI biased?
The FBI interviewed Clinton in July of 2016 about her use of a private email server while secretary of state. Former FBI director James Comey eventually cleared Clinton, saying she was “extremely careless” and recommending no criminal charges.
“We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI,” then-FBI director James Comey said during congressional testimony in July 2016.
Recent revelations about the dismissal of a top FBI official from the Trump-Russia probe have raised doubts about the integrity of the Justice Department’s investigations into Trump and Clinton.
It was revealed Saturday that Peter Strzok, a top official in Mueller’s probe, had sent texts to an FBI lawyer that contained anti-Trump and pro-Clinton messages, prompting his dismissal from the probe in July.
Peter Strzok was a central figure in Mueller’s probe, the original investigation into Trump-Russia, and the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. Strzok allegedly helped Comey change critical language in his speech exonerating Clinton from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” and was present at the July 2, 2016 interview with Clinton.
On July 2, 2016, Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI…Present for the interview were Clinton’s attorneys as well as FBI Section Chief Peter Strzok https://t.co/TJbsDwcs2o pic.twitter.com/mE5sH9563e
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) December 4, 2017
Strzok also oversaw the FBI’s interviews of Flynn, lending credence to Trump’s assertion that the Justice Department has not been even-handed in its treatment of Clinton and Flynn.
Strzok is under review by the Inspector General for his role in the Clinton investigation.
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