Hillary Clinton just delivered a wry response to Flynn resignation

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.

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Michael Flynn has resigned as Trump's national security adviser. KEEP SHOWING UP. Our resistance is working! #WhyIResist
Im sad #MichaelFlynn resigned but at the end President Trump did what he had to do and thats says everything.
Flynn's resignation CANNOT be end of the story. Who talked to who? When? Who knew? When? How far up did it go? How much of dossier true?
Well, not even a month in and the first resignation due to scandal, and I doubt it'll be the last.#MICHAELFLYNN
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If @POTUS knew of #MichaelFlynn and #Russia, then we are a country in crisis now.
Brian Williams goes there: "What did [Trump] know and when did he know it?" #flynn
Dear Mike Flynn & Mike Flynn Jr., What goes around COMETS around. And given your pizza obsession... https://t.co/rmyO7wyJKX xo Philippe
However welcomed General Flynn's resignation is, remember that President Trump's Russia connections and intentions… https://t.co/Trc2oMXDor
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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.

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.

The scandal was "not even paranoia, it's something immeasurably worse," said a Facebook post by Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper chamber of the Russian parliament.

"Either Trump hasn't found the necessary independence and he's been driven into a corner... or russophobia has permeated the new administration from top to bottom," he added.

Alexey Pushkov, a senator with the United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, said Flynn was "forced to go" because of "paranoia." Pushkov also labeled the incident a "witch hunt."

While the Kremlin's supporters piled in, the government itself remained neutral. Putin's spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, told state-run news agencies that the matter was "none of our business."

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Trump's own @DHSgov confirmed this weekend that the ban doesn't enhance security. But it foments fear & resentment. https://t.co/jbzGFBsKnF
With threats & hate crimes on rise, we shouldn't have to tell @POTUS to do his part. He must step up & speak out. https://t.co/QKKyXyuqNM
Congrats to @DNC chair @TomPerez & deputy @keithellison. Excited for strong, unified party standing for best of our country into the future.
Let resistance plus persistence equal progress…here was my message to Democrats today. https://t.co/7HpG7dDF6H
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the...Congress. https://t.co/TEAXDPEPrt
JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS.
If you're studying global health, or just want to feed your inner wonk, check out my wonderful daughter &… https://t.co/30VA9xJxNd
Thanks to Isolde Fair & her classmates for this inspiring song. I'm with YOU. 👏👏👏✨ Watch: https://t.co/3Gt7IbcAMn
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"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." So must we all. https://t.co/JXROGHPNkH
I'm one of 100 million #SuperBowl fans that just went #Gaga for the Lady, & her message to all of us. https://t.co/8AoNqjwr1b
At 103, Ruline Steininger had an energy & vibrancy all should aspire to. My thoughts & prayers are w/ her family. https://t.co/LQ1qozY3NH
What I'm thinking about today: Khizr Khan: https://t.co/wrHK7IkBrG And a vet who fought with those now excluded: https://t.co/4LhNIT8xVo
I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are.
.@MichaelNutter got a lot of great points into 140 characters here. We have to keep the momentum. https://t.co/Bd66lBPMEs
Scrolling through images of the #womensmarch is awe-inspiring. Hope it brought joy to others as it did to me. https://t.co/29oaMvk3hU
I stand w/ Nora Harren, a 17-year from Boise, ID, & every person marching for our values today. Onward! ✊✊🏾✊🏽✨… https://t.co/Zt8THPtAn8
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The holidays are a time to be thankful for our blessings. Let's rejoice in this season & look forward with renewed hope & determination. -H
I was greeted by this heartwarming display on the corner of my street today. Thank you to all of you who did this.… https://t.co/fWPOa4Bgzc
Hoping everyone has a safe & Happy Thanksgiving today, & quality time with family & friends. -H
"This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it." —Hillary
"Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time." —Hillary
“Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” —Hillary
"This is not the outcome we wanted. I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country."
"To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world."
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Back in the States, Democrats were scathing.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California said Flynn's resignation was "all but ordained the day he misled the country about his secret talks with the Russian ambassador." Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating the Trump campaign's alleged contacts with Russia.

And Reps. John Conyers of Michigan and Elijah Cummings of Maryland said in a joint statement that Flynn was "unfit" to be national security adviser.

Criticism also came from the other side of the aisle, with Texas Republican Rep. Bill Flores tweeting that he was "glad Michael Flynn is gone from White House. We need more sanctions on Russia, not fewer!"

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