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Politics Trump tweet on firing Flynn was authored by Trump's lawyer: report

08:20  03 december  2017
08:20  03 december  2017 Source:   thehill.com

2 big holes in Trump lawyer John Dowd's explanation of that disastrous tweet

  2 big holes in Trump lawyer John Dowd's explanation of that disastrous tweet John Dowd seems to be arguing that Sally Yates told the White House more than she let on in congressional testimony.So Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, sought to clarify a few things to The Post on Sunday. Dowd said Trump did, in fact, know at the time that Flynn had probably given the FBI the same contradictory information he had given Pence about his contacts with Russia's ambassador. Why? Because of those meetings between then-acting attorney general Sally Yates and White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II.

President Trump ' s tweet Saturday saying he had fired Michael Flynn as national security adviser because he lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI was reportedly authored by Trump ' s personal lawyer , John Dowd. Two sources familiar with the tweet told The Washington Post Saturday that

President Trump ' s tweet Saturday saying he had fired Michael Flynn as national security adviser because he lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI was reportedly authored by Trump ' s personal lawyer , John Dowd. Two sources familiar with the tweet told The Washington Post Saturday that

Trump tweet on firing Flynn was authored by Trump's lawyer: report © Provided by The Hill Trump tweet on firing Flynn was authored by Trump's lawyer: report President Trump's tweet Saturday saying he had fired Michael Flynn as national security adviser because he lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI was reportedly authored by Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd.

Two sources familiar with the tweet told The Washington Post Saturday that Dowd, Trump's chief counsel, had crafted the tweet. The White House has not yet made a statement about the tweet, but its authorship could change the tweet's pertinence in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling.

Comey after Trump tweet about Flynn firing: The truth 'cannot be long hidden'

  Comey after Trump tweet about Flynn firing: The truth 'cannot be long hidden' Former FBI Director James Comey offered a cryptic message on social media Saturday, saying the truth "cannot be long hidden" shortly after President Trump said he fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI. "Beautiful Long Island Sound from Westport, CT," Comey wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. "To paraphrase the Buddha - Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun; the moon; and the truth."Beautiful Long Island Sound from Westport, CT. To paraphrase the Buddha - Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun; the moon; and the truth.

While Mr. Trump ’ s tweet on Saturday raised questions about what he knew, he did not actually write it, according to two people briefed on the matter. It was composed by his top personal lawyer , John Dowd, who was in contact with Mr. Trump on Friday and Saturday, trying to calm him after Mr. Flynn ’s guilty

© Provided by The Hill Trump tweet on firing Flynn was authored by Trump ' s lawyer : report President Trump ' s tweet Saturday saying he had fired Michael Flynn as national security adviser because he lied to Vice President Pence and the FBI was reportedly authored by Trump ' s personal

Trump early Saturday tweeted, "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies."

"It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!" he added.

The tweet caused shockwaves, as legal experts suggested that if Trump knew that Flynn had lied to the FBI and then asked Comey to drop the investigation, it could amount to obstruction of justice.

Trump in February said he axed Flynn because he lied to the vice president - but did not mention anything related to what the national security adviser told the FBI.

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to federal investigators about his conversations during the presidential transition with Russia's U.S. ambassador about sanctions related to the Kremlin's election interference.

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Trump lawyer: Mueller done with White House interviews, probe will be done within 'a few weeks' .
President Trump's personal attorney Ty Cobb said Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller has finished interviews with all the White House staff members he intends to speak with, according to multiple media reports. The special counsel's office declined to comment, however.Cobb has previously said he believes t he Mueller probe could be over soon.In August, he told Reuters he would be "embarrassed" if the probe was continuing past Thanksgiving. Weeks later, Mueller announced former national security adviser Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.

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