Media Ignoring Evidence in Claiming Trump Tweet Shows Obstruction — Fake News

Media Ignoring Evidence in Claiming Trump Tweet Shows Obstruction — Fake News

First, he tried blaming himself. What, you didn't hear about the latest predator to fall on his sword?

President Donald Trump today again addressed the guilty plea by his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, saying he feels "badly" for Flynn.

John Dowd, the president's personal attorney, acknowledges that he composed the tweet and sent it to Dan Scavino, the White House social-media director, for posting. "That's obstruction of justice".

Certainly he does have that right, agreed former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter.

"We know that she lied numerous times, we know that she 'BleachBit-ed' and deleted 33,000 emails, we know that a majority of Americans in all polling say that she was neither honest nor trustworthy", Conway said.

Amid a rush of weekend tweets taking aim at targets old and new, President Donald Trump criticized the FBI and raised questions about the special prosecutor's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible ties to his campaign.

But what amounts to obstruction occurs when a "corrupt" intent is involved, Painter said.

As for the idea that the FBI's reputation is "in tatters", this comes on the heels of the president suggesting the bureau may have cooperated with a foreign adversary, in secret, in order to undermine him - an allegation for which Trump offered no proof. Protesters rallied against Trump's visit at the Capitol on Saturday. Still, given the importance of these conversations with the Russian ambassador, credulity is strained to the breaking point in believing somehow the buck stopped well short of the president-elect or after January 20 in the Oval Office. The Declaration of Independence charged King George III with "obstruct [ing] the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to the laws for establishing judiciary powers". The idea that Trump's lawyer drafted a self-incriminating tweet with no apparent upside while perfectly emulating Trump's tone is not particularly plausible.

That prosecution would only happen after he has left office.

But Nixon stands as an example of a president who did commit clearly illegal acts that led Congress to say he had obstructed justice.

That constitutes a waiver of the attorney-client privilege under settled law.

"My take is that the idea that Dowd should be disbarred is nonsense". Do they really think that Trump was merely concerned that Flynn - a former general known for disruptive behavior - couldn't handle the heat? The former president resigned in 1974, before impeachment proceedings could begin.

On "Fox & Friends", Kellyanne Conway said it's "disturbing and troubling" that an expert at the heart of the Clinton probe was "decidedly, definitively anti-Trump". "It's very frustrating to many law-abiding Americans who look up and always see a double standard, always see special exceptions for Hillary Clinton".

To be sure, the application of the obstruction statutes to the president raises complicated questions regarding the line between enforcement discretion and criminal obstruction.

"Dowd is serving baloney for breakfast".

That said, "everyone agrees that if the president shot somebody, he or she would be criminally prosecutable".

There is, of course, another option, which is to stop tweeting.

Dowd, a former partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, told first CNN and then Michael Allen at Axios that he wrote the tweet. As the FBI's No. 2 counter-terrorism official, Strzok helped start both of the investigations. And it's likely his cooperation is far-reaching.

"The tweet did not admit obstruction".

One intelligence official who works on Russian espionage matters said they were more determined than ever to pursue such cases.

Flynn arrives for a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington on Dec. 1.

Yes, lying to FBI agents about whether the conversation took place was wrong. "President, I rise to offer an amendment that from passage of this bill forward every time a GOP member cites the debt in this chamber an '80s sitcom laugh track be played'".

The Trump lawyer's defence recalled Nixon's infamous rationale during the 1977 Frost-Nixon interviews, revealing how he perceived presidential powers.

Then there's the White House, where the dynamics of upheaval are entering a crucial phase.

"That's just not true, that's not the way it works", Painter said.