There is a lot of attention being given to Trump’s tweet about the lies of Michael Flynn. The immediate knee-jerk reaction from the Democrats and the alt-left was this was a tacit admission of obstruction.
According to the President’s lawyer, nothing could be further from the truth than that accusation. In fact, it sounds like the lawyer drafted that tweet himself. Now if the lawyer did that and it was done on purpose, what is the game plan? Lawyers rarely do anything that is not planned and scripted.
As Written by Mike Allen for Axios:
Dowd says he drafted this weekend’s Trump tweet that many thought strengthened the case for obstruction: The tweet suggested Trump knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when he was fired, raising new questions about the later firing of FBI Director James Comey.
- Dowd: “The tweet did not admit obstruction. That is an ignorant and arrogant assertion.”
Why it matters: Trump’s legal team is clearly setting the stage to say the president cannot be charged with any of the core crimes discussed in the Russia probe: collusion and obstruction. Presumably, you wouldn’t preemptively make these arguments unless you felt there was a chance charges are coming.
- One top D.C. lawyer told me that obstruction is usually an ancillary charge rather than a principal one, such as aquid pro quo between the Trump campaign and Russians……
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