In a befuddling series of remarks on Monday morning, “Fox and Friends” host Brian Kilmeade appeared to defend former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn against charges that he lied to the FBI — which Flynn has already pleaded guilty to — by saying Flynn thought he was “talking among two buddies.”
“The other thing to keep in mind is we are getting more details why the FBI felt as though Lieutenant Colonel Michael Flynn might not have been lying,” he said. “It’s because he walked in, he shook their hands, he felt like one of the guys. He offered them a tour of the White House. He sat down there. They thought they were talking among two buddies. They used that to his advantage they said, ‘he had learned to believe the lies he was telling.’ Really? What a huge leap that is. He was convincing in the lies because he believed the lies he was telling. How does he do that? How does the Lieutenant General with 33 years of military experience feel that comfortable lying?”
It appears that Kilmeade was likely referencing new comments from Flynn’s lawyers that suggested Flynn only lied to the FBI because he was caught off-guard by their questioning. The special counsel’s office shot back at Flynn’s team for the accusation, but decided to maintain their recommendation that Flynn not receive jail time.
Kilmeade defends Flynn lying to the FBI: "They thought they were talking among two buddies!" pic.twitter.com/OhnKgxJNkt
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