Donald Trump’s love of Twitter is well documented. Like an emotionally unstable narcissistic tween with serious impulse control issues and a very limited vocabulary, Trump’s Twitter meltdowns have become nearly daily occurrences. They’re constant reminders of what a national embarrassment we have calling himself the “president.”
While Trump likes to often claim the media would love for him to stop tweeting, the exact opposite is actually true. Especially on days like Saturday when he essentially admitted that he’s guilty of obstructing justice.
For those of you who might have missed it, Trump sent out a tweet where he claims that he fired Michael Flynn because he knew that he had lied to the FBI and Mike Pence. This contradicts official reports from last February when it was reported that the former national security advisor had resigned.
Though Trump’s tweet was especially significant considering, according to former FBI director James Comey, Trump tried to pressure him into ending the investigation into Flynn. That means, based on Trump’s own admission, that he was blatantly trying to obstruct justice when he attempted to interfere in an active investigation into someone he apparently knew had committed a crime.
Within minutes of Trump sending it, the dominating headline became something along the lines of Trump Admits to Obstructing Justice in Tweet.
Personally, I viewed it as a bit of a Freudian slip.
Obviously Trump would never knowingly admit that he was guilty of obstructing justice. However, in his desperate attempt to make himself look powerful, while making Flynn look like a dishonest crook, Trump’s own stupidity had accidentally let slip out the fact that he knew his former national security advisor had lied to the FBI when he tried pressuring Comey to end the investigation into him.
Yet that’s when one of the most asinine excuses I’ve heard in a long time was put out by one of Trump’s lawyers who claimed it was he, not this “president,” who sent that tweet.
As I’ve said quite a few times over the last couple of years, if you’re stupid enough to believe that, then you’re probably stupid enough to be a Trump supporter.
I don’t believe for a moment that Trump’s lawyer sent this tweet. It’s like Kurt Eichenwald said on Twitter, this seems much more like Trump and his legal team hiding lies behind the veil of “attorney client privilege.”
While I’m not a technological expert, I’m fairly certain that law enforcement can trace a tweet back to a particular device, IP, or location. If they can do that, then it should be easy to find out where, exactly, that tweet was sent from which would tell us who sent it. If this tweet is ever needed in a criminal case concerning Trump (doubtful, considering there would be plenty of other evidence before charges were ever brought) that information could be a piece of evidence used against him.
That’s probably why, on Monday, one of Trump’s lawyers then tried to insist that a president can’t be charged with obstructing justice, which is even more absurd. While a president definitely has a lot of power, they’re not above the law. To argue that a president can’t obstruct justice is to essentially argue that they’re above the law and, in turn, do not have to adhere to our Constitution.
Yes, for those of you who might be wondering, “Isn’t making that argument essentially an admission of guilt that Trump did, in fact, try to obstruct justice?” — yes it is. Otherwise I don’t see the point in one of Trump’s lawyers arguing that he couldn’t have obstructed justice unless they’re afraid that he did.
What we’re now witnessing is a panicked and scrambling “president,” along with an administration and legal counsel that really doesn’t know what to say or do. Just in the last couple of days their stories have changed, Trump’s lashing out at the FBI — basically doing what I predicted on Friday he would do — and we’re still only at the beginning. It’s only been a few days since Flynn agreed to become a witness for the FBI so I can guarantee that the behavior of Trump and his administration is only going to become much more desperate in the coming days, weeks, and months.
Though I think it’s clear that Trump’s plan going forward is going to be try to undermine the credibility of the FBI, push conspiracies and bring up Hillary Clinton’s name as much as possible, while also arguing that he can’t be guilty of obstructing justice because he’s the “president.”
I guess only time will tell. As for now, I’m not buying for a second that this tweet was sent out by anyone but Donald Trump or that this “president,” or any president, for that matter, is above the law.