His legal team is trying to clean up this mess — by claiming he didn’t even write the tweet.
Did President Donald Trump accidentally admit to obstruction of justice over the weekend?
All through Friday, the president hadn’t yet tweeted about the news that his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had agreed to a plea deal in the Russia investigation.
By midday Saturday, though, he could maintain his silence no longer:
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
At first glance, this tweet might seem to be just another typically boisterous Trump denial of wrongdoing. But many soon observed that it could be deeply problematic for the president’s legal defense.
The issue here is Trump’s apparent admission that he fired Flynn in part because he “lied to” the FBI — something Trump has not said in the past. Lying to the FBI is a crime, so if Trump knew Flynn had done that before firing him, that would suggest he knew Flynn committed a crime.
And if Trump knew Flynn committed a crime, his subsequent urgings to then-FBI Director James Comey to “let” the Flynn investigation “go” look even more like obstruction of justice than they already did.
So it’s not surprising that soon enough, Trump’s legal team tried to clean up the mess — by claiming both that Trump didn’t even write the tweet, and that the wording in it wasn’t quite right.
But this attempted cleanup is only raising more questions about the murky circumstances behind Flynn’s actions during the transition, and his ultimate firing — and just Read More Here