Three years after the Watergate scandal, former President Richard Nixon said on broadcast television, "Well, when the president does it, that means it's not illegal."
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.
Saturday morning, President Trump casually tweeted yet another, "I'm right and you're wrong," statement.
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.
This is arguably an admission of guilt, which Special Investigator Robert Mueller has surely saved in case it vanishes from the internet.
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.
As Dowd attempted to "clarify" in an exclusive interview with Axios:
[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.
Always best to end on a limerick.
H/T: Huffington Post
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