Donald Trump’s latest angry tweet has legally cost himself executive privilege with White House staff

Earlier this week Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to answer a number of questions about his conversations with Donald Trump, pointing to the possibility that Trump might end up deciding to invoke executive privilege. But based on an angry and surreal tweet which Trump posted this morning, he’s now cost himself executive privilege with everyone involved.

This morning Donald Trump tweeted “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt” (link). But by choosing to publicly discuss the private conversations he had with his administration about the firing of James Comey, he just legally waived executive privilege for those conversations whether he realized it or not. That’s not merely our view; it’s coming from a legal expert.

Congressman Ted Lieu, who has a legal degree and a history as an Air Force JAG prosecutor, posted the following in response to Trump’s tweets: “The more Donald Trump tweets, the less executive privilege the White House will be able to assert, if any by now.” Then he added “I agree with you Donald Trump. Please don’t stop tweeting about the witch hunt. Thank you for waiving executive privilege with your tweets.” Lieu also went on to point out that Trump “went on national TV & said he was firing Comey ‘regardless of recommendation’ because of Russia probe. We have it on tape.”

This means that, in legal terms, Donald Trump can not invoke executive privilege with regard to these conversations going forward. Thus his staffers will be legally required to discuss these conversations if and when they’re asked about it under oath, by Congress or by the Special Counsel. This is not the first time Trump has made this mistake; he also waived executive privilege with Comey himself by tweeting about their conversations. This allowed Comey to testify about it in public hearings. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report


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10 Comments

  1. C Georgeson on June 16, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Spy Hunt!

  2. Claudia on June 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    LMAO. Keep tweeting POTUS!! I love it , you just keep making your hole deeper!let me know when you are done, I will be happy to help cover you up!

  3. Candace Love on June 16, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Keep on jabber-jawing on Twitter, Comrade President, this is really getting interesting now.

  4. Scott on June 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Oh, he’s just ‘new to this’. So, he gets a pass.

  5. Donna Johnson on June 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    What a stupid man, not knowing anything about our politics he is digging a deeper hole for himself, please continue so we can get your lousy ass out of our White House and take all the trash with you!!!!!

  6. Pam Manabe on June 16, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Jag attorneys are some of the best and most adept on all aspects of law!

  7. Steve Anderson on June 17, 2017 at 4:01 am

    A whole lot of stupid people are saying that nothing will come of this.

    That many stupid people couldn’t possibly be wrong…

    Could they?!?

    • Meghan Rose Minor on June 19, 2017 at 2:25 am

      Well, that many stupid people voted for Trump in the first place, and now look where we are, lol.

  8. J DesOrmeaux on June 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    DT is his own worst enemy!

  9. Leslie Fowler on June 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    And he complains about Hillary’s email? He much much worse. I remember reading O’Bamas personal something (cellphone?) being taken away when he became President. Why do these parties complain about the other one if they are doing the same darn thing?

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