Trump's Lawyer Says He Wrote Tweet That Caused Uproar
Legal experts find it hard to believe
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2017 5:50 AM CST

  • Sally Yates. Dowd tells NBC that the tweet referred to statements made by then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates when she visited the White House in late January. He says Yates told White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn had given FBI agents and Vice President Mike Pence the same story. "All the president knew was that the department was not accusing him of lying," he says.
  • "More Fake News." Trump referenced the uproar in one of many tweets over the weekend about the FBI and the Russia probe. I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn," he tweeted. "Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!"
  • It "doesn't make sense." Analysts say they find it hard to believe that Dowd, a former Justice Department attorney, wouldn't have realized the implications of the tweet, the Guardian reports. It "doesn't make sense," tweeted lawyer Brandi Jones. Others wondered whether a lawyer with Dowd's decades of experience would really have written "pled" instead of "pleaded."
  • Making things worse? Former federal prosecutor Barak Cohen tells the Washington Post that the tweet appears to bolster any possible obstruction of justice case, whether Trump wrote it or not. "If President Trump sends it, then Trump has adopted it. It’s his statement," Cohen says. "The bottom line is the tweet is still bad for Trump—it makes things worse for him." Insiders tell the Post that the tweet "caused enormous consternation in the White House" when officials realized it could help the Mueller investigation build a case.
(On Sunday, Trump said the FBI's reputation is "in tatters.")

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