Yesterday, Trump sent shockwaves through Washington D.C. when a tweet was sent from his account indicating that the President knew that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI and that’s why he was fired.
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
The issue arises because of the fact that, per the famous Comey memo, Trump pressed the former FBI Director to end the investigation into Flynn. If Trump knew that Flynn lied to the FBI and then attempted to subvert the FBI’s investigation into him (knowing full well of his crime), it could amount to obstruction of justice against the President.
“I’m out of the tweeting business,” Dowd said. “I did not mean to break news.”
Of course, the likelihood of Trump’s lawyer sending a tweet incorrectly using the word “pled” instead of “pleaded” is little to none. In the unlikely event that Dowd did misuse a basic legal term, perhaps the President of the United States of America should seek different counsel.
However, Dowd has a vested interest in posing as the author of that tweet, since it otherwise gives fodder to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Trump committing obstruction of justice.
On Friday, Mueller charged Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn with “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI. The fact that Flynn only faced a single charge suggests that the disgraced former national security adviser has been cooperating with or has already provided Mueller with information.
Flynn’s charge and subsequent guilty plea comes only weeks after previous charges were levied against three of Trump’s former aides, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his longtime associate and former campaign adviser Rick Gates, and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.
Papadopoulos has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and has been cooperating with investigators.
As Trump continues to compound his own problems with unvetted, frantic rants on Twitter, he is erasing any doubt regarding his complicity in obstructing justice. As Mueller closes in on Trump at breakneck speed, the President’s desperation is only helping the special counselor shape his case.