Even as dozens of White House officials were serving prison sentences for crimes related to the Watergate break-in and cover up, these words were as close as Nixon ever came to an admission of guilt. Despite all his crookery, he was a consistent politician. Well, let the circle be unbroken — the Trump administration has just issued its first self-incriminating Nixonian proclamation.
That's the President of the United States telling his followers (and the rest of the world) that he knew his adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI back in February and then in May asked then-FBI director James Comey to stop investigating Flynn.
Right. Then Trump's lawyer John Dowd swooped in to make the argument that whatever Trump does is fine because Trump is basically America's top cop and what he does is fine but either way it's fine you guys.
[The] President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case.
So the White House accepts that there has been lawbreaking and an abuse of power, but the President's lawyer is saying that he can't break the law because he is the law? Got it.
This isn't even where the fun ends. Dowd also went on to say that he wrote that tweet. According to the Washington Post, "Dowd confirmed Sunday that he had drafted the tweet for Trump and acknowledged that it was sloppily worded." Who here believes that Trump is handing his phone to anyone else in the world? But that may not matter.
In light of John Dowd taking credit for writing this tweet, remember what Sean Spicer on June 6 about Trump tweets: "The president is President of the United States, so they are considered official statements by the president of the United States." https://t.co/biHO1dr2yx— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 4, 2017
Mueller can put Dowd under oath and ask if he wrote every word of that tweet. Dowd's press releases—if that's what the tweet was—aren't privileged. Mueller may be limited in the other questions he can ask, but he can ask that. If Dowd says no, his yes, yesterday, was Obstruction.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) December 4, 2017
John Dowd seems to contradict himself in the explanation he gave to @axios about the Trump tweet.— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) December 3, 2017
First he says he drafted the tweet, in which Trump says he fired Flynn because he lied to the FBI.
Then he says that Trump didn’t know at the time that Flynn had lied to the FBI. pic.twitter.com/4CQJy813hJ
Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd— Limericking (@Limericking) December 4, 2017
Is very astute & high-browed.
When you are the pres,
This gentleman says,
Obstruction, in fact, is allowed
Always best to end on a limerick.
H/T: Huffington Post