Trump stuck to his script as he was leaving the White House for Utah, but when he was asked about Mike Flynn, it all fell apart.
President Trump: "I feel badly for General 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." pic.twitter.com/xg8j3hZmGJ
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 4, 2017
When asked about Flynn, Trump said, “I feel badly for General 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. Hillary Clinton went to the FBI on the 4th of July weekend, not under oath, it was the most incredible thing that 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.”
That’s not how any of this works. Lying to the FBI is a crime. Period. Hillary Clinton never lied to the FBI, or she would have been charged with a crime. Trump is inventing a conspiracy that the FBI is pro-Hillary Clinton and out to get him.
Trump’s answer was crazy on so many levels, and his reflexive answer when he gets into any trouble at all is to retreat to Hillary Clinton happy place where he can either blame Clinton or accuse the world of being a Hillary Clinton conspiracy against him.
Trump also indicated that it should be ok to lie to the FBI, and he through the prosecution of Mike Flynn is being treated unfairly.
The President’s remarks aren’t a part of some cunning political strategy. Donald Trump is coming unglued. He is a president who is unraveling. The Russia scandal has broken Trump and pushed him to a whole new level of insane.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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