El Trumpollini just tweeted about Mike Flynn again and at first blush it doesn’t look like anything new.
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
But look closer – he says something that he’s never said before. The White House has always said Flynn was fired because he lied to Mike Pence. But now he’s adding that he fired him for lying to the FBI…
Liberals are saying this is basically admitting he committed obstruction of justice:
Oh my god, he 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. https://t.co/c6Wtd0TfzW— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 2, 2017
OK so, he’s got a point – Trump asked Comey to drop the Flynn matter when he was the FBI director. But there’s a big ol’ BUT in there. Here it is: BUT that’s according to the Comey memo version about what happened. Trump could easily deny that he ever asked him to drop the Flynn matter.
More people who think Trump just Obama’ed himself:
Trump seems to be admitting for the first time that he knew when he fired Flynn that Flynn had lied to the FBI. https://t.co/biHO1dr2yx— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 2, 2017
It seems Trump is saying he knew Flynn lied to the FBI. I wonder what the White House lawyers think of this tweet. https://t.co/biHO1dr2yx— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 2, 2017
President Trump just admitted to knowing that General Flynn had lied to the Vice President and the FBI. The fact he said he knew Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI back in Feb. when he asked him to resign, is an admittance of guilt. The FBI certainly didn't tell him this in Feb.— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) December 2, 2017
MORE LIES.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) December 2, 2017
(1) At the time, Trump said he fired Flynn because he wasn't honest with *Pence*; he didn't exhibit any concern about him lying to the FBI.
(2) Trump sought to *re-hire* Flynn 24 hours after firing him, suggesting that he didn't even care about Flynn lying to Pence. https://t.co/zTtHCVtVSu
Flynn was interviewed by the FBI on Jan. 24. Trump, who says he knew Flynn lied to them, didn’t ask for his resignation until Feb. 13. https://t.co/AwXFTUmoW9— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 2, 2017
This is kinda meaningless – who knows when Trump found out Flynn was lying to the FBI, or even if that’s accurate.
They think this is a “gotcha” but that would ONLY be the case if they could prove absolutely that Trump tried to get Comey to drop the matter against Flynn. I’m not sure anyone can do that.
And one last thing – tweets are not testimony. He could just say he forgot, or confused the two things, or lied, nobody cares. Always remember: nobody cares.