This is possibly the single most moronic tweet of this administration. Calling it sloppy drafting is like calling the Titanic incautious navigation.
Trump personal lawyer John Dowd is facing the worst possible fate of a Beltway barrister. He is about to become a noun, verb and adjective. It is a lonesome position that Robert Bork found himself 30 years ago when blocked for the Supreme Court. Now nominees are often evaluated according to whether they are “Borkable” or likely “to be borked.” A Dowd may soon be the operative term for a legal action that is so self-destructive and stupid as to compromise not only a client but yourself. More specifically, it could be simply the shorthand for “death by tweet.”
Dowd’s predicament arose after Washington was set alight by what may be the single most moronic tweet in the checkered tweet history of the administration. The president sent out a tweet responding former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s plea agreement by saying “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 three words “and the FBI” could constitute an admission against interest for the president in the investigation of possible obstruction of justice. Flynn was “fired” on Feb. 13, 2017. That was the day before Trump reportedly asked then FBI Director James Comey to ask him to go easy on Flynn. (Trump has denied that he ever asked Comey to drop the investigation against Flynn.)
With the media in full frenzy, Dowd came forward to fall on a sword. He claimed that the words were his alone and he was “sloppy” in referring to knowledge of lying to the FBI. However, this week media is reporting that White House Counsel Don McGahn told Trump before Flynn was fired that he believed Flynn had misled the FBI.
It is hard to imagine how Dowd could ethically continue to perform his duties as an attorney after compromising himself and his client so thoroughly. Dowd is now an obvious potential witness for special…