But as bizarre as that Tweet was, it only got weirder when John Dowd, one of the Trump "Legal Nightmare Team", claimed that he wrote the Tweet, not Trump. Apparently, we and Trump are about to find out.
Certainly he does have that right, agreed former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter. But that is not a defense. And yet, despite all this, it's unlikely that the Flynn revelations will do any lasting damage to the Trump administration.
It's also true that the president as the head of the executive branch and therefore head of the the Justice Department, has the constitutional authority to decide who gets prosecuted and which staff he can terminate. During the investigation into the Iran-Contra scandal that engulfed Ronald Reagan's administration, independent counsel Lawrence Walsh also considered whether obstruction charges should be filed against President Reagan.
Which brings us to a third individual who must have at least allowed himself a smirk if not a smile: James Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director, specifically because of his Russia investigation, by the president's own words.
For prosecutors, the moment came on Saturday.
That tweet appeared to indicate a change in the White House explanation for Flynn's firing, suggesting Trump was aware when the White House dismissed Flynn on Feb. 13 that the national security adviser had lied to the FBI, whose agents had interviewed him weeks earlier.
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The issue could be "an unsettling factor to the global order", said Makoto Sengoku, market analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Centre. It is a decision that will likely be popular with many conservative and evangelical Christians in his political base.
The president's aides and legal advisers have scrambled for 48 hours to explain a presidential tweet that raised the specter of obstruction.
In Yates's testimony, she pointedly stated that she had declined to tell White House Counsel Don McGahn about how Flynn's interview had gone. "If I did a 10th of what [Clinton] did, I would be in jail today", he thundered, leading the crowd in a chant of "lock her up".
Strzok's removal almost certainly reflected a desire to insulate the investigators from any claims of political bias or favouritism. And in December 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached for obstruction of justice in relation to a sexual harassment lawsuit and a federal grand jury inquiry.
There is some precedent to show this would be the case. Or perhaps as acting Attorney General Sally Yates told the White House before she was fired, "Flynn might be compromised".
It is not known when the FBI blocked information about Strzok on its website.
Sources told CNN that a handful of people were responsible for reviewing the language in Comey's draft as the edits were made. I'd be careful if I were you, Mr. President. Trump is not the first president to face serious allegations of obstruction, and he may not be the last.
FBI boss sends email to boost employee morale
What is going on here? FBI Director Chris Wray sent an internal email to FBI employees Monday amid concerns about morale. Right now, good fortune seems to be on the president's side. "And in awe", Weissmann emailed Yates.
Gonzales said it is important to remember that one of the reasons Ford gave for pardoning Nixon was his concern that Nixon would be indicted and tried for criminal acts. He repeatedly demanded the FBI director pledge personal loyalty to him, and fired him when he failed to demonstrate his obsequience to the president's satisfaction.
"You shouldn't assume there would never be a prosecution of a sitting president still". His newest book Anatomy of Failure: Why America Has Lost Every War It Starts is just out. Then the real question becomes not whether the president obstructed justice, but whether his actions warrant "high crimes and misdemeanors" worthy of impeachment.
"We now know from the documents we have seen they were frantically trying to cover it up", Watters said.
Flynn arrives for a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington on Dec. 1. Dowd's remarks, reported Monday morning by Axios, have little basis in text or history, and they fly in the face of a decades-old bipartisan consensus: the obstruction of justice statutes indeed apply to the president.
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