Michael Flynn was among the harshest critics of Hillary Clinton's private email server during the presidential campaign. So it is hardly surprising that the former Democratic contender exacted a smidgen of wry revenge Tuesday after Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser.
The retired Army lieutenant general stepped down hours after it emerged the Justice Department had warned the White House it believed he could be subject to blackmail.
In his resignation letter, Flynn said the "fast pace of events" meant he provided "incomplete information" to Vice President Mike Pence and others about phone calls last year in which he discussed American sanctions with Russia's ambassador in Washington.
Flynn was a vocal critic of Clinton's private email server during the race, even joining the crowd's chant of "lock her up" at the Republican National Convention.
He also tweeted "U decide," alongside a link to fake-news story linking Clinton with money laundering and sex crimes with children.
His son, Michael G. Flynn, circulated another fake-news story tying the Clinton campaign to the so-called Pizzagate conspiracy theory, alleging in December that she had used the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C. to run a child sex-trafficking operation.
Clinton referenced all this in a wry message early Tuesday, in which she retweeted a joke by Philippe Reines, who worked for Clinton in both the Senate and State Department.
@HillaryClinton: Philippe's got his own way of saying things, but he has a point about the real consequences of fake news...
Reines played the part of Trump during the Clinton team's mock debates in the campaign.
U.S. officials have told NBC News that the FBI and CIA agree that Russia tried to meddle in the election to help Trump win. Flynn's critics, meanwhile, have worried that he was too close to Moscow.
Flynn does have supporters, however, with some Russian lawmakers coming to his defense Tuesday.