Trump’s Team Just Pulled A Nixon Defense; Their Latest Claim Is INSANE (DETAILS) | THE POLITICUS

Trump’s Team Just Pulled A Nixon Defense; Their Latest Claim Is INSANE (DETAILS)

The Trump administration is pulling out all the stops in their ridiculous excuses for the president’s stunning admission of guilt via Twitter in the case of when he knew the Mike Flynn was lying to the FBI, and whether it constitutes obstruction of justice, since he asked James Comey, the FBI Director he fired, to stop pursuing Flynn.

Let’s forget for a moment that Trump that his justification for firing Comey was, in fact, that he wouldn’t drop the Russia investigation, because that’s already obstruction of justice, but it doesn’t seem to have been a strong enough case to fire his ass yet.

In the latest debacle, the tweet that Trump sent is problematic in many ways for him:

As described above, if Trump knew that Flynn was lying and then he asked Comey to stop investigating him, it’s clearly obstruction. But there’s also the idea that if Trump knew Flynn had lied to the FBI and didn’t report it, that’s a crime of its own.

So Team Trump sent in a lawyer to fall on his sword: John Dowd claims that in fact HE authored the tweet above. But they didn’t think very far ahead, because that presents its own problem. The White House has never walked back claims that the president’s tweets are “official statements,” as Sean Spicer claimed in June. That means that John Dowd was either:

  1. Making official statements without Trump’s knowledge
  2. Making them WITH Trump’s knowledge, which is the same as if Trump had tweeted it himself
  3. Acting as the president because he has Trump’s Twitter password

That’s it. Those are the three options.

Obviously somebody told these clowns about that cock-up as well, because now Dowd is out there saying the most ridiculous thing yet — that it isn’t possible for the president to obstruct justice, “because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case.”

That sounds pretty familiar.

Aside from the fact that it’s complete bullshit,

…there’s also the fact that Article Three in the impeachment of Bill Clinton — which totally happened, he just wasn’t convicted by the Senate — was literally obstruction of justice:

They’re getting desperate now, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.


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