Donald Trump decided that today would be a good day to defend himself with regard to Michael Flynn’s plea deal in the Trump-Russia scandal. Suffice it to say that Trump didn’t run it past his attorneys first, and wasn’t thinking clearly at all, because by the time he was done tweeting, he’d begun unwittingly revealing the details of his Trump-Russia crime spree and attempted coverup. Stunned reactions came in from legal experts and political pundits across the board.
All along, Trump had publicly asserted that he forced Michael Flynn to resign because Flynn had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of his phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. But when Trump snapped on Twitter this morning, he tweeted this instead: “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!”
If Trump knew that Flynn had committed the crime of lying to the FBI when he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to let Flynn off the hook, then Trump committed obstruction of justice. So this means that Trump just publicly confessed on Twitter to a felony. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell responded to Trump with “We now have a winner for most self destructive tweet in history! A confession to obstruction of justice. Trump urged Comey to let Flynn go knowing Flynn was guilty.”
Congressman Ted Lieu, also an Air Force JAG prosecutor, replied “THIS IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. POTUS now admits he KNEW Michael Flynn lied to the FBI. Yet Trump tried to influence or stop the FBI investigation on Flynn.” Matthew Miller, formerly of the Department of Justice, replied “Never tweet. Especially if you’re going to tweet an admission to a crime.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report