The WH Just Entered ‘Cover-Up’ Territory. Look At What They’re Trying To Pull Off Now
President Trump’s Saturday tweet about firing Michael Flynn from his position as national security adviser has draw a lot of attention from political and legal experts, with some calling it an “admission of obstruction of justice.”
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
Trump was reacting to the report that Flynn had entered a guilty plea, in which the former national security adviser said he lied to the FBI about conversations he had with Russian officials during the transition and disclosed that he is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.
The tweet immediately caught the attention of legal experts and lawmakers, who questioned whether Trump knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when the President asked then-FBI Director James Comey to let the investigation into Flynn go.
Walter Shaub, a former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, also responded on Twitter to Trump’s tweet, writing: “…just couldn’t resist commenting on Flynn. Are you ADMITTING you knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when you asked Comey to back off Flynn?”
Shaub later added, “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?”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted, “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?”
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
“THIS IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE,” Lieu tweeted. “@POTUS now admits he KNEW Michael Flynn lied to the FBI. Yet Trump tried to influence or stop the FBI investigation on #Flynn.”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 2, 2017
Former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, Dan Pfeiffer, tweeted, “If Trump keeps admitting to obstructing justice, Ty Cobb might be right that the Mueller investigation may wrap up sooner than we think.”
Cobb is the White House special counsel overseeing the legal and media response to the Russia investigation.
If Trump keeps admitting to obstructing justice, Ty Cobb might be right that the Mueller investigation may wrap up sooner than we think https://t.co/4lKCKyE3Ce
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) December 2, 2017
Now, in an effort to contain swirling legal hole that is threatening to swallow the erratic president, the White House has gone into scrambling mode and is trying to pull off the mother of all alibis:
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, is now saying he was the one who wrote the tweet that raises questions about whether Trump obstructed justice, CNN reports.
Dowd told the News Network on Sunday that he wrote the tweet for the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account about the firing of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, and that White House social media director Dan Scavino posted it online.
But he declined to answer additional questions about whether Trump reviewed the tweet before it was posted.
“Enough already,” he told CNN. “I don’t feed the haters.”
Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the transition and disclosed that he is cooperating with the special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.
Dowd claimed the President’s tweet “was a paraphrase” of Cobb’s statement Friday on Flynn’s guilty plea.
However, Cobb’s statement on Friday does not say anything about Flynn’s lies to the FBI being a factor in his firing. That statement reads:
“Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI. The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”