Earlier today, Lord Donny made what could be a major error on his Twitter feed when he Tweeted the following:
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
If you noticed, a lot of lawyers and other knowledgeable pundits suggested that such a Tweet should be somewhat troublesome for Trump. For one thing, it contradicts the “official” reason Trump claimed he fired Flynn on February 13, which was that he had lied to Mike Pence – and only Mike Pence. In fact, when the Washington Post suggested a few days later that Flynn had also lied to the FBI, the White House denied it.
However, even more troubling – at least from Donny’s perspective – is that, if he’s telling the truth this time, it means Trump knew already that Flynn had lied to the FBI when he asked James Comey – you know, the FBI Chief – to go easy on Flynn a day after the firing, according to Comey’s written congressional testimony in June:
“The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, ‘He is a good guy and has been through a lot’. … He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go’.”
Trump’s Tweet is a clear admission of obstruction of justice. And while I am not a lawyer or an investigator, I’ll leave it to others more learned than I to reiterate.
There’s Rep. Adam Schiff:
If that is true, Mr. President, why did you wait so long to fire Flynn? Why did you fail to act until his lies were publicly exposed? And why did you pressure Director Comey to “let this go?” https://t.co/Ea4kOBpWPv
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 2, 2017
Then there is Ted Lieu:
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 2, 2017
And what about Walter Shaub, the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. This one is especially damning:
Tell us, @realDonaldTrump, did you know Flynn had lied to the FBI when Counsel to the President Don McGahn snubbed Yates as she tried to warn the White House Flynn had been compromised?
Did you know Flynn had lied to the FBI when you fired Yates days after her whistleblowing?
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 2, 2017
Someone at the White House must have noticed this immediately because the Washington Post is reporting now that John Dowd, Trump’s lawyer, wrote the Tweet and not Lord Donny. (Source) Of course, that may allow Trump a little bit of plausible deniability, but if true, it brings into question the competency of his legal team.
This is gonna be fun…
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