House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) were embarrassed after excoriating former national security advisor Michael Flynn for tweets that were made by a parody account pretending to be him. They made the comments in a press conference Tuesday about Flynn's resignation from the Trump administration.
Cummings derided Flynn for the tweets, and said further investigation was needed into the matter.
"Something is wrong here," Cummings intoned, addressing Pelosi directly.
Madame Leader, just this morning, Flynn tweeted, and this is a quote: "scapegoat," end of quote. Scapegoat. He basically described himself as a scapegoat. And so I believe we need to hold a public hearing with Flynn to get to the bottom of this. Our committee held three or four hearings, emergency hearings on Hillary Clinton in the matter of a week or two. And if there is any emergency at this moment in the history of this country, this is the moment. And so we need to get his security clearance documents, I wanna see em. I wanna see what he put in those documents to find out if he was honest on those forms and we need to know how much he got paid to have dinner with Putin.
Nancy Pelosi explained at length the concept of a "scapegoat" to further toss calumny on Flynn's head.
Top Bimbo Dem Clown Pelosi CAUGHT
Citing Fake Flynn Tweet. Dem FakeNews !
Investigate Pelosi ! pic.twitter.com/T5bVsh2bqB
— Richard Weaving (@RichardWeaving) February 15, 2017
But I will say this I didn't know until I heard from my colleague that the tweet of General Flynn today was "scapegoat." Scapegoat. Do you know what a scapegoat is? That means in community where people want to absolve themselves of guilt they get a goat and they heap all of the ills onto the goat and then they run the goat out of town. So the inference that is to be drawn from his statement is that other people have blame that should be shared in all of this.
Reporters captured the moment Pelosi was told the tweets were fakes.
Aide tells Pelosi the "scapegoat" Flynn tweet was fake, "what do you mean it's fake?" She says. https://t.co/tLNQswqfpb— Ema O'Connor (@Ema O'Connor) 1487095090.0
It appears that the top Democrats got the tweets from the New York Times and Newsmax, who both published the tweets as being from the real Flynn. The tweets have not been deleted by the fake account:
While I accept full responsibility for my actions, I feel it is unfair that I have been made the sole scapegoat for what happened. (1/2)— Not Michael Flynn (@Not Michael Flynn) 1487055496.0
But if a scapegoat is what's needed for this Administration to continue to take this great nation forward, I am proud to do my duty.— Not Michael Flynn (@Not Michael Flynn) 1487055597.0
General Flynn resigned Monday after a long scandal involving contact he had made with the Russian government before the election. He denied that he had spoken about sanctions during the call and later said he wasn't sure if he had, embarrassing Vice President who had backed him publicly on the denial. A report surfaced that it was Obama officials wanting to defend the Iran Deal who orchestrated the leaks that eventually took down Flynn.