Did Trump Just Admit to Obstructing Justice on Twitter?

Did Trump Just Admit to Obstructing Justice on Twitter?

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump had been unusually quiet on Twitter about the bombshell news that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian officials. But in doing so, Trump may have admitted to something that could get him in trouble in the future because his tweet suggested he knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when he fired him. “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” Trump tweeted. There was nothing to hide!” I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. Because it would suggest Trump knew more about Flynn's lies than what he has said publicly. “The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, 'He is a good guy and has been through a lot’,” Comey said in his written testimony to Congress. That revelation though didn’t stop critics from questioning how much Trump knew about Flynn’s lies to the FBI and whether he tried to obstruct justice. And why did you pressure Director Comey to “let this go?” https://t.co/Ea4kOBpWPv — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 2, 2017 Rep. Ted Lieu of California was even more direct and apparently couldn’t contain his shock, deciding to tweet using capital letters: “THIS IS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE,” he wrote. “Before we slipped into an alternate universe of unabashed corruption, this tweet alone might have ended a Presidential administration,” Shaub wrote. — Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 2, 2017

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President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on December 2, 2017.

President Donald Trump had been unusually quiet on Twitter about the bombshell news that his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian officials. But in doing so, Trump may have admitted to something that could get him in trouble in the future because his tweet suggested he knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when he fired him.

“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” Trump tweeted. “He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017

The first part of the tweet immediately raised eyebrows. Why? Because it would suggest Trump knew more about Flynn’s lies than what he has said publicly. When Trump fired Flynn on Feb. 13 he only said it was because his then-national security adviser had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian officials. The Washington Post revealed news that Flynn had lied to the FBI as well three days after he was fired. More importantly though, it would suggest Trump knew that Flynn had lied to the FBI when he asked then-FBI chief James Comey to go easy on…

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