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A look back at when Michael Flynn called for Hillary Clinton to be locked up

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn (right) with then-candidate Donald Trump.
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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn (right) with then-candidate Donald Trump.

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to one count of lying to the FBI during the bureau’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But back during the campaign, he was calling for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to be prosecuted, claiming if he did “a tenth of what she did,” he would be in jail.

Flynn took the stage during the Republican nominating convention last July in support of the party nominee, Donald Trump. He called Clinton a “reckless” person who believed she was above the law because of her use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of state.

“Lock her up. That’s right. Yeah, that’s right. Lock her up,” Flynn echoed as the crowd chanted the infamous slogan.

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“I have called on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race because she — she — put our nation’s security at extremely high risk with her careless use of a private e-mail server,” he said.

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The FBI launched an investigation into Clinton’s use of the server but concluded just days before the Republican convention that there was not enough evidence to bring charges against her.

“If I, a guy who knows this business, if I did a tenth, a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today,” Flynn said.