Hillary Clinton suggested Tuesday that Michael Flynn got what he deserved when he lost his job as national security adviser the previous day.
Politico reported that the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee accused Flynn of spreading “fake news” about her during the White House race. Clinton shared with her Twitter followers a tweet by one of her veteran aides, Phillippe Reines, who noted that Flynn and his son circulated a false report that Clinton was involved in a child sex-trafficking operation based at the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C.
“What goes around COMETS around, and given your pizza obsession ….” Reines wrote, with a link to a Domino’s job posting. Clinton responded: “Phillippe’s got his way of saying things, but he has a point about the real consequences of fake news.”
According to Politico, Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration, blasted Flynn for his links to the Russian government. “When campaign chairman and NSA both resign over Russia ties there is more,” the former aide tweeted. “Manafort and Flynn had nothing in common except Russia and Trump.” Rhodes was referring to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who stepped down when it became known he had worked for a Ukrainian official allied with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Flynn offered his resignation to Trump on Monday night, due to the scandal involving his December meeting with a Russian ambassador, CNN reported. According to the Justice Department, Flynn was not truthful when he “misled” Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about his activities. Federal investigators suggested the Russian government may have incriminating information it could use to blackmail the national security adviser.
“I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador,” Flynn wrote. “I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology. I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way.”