Trump Twitter Meltdown: President Goes To War With FBI, Urges Suing ABC For “Bad Reporting”

Sunday, December 3, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Dec 3, 2017

This weekend may set a new record for number of Trump tweets and retweets. Starting with his congratulations on the Senate’s passage of Tax Reform, Trump has interacted no less than 17 times with his social platform, although things seemed to accelerate following his Saturday noon tweet in which Trump responded to Flynn’s plea agreement in which the president said that “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!”

The odd wording of that tweet – that he knew Flynn had lied to the FBI at the time of his firing – prompted many to speculate that it was prima facie admission of obstruction and interference – something Mueller is tasked with proving – and led to the unprecedented comment by Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, who said he drafted the president’s Saturday morning. Dowd told ABC News he wrote those words and had done so in a “sloppy” manner. A second source familiar with the matter corroborated his account.

The reason for Dowd’s comment is that Trump’s tweet seemed to “add a potentially explosive new dimension” to the ongoing investigation, because as ABC notes, if what Trump, or his lawyer, said is true, why then would Trump ask the FBI director to go easy on Flynn, as former FBI Director James Comey later testified? The message set off renewed talk of potential evidence of obstruction of justice.

As ABC further adds this morning, Dowd’s acknowledgment of involvement in the tweet means it is not clear whether the president did in fact know Flynn had lied to the FBI at the time of firing him — though one source familiar with the president’s thinking said Trump did not know. Administration officials have declined to comment on that matter, as well.

The unusual clarification by Dowd –-revealing that someone other than Trump himself had authored a tweet from his official account – could also be an attempt to tamp down on potential legal exposure from the message.

The president did not respond to shouted questions Saturday evening about Flynn’s firing as he returned home from campaign fundraisers in New York City.
While we expect Trump’s Saturday tweet to once again shape the news cycle for the next several days, at least until the inevitable and “distracting” war with North Korea finally begins, even as the debate rages what tweets does Trump personally publish and which are drafted by his lawyers, in what appears to have been an attempt to distract from the “confession” fallout, Trump went on a veritable twitter rampage on Saturday night, which has since continued into Sunday morning.

Late on Saturday, Trump launched a new attack on Hillary and the Justice Department over Hillary’s mishandling of emails, writing, “So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday “interrogation” with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times…and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?” He then continued: “Many people in our Country are asking what the “Justice” Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and “acid washed” 33,000 Emails? No justice!”

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