Hillary Clinton suggested Tuesday that Michael Flynn, who resigned as national security adviser Monday night, deserved to lose his job because he spread “fake news” about her during last year’s presidential campaign.
According to Politico, the former Democratic nominee shared with her Twitter followers a tweet by Phillippe Reines, who has long served as an adviser to the Clintons. He slammed Flynn and Michael Flynn Jr. for circulating a false conspiracy theory that Clinton was part of a child-sex ring based at the Comet Ping Pong pizza parlor in Washington, D.C. A North Carolina man, who said he believed the ridiculous story, opened fire inside the restaurant but did not injure anyone.
Reines tweeted: “Dear Mike Flynn and Mike Flynn Jr., What goes around COMETS around.” He provided a link to a Domino’s job advertisement and wrote: “Given your pizza obsession ….” Clinton responded by tweeting: “Phillippe’s got his own way of saying things, but he has a point about the real consequences of fake news.”
Ben Rhodes, who was President Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, joined in condemning Flynn on Twitter. “When campaign chairman and NSA both resign over Russia ties there is more,” he wrote. “Manafort and Flynn had nothing in common except Russia and Trump.” Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, resigned in August when it became known that he had worked for a Ukrainian leader allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to CNN, Flynn was forced to step down because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials when he denied having met with a Russian ambassador in December. Flynn and the envoy reportedly discussed how a Trump administration would improve relations with Russia by repealing economic sanctions that Obama imposed.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren weighed in on the controversy by calling for a congressional investigation of the administration’s “disturbing ties to Russia.” She declared on Twitter that “Flynn’s blinding religious hatred & shady Russian ties disqualified him as NSA on day one.”
The Massachusetts Democrat continued: “His removal is a win for American values, but American national security demands that we not allow Michael Flynn to become a scapegoat.” She warned that “this isn’t a game.”