Trump Regime

Trump Clearly Obstructed Justice

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

After Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was indicted, Trump tweeted that he knew Flynn lied to the FBI, an apparent admission that he knowingly obstructed justice when he asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation of Flynn.


Recognizing that Trump tweeted a very stupid and incriminating thing, Trump's people rushed to take credit for the stupid tweet and seem to have settled on the lie that Trump's lawyer drafted the incriminating statement.

That obviously doesn't make any sense at all and CNN now reports that White House Counsel Don McGahn told Trump that Flynn lied to the FBI weeks before Flynn was forced out.

The White House's chief lawyer told President Donald Trump in January he believed then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had misled the FBI and lied to Vice President Mike Pence and should be fired, a source familiar with the matter said Monday. [...]

White House counsel Donald McGahn told Trump that based on his conversation with then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, he believed Flynn had not told the truth in his interview with the FBI or to Pence, the source said. McGahn did not tell the President that Flynn had violated the law in his FBI interview or was under criminal investigation, the source said.

We don't know who CNN's source is, but it seems that Trump's attacks on the FBI and the intelligence community have produced some of the most damaging reports on him.

Trump spent the weekend attacking the FBI for not charging Hillary Clinton with... something.

  • muselet

    As a number of people have pointed out, it’s obvious a lawyer did not write that December 2 tweet: lawyers do not say “pled,” they say “pleaded” (not to mention the characteristic Trumpian abuse of the English language).

    The description of the conversation raises new questions about what Trump knew about Flynn’s situation when he urged then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn and whether anyone in the White House, including the President himself, attempted to obstruct justice.

    “Raises new questions.” Give Kara Scannell credit, she can do understatement with the best of them.

    If Donald Trump knew Michael Flynn had given false statements to the FBI when he asked James Comey to drop his investigation into Flynn—and again when he fired Comey—then he’s in deep trouble, because most of the lawyers I’ve seen call that a clear case of obstruction of justice.

    President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, John Dowd, said Monday the President cannot be guilty of obstructing justice, according to an interview with Axios.

    In the afterlife, Richard Nixon is shaking his head in wonder at Dowd’s—and Trump’s—shamelessness.

    (Also, Trump’s periodic blatherings about Hillary Clinton are intended to keep The Base good and riled up. Whether they make any sense to the rest of us is irrelevant.)

    –alopecia

    • Badgerite

      One has to wonder what the WSJ is about when they claim that an investigation that is securing all of these guilty pleas needs to end? So the rule of law means nothing to the WSJ. I’m so surprised.
      Nothing Murdoch touches can ever be trusted.

      • muselet

        It predates Rupert Murdoch. The WSJ’s editorial board has always slanted toward the Right fringe of politics.

        I’m not saying his ownership hasn’t degraded the paper’s editorial integrity, just that there wasn’t much there in the first place. (To be clear, I’m talking about the op-ed pages, not the news pages.)

        –alopecia

        • Badgerite

          Agreed.

  • Username1016

    That little clip of protesters chanting “Lock him up!” at Michael Flynn after his guilty plea was just sooooooo satisfying. The worm has turned. I hope he enjoyed it.

    • Draxiar

      It’ll be all the sweeter when it’s chanted at trump.

  • ninjaf

    They just want her charged with Being A Clinton and Still Breathing.

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