Trump’s tweets central to legal cases on dossier, travel ban and more

“The President’s prolific use of Twitter continues to complicate his administration’s arguments,” and could get him in hot water, like it almost did, earlier this month, when he tweeted: “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!”:

The apparent admission made in the president’s tweet — that he knew Flynn had lied to the FBI at the time of his firing — would seem to add a potentially explosive new dimension to the ongoing special counsel investigation.

If true, why then would Trump ask the FBI director to go easy on Flynn, as former FBI Director James Comey later testified? The message set off renewed talk of potential evidence of obstruction of justice.

On that occasion, Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, quickly took the blame for the tweet, claiming it was he, not the president, who drafted it.