‘Oh My God’: Former DOJ Official Stunned as Trump Makes Shocking Admission of Guilt on Twitter

President Donald Trump appeared to admit to obstruction of justice in a poorly-devised tweet attempting to spin the Michael Flynn guilty plea.

“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!”

Daniel Dale, who covers Trump for The Toronto Star, pointed out on Twitter that this was the first time Trump has acknowledged he knew Flynn had committed a federal crime when he was fired, and still urged then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation into Flynn.

Matthew Miller, a former Department of Justice official under President Obama, did not beat around the bush, pointing out that Trump had just “admitted to obstruction of justice.”

“If Trump knew Flynn lied to the FBI when he asked Comey to let it go, then there is your case,” Miller wrote.

“Never tweet,” he added. “Especially if you’re going to tweet an admission to a crime.”

After questions began to rise about whether the president’s tweet constituted a confession, the White House threw Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, under the bus by having him take the blame for the tweet.

Dowd told NBC News that he drafted the tweet before sending it to Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino.

“I’m out of the tweeting business,” Dowd told NBC. “I did not mean to break news.”

But later, Trump continued to tweet, writing, “I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”

Trump claims it’s a lie on Twitter, but Comey testified under oath to Congress that Trump did in fact ask him to drop the Flynn investigation.

In June, Comey testified that Trump told him, “‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

“I replied only that ‘he is a good guy.'” Comey said. “I did not say I would ‘let this go.'”

Comey said in his testimony that he understood Trump’s remark as asking him to drop the Flynn investigation.

“It was very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency,” he told Congress.

After the testimony, and long before the Flynn and George Papadopoulos guilty pleas and the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was already calling Trump’s direction to Comey “obstruction of justice.

“There is a criminal investigation going on of one of the President’s top associations … he gets fired, he is under investigation and the President brings in the FBI Director and says ‘please stop your investigation,'” Toobin said after Comey’s testimony. “If that isn’t obstruction of justice, I don’t know what is.”



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