President Donald Trump told reporters Monday morning that he feels “very badly” for Michael Flynn, his onetime national security adviser who pleaded guilty last week to making a false statement to the FBI and is cooperating with the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump, who spoke briefly with the White House press pool before boarding Marine One to begin a day trip to Utah, suggested Flynn has been treated unfairly compared with 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Well, 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. Nothing happened to her. Flynn lied, and they destroyed his life. I think it’s a shame,” Trump said. “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 lied many times, nothing happened to her. Flynn lied and it’s like they ruined his live. It’s very unfair.”
Clinton was interviewed over the Fourth of July holiday weekend in 2015 as part of the FBI’s investigation into her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. Despite Trump’s assertion, then-FBI Director James Comey told the House Oversight Committee in July 2016, that Clinton had not lied during her interactions with the bureau.