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Trump tweets about Russia probe spark warnings from lawmakers

A series of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump about the investigation into contacts between his 2016 campaign and Russia prompted concerns on Sunday among both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham saying Trump could be wading into "peril" by commenting on the probe.
"I would just say this with the president: There's an ongoing criminal investigation," Graham said on the CBS program "Face the Nation."
"You tweet and comment regarding ongoing criminal investigations at your own peril," he added.
On Sunday morning, Trump wrote on Twitter that he never asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, the president's former national security adviser - a statement at odds with an account Comey himself has given.
That tweet followed one on Saturday in which Trump said: "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President (Mike Pence) and the FBI."
Legal experts and some Democratic lawmakers said if Trump knew Flynn lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and then pressured Comey not to investigate him, that could bolster a charge of obstruction of justice.
Trump's attorney, John Dowd, told Reuters in an interview on Sunday that he had drafted the Saturday tweet and made “a mistake” when he composed it.
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“The mistake was I should have put the lying to the FBI in a separate line referencing his plea,” Dowd said. “Instead, I put it together and it made all you guys go crazy. A tweet is a shorthand."
Dowd said the first time the president knew for a fact that Flynn lied to the FBI was when he was charged.
Dowd also clouded the issue by saying that then-Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates informed White House counsel Don McGahn in January that Flynn told FBI agents the same thing he told Pence, and that McGahn reported his conversation with Yates to Trump. He said Yates did not characterize Flynn’s conduct as a legal violation.
Dowd said it was the first and last time he would craft a tweet for the president.
"I’ll take responsibility,” he said. “I’m sorry I misled people.”
Yates did not respond to an email seeking comment, and a lawyer for McGahn did not respond to requests for comment.
The White House also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Permalink Send private email Guiya ncole 
December 3rd, 2017 11:12pm
The huge surprise here is that Trump's attorney, John Dowd, says he wrote a crazy tweet for Trump, one in which the President confesses to a crime.

That seems a very very strange thing for your attorney to want to do for you and to make a mistake on.

I wonder how many of POTUS tweets are ghost written? I guess we know from parody accounts it is very easy to copy POTUS' style, so just because we see the style doesn't mean it's really him.

Then again this is like when Ron Paul published some racist stuff in his magazine and later claimed those articles were ghost written.
Permalink Reality Check 
December 4th, 2017 7:25am
I presume it went something like this

<Trump> I'm going to clear the air on this right now! *grabs smartphone and opens Twitter*

* Trump's team pounces on him and pries the phone out of his hand

<Trump> YARGHH!!! Fuck you! You're all fired! GET OFF MY PLANE!

<Dowd> Stop fucking posting to Twitter about this investigation goddamnit!


<Dowd> Fucking fine, at least let me write the tweet

* Trump throws his phone at Dowd

<Trump> This better be good BITCH

* Dowd types and hastily hits send on tweet, accidentally incriminating Trump further

* Everyone on Air Force One facepalms so hard the plane rolls
Permalink Wabi-sabi 
December 4th, 2017 11:06am
Surprised Trump hasn't fired his lawyer yet and sued him into oblivion for malpractice and eaten his children.

Or, you know, probably because he can't because Trump's actually lying about him having written it and his lawyer can't just say "actually my client's totally lying about me having written it".
Permalink Wabi-sabi 
December 4th, 2017 11:09am
Rare time where I agree completely with Wabi-sabi. I'm sure it went down like that.

I'd add that the lawyer was drunk as a skunk since that's the only way he can deal with Trump, and Trump's original tweet was ten times more incriminating and dumb.

Someone decided the lawyer should review Trump's tweets and so he's been doing that for some time. Problem is that a lot of the tweets are so dumb that no amount of rewriting even by the greatest legal minds can fix them.
Permalink Reality Check 
December 4th, 2017 12:59pm

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