The Trump administration is pulling out all the stops in their ridiculous excuses for the president’s stunning admission of guilt via Twitter in the case of when he knew the Mike Flynn was lying to the FBI, and whether it constitutes obstruction of justice, since he asked James Comey, the FBI Director he fired, to stop pursuing Flynn.
Let’s forget for a moment that Trump admitted on live television that his justification for firing Comey was, in fact, that he wouldn’t drop the Russia investigation, because that’s already obstruction of justice, but it doesn’t seem to have been a strong enough case to fire his ass yet.
In the latest debacle, the tweet that Trump sent is problematic in many ways for him:
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
As described above, if Trump knew that Flynn was lying and then he asked Comey to stop investigating him, it’s clearly obstruction. But there’s also the idea that if Trump knew Flynn had lied to the FBI and didn’t report it, that’s a crime of its own.
So Team Trump sent in a lawyer to fall on his sword: John Dowd claims that in fact HE authored the tweet above. But they didn’t think very far ahead, because that presents its own problem. The White House has never walked back claims that the president’s tweets are “official statements,” as Sean Spicer claimed in June. That means that John Dowd was either:
That’s it. Those are the three options.
Obviously somebody told these clowns about that cock-up as well, because now Dowd is out there saying the most ridiculous thing yet — that it isn’t possible for the president to 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.”
That sounds pretty familiar.
Aside from the fact that it’s complete bullshit,
Dowd is serving baloney 4breakfast. Courts REGULARLY regularly consider otherwise lawful conduct BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS to be obstruction if undertaken with corrupt intent–MANY examples (see e.g. page 76-77): https://t.co/v0lDIfNJMd https://t.co/H9RwpJzRO4
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) December 4, 2017
…there’s also the fact that Article Three in the impeachment of Bill Clinton — which totally happened, he just wasn’t convicted by the Senate — was literally obstruction of justice:
For reference, one of the Articles of Impeachment against Bill Clinton: “The president obstructed justice in an effort to delay, impede, cover up and conceal the existence of evidence related to the Jones case.” https://t.co/4AVE57cFn8
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 4, 2017
They’re getting desperate now, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.
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