President Trump's personal lawyer is claiming that he, not Trump, was the author of a legally dubious tweet sent from Trump's account Saturday. "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies." That suggests Trump knew Flynn was guilty of a crime when he allegedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to halt his investigation of the former national security adviser the day after his firing, meaning the request could have been obstruction of justice. The lawyer, John Dowd, tells NBC News that the "sloppy" tweet was his work. He says he drafted it and sent it to White House social media director Dan Scavino. He says it was done over the phone, so he can't provide any emails to back up his story. "I'm out of the tweeting business," Dowd says. "I did not mean to break news." In other developments:
- A mistake. Dowd says Trump didn't know Flynn had lied to the FBI until Flynn's guilty plea and it was a mistake to suggest otherwise."The mistake was I should have put the lying to the FBI in a separate line referencing his plea," Dowd tells Reuters. "Instead, I put it together and it made all you guys go crazy. A tweet is a shorthand." He says he had never written a Trump tweet before, and he is "sorry he misled people."