President Donald Trump ripped the “double standard” in how 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was treated and how Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, was treated.
As part of his probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, special counsel Robert Mueller charged Flynn on Friday with one count of making false statements to the FBI. Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, pleaded guilty that same day.
Noting that Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI during the course of its investigation, Trump highlighted the investigation that dogged Clinton throughout her presidential bid regarding her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state under former President Barack Obama.
“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?” Trump tweeted.
“Many people in our Country are asking what the ‘Justice’ Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and ‘acid washed’ 33,000 Emails? No justice!” the president added.
Former FBI Director James Comey ultimately found that Clinton engaged in no criminal conduct, although he criticized her for being “extremely careless” in a statement issued in July 2016.
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey had said.
For his own part, Flynn released a statement Saturday in which he highlighted that it had been “extraordinarily painful” for him to endure “months of false accusations.”
“After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts,” Flynn said. “Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for.”
“But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right,” Flynn added. “My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”