Following former national security advisor Michael Flynn's guilty plea to charges of lying to the FBI, President Donald Trump told reporters he felt "very badly" for what has happened, calling Flynn's treatment "unfair".
"I think it's a shame," Trump said of Flynn's situation, adding that it's "very unfair" and that Flynn had "led a very strong life." Trump tried to contrast Flynn's treatment with that of his Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, whom he said "lied many times to the FBI and nothing happened."
"Flynn lied and they destroyed his life," Trump said.
The claim Trump asserted regarding Clinton is untrue, however.
Former FBI Director James Comey testified last year that agents found Clinton to be truthful in her interview, telling a House committee, "we have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI."
Trump has since gone on to attack the FBI on Twitter, suggesting the agency is in complete disarray:
Trump questioned the direction of the federal law enforcement agency and wrote that after Comey, whom Trump fired in May, the FBI's reputation is "in Tatters — worst in History!" He vowed to "bring it back to greatness." The president also retweeted a post saying new FBI Director Chris Wray "needs to clean house."