Michael Flynn’s cooperation with the Russia probe seemed to unnerve President Donald Trump on Saturday night, and he lashed out at the FBI for ‘destroying’ the ex-adviser’s life.
‘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?’ Trump wrote.
‘Rigged system, or just a double standard?’
In a second tweet shortly after, Trump added: ‘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 tweets come the day after Flynn agreed to cooperate with the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about communicating with Russian ambassador and alleged spy Sergey Kislyak in December last year, before Trump stepped into office.
Critics say that violates the 1799 Logan Act, which forbids unauthorized Americans from representing the US government to foreign powers that are in dispute with the US.
On Friday claims emerged that senuor members of the Trump transition team, had identified Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, as the man who told him to liaise with Russia.
Trump’s tweets on Saturday see him returning – as often happens when he is under attack – to a rhetorical line that worked well during the elections.
He and his followers have long demanded that the police imprison Clinton for running her private email server, even turning ‘Lock her up!‘ into an election chant.
Clinton deleted 31,830 emails that she deemed ‘personal’ three weeks after receiving a congressional subpoena.
She also submitted to an interview with Comey regarding the email server during which Comey did not make her swear an oath.
In the interview she claimed not to have received classified emails, although in truth she had. Comey suggested that was because she was ‘not technically sophisticated’ enough to recognize them as such.
Also on Saturday, Trump wrote a tweet that led to accusations that he had obstructed the course of justice.
‘I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies,‘ his account tweeted.
‘It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!’