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Trump on Flynn: "Human Scum" In Obama Justice Department Committed "Treason"

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President Donald Trump on Thursday accused the Obama-era Justice Department of "treason" following news that the DOJ will drop their case against former National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn. Trump called Flynn a "warrior" and warned that the "human scum" involved in bringing a case against him will "pay a price." The president also said the media was complicit in taking down Flynn and should return Pulitzer Prizes awarded for coverage of the Flynn-Russia probe.

"He was an innocent man," Trump said at a media availability with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. "He is a great gentleman, he was targeted by the Obama administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a President and what they have done is a disgrace and I hope a big price is going to be paid, a big price should be paid."

"I hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price because they are dishonest, crooked people. They are scum and I say it a lot, they are scum, they are human scum," the president told reporters.

"The Obama administration Justice Department was a disgrace and they got caught, they got caught, very dishonest people but much more than dishonest, it is treason, it is treason," Trump said. "So I am very happy for general Flynn. He was a great warrior and he still is a great warrior. Now in my book he is an even greater warrior."

"Who would you like to see pay a price for this?" a reporter asked.

"The people should pay a big price for what they have done to this country," Trump said. "They should pay a big price and their partner very complicit is a thing called the media. The media is totally guilty and all of those writers and so-called journalists, they are not journalists, they are thieves, all of those journalists that received a Pulitzer Prize should be forced to give those Pulitzer Prizes back because they were all wrong."

"Pulitzer Prizes should all be returned because you know what, they were given out falsely. It was fake news. They are all fake news, those Pulitzer Prizes should be given back immediately and the Pulitzer committee or whoever gives the prizes they are a disgrace unless they take those prizes back because they got Pulitzer Prizes for what turned out to be false stories and Pulitzer Prizes should be given to the ones that got it right and I can give you a long list of those names to and you know who I am talking about."

QUESTION: Mr. President, could we get your reaction to some breaking news? The Justice Department has decided to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn. Are you aware of that?

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP: I didn't know that was happening at this moment. I felt it was going to happen just by watching and seeing like everybody else does. He was an innocent man. He is a great gentleman, he was targeted by the Obama administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a President and what they have done is a disgrace and I hope a big price is going to be paid, a big price should be paid. There has never been anything like this in the history of our country. What they did, what the Obama administration did is unprecedented. It has never happened, never happened. A thing like this has never happened before in the history of our country and I hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price because they are dishonest, crooked people. They are scum and I say it a lot, they are scum, they are human scum. This should never have happened in this country. A duly elected President and they went after him by going after fine people and those fine people said no, I'm not going to lie, I can't lie. He's not the only one, there are many of them and they all said I can't lie. They could have said something like make up a lie, Trump love somebody or something or some country and they said you wouldn't have any problem. That is what they were trying to do and it is a disgrace. The Obama administration Justice Department was a disgrace and they got caught, they got caught, very dishonest people but much more than dishonest, it is treason, it is treason. So I am very happy for general Flynn. He was a great warrior and he still is a great warrior. Now in my book he is an even greater warrior. What happened to him should never happen again and what happened to this presidency to go through all of that and still do more than any President has ever done in the first three years is pretty amazing when you think of it with what we've done with regulations and tax cuts and Second Amendment and all of the things we have done it's never happened and until two months ago we have the greatest economy in history. Unfortunately, we had to--like you did in Texas we had to close it down but for these people to have done that I am very proud of general Flynn, I can tell you that right now.

QUESTION: Who would you like to see pay a price for this?

TRUMP: The people should pay a big price for what they have done to this country. They should pay a big price and their partner very complicit is a thing called the media. The media is totally guilty and all of those writers and so-called journalists, they are not journalist, they are thieves, all of those journalists that received a Pulitzer prize should be forced to give those Pulitzer prizes back because they were all wrong. There was no--because if you saw today more documents came out saying there was absolutely no collusion with Russia, came out very loud and clear and they wrote for years because they tried to do a number on the presidency and this President happen to be me. Pulitzer prizes should all be returned because you know what, they were given out falsely. It was fake news. They are all fake news, those Pulitzer prizes should be given back immediately and the Pulitzer committee or whoever gives the prizes they are a disgrace unless they take those prizes back because they got Pulitzer prizes for what turned out to be false stories and Pulitzer prizes should be given to the ones that got it right and I can give you a long list of those names to and you know who I am talking about.



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