If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: The man can’t get out of his own way.
Trump’s inability to just say, “No comment” or to even just stay away from sensitive issues that could affect him personally, and in a negative way could be leading him straight to ruin.
In a Saturday tweet, Trump commented on the news of his former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.
So why are some people saying this tweet could open up those obstruction charges?
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 first part of that tweet is significant, noted Benjamin Wittes, who is editor in chief of Lawfare, because Trump for the first time suggested that he knew about Flynn’s “legal jeopardy” in February, when Flynn was let go from the Trump administration for lying about his contacts with the Russians.
Furthermore, one day after Flynn’s ouster, Trump pressed then-FBI Director Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, according to testimony from Comey.
“There are a number of issues Mueller would have to resolve if there is to be any obstruction of justice case. One of them — and it’s not by any means the only one — is state of mind on Trump’s part,” Wittes wrote on Twitter.
Former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub brought up several points on his Twitter account.
Calm down, cowboy.
You may be completely right, but it seems there’s a few details being overlooked.
Any obstruction charges could hinge on whether Comey’s claims that Trump asked him to let Flynn go can be proven.
Right now, it seems to be Comey’s word (and his detailed memos) against Trump.
Will that be enough?
Many have suggested that it’s only a matter of time before Trump tweets himself into a lot of trouble, and they may be right. We just can’t assume that time is this time, however.