President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has seemed to change his mind about what the implications are about immunity. After it was revealed that Michael Flynn was seeking immunity to testify before Congress on what he knew about Russia’s links to Trump and the country’s role in the 2016 presidential election, Trump jumped to the defense of his former adviser — who resigned after it was revealed he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials.
Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2017
But candidate Donald Trump held a different belief about immunity — that it was a sign of guilt. During the campaign, Trump spoke of immunity granted to Hillary Clinton’s former staffers at the Department of State — as part of an investigation that did not lead to criminal charges being filed against the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee — making it seem like people were dishing out dirt on Clinton, and that she would eventually be brought down by her former advisers.
Trump today: "Mike Flynn should ask for immunity"
Trump on Sep. 27th: "If you're not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for?" pic.twitter.com/t647jv6Htq
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 31, 2017
Immunity was also something Donald Trump used to hammer his opponent. On many occasions, he labeled Hillary Clinton a criminal.
ATTN: @HillaryClinton – Why did five of your staffers need FBI IMMUNITY?! #BigLeagueTruth #Debates
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2016
And yet in President Trump’s mind, the story should not be about involvement in our election by a country with which the U.S. has an adversarial relationship. He apparently believes the media should still be focused on Clinton: on her perceived failings as secretary of state, as a presidential candidate and as a person in general. He’s expressed these beliefs in a number of tweets since he took office two months ago.
This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians? Also, is it true that the DNC would not let the FBI in to look?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
Why doesn't Fake News talk about Podesta ties to Russia as covered by @FoxNews or money from Russia to Clinton – sale of Uranium?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017